Dark Chocolate and Red Wine Cookies

February 8, 2012


Here’s a Valentine’s Day recipe to make you swoon.


A chocolate cookie made with red wine may sound strange, but I assure you it is a tiny bite of heaven. It’s like one of those phenomena that makes you ask, “is this too good to be true?” Like magically scoring tickets to the Oprah Winfrey show  (when it was still on the air) on the very day that she happens to be giving away Christian Louboutins to everyone in the audience! Can you imagine?! Yeah, that’s what these cookies are like. Pure amour.

Ingredients: (makes 2 to 3 dozen cookies)

Adapted from Simply Scratch

1 1/2 cups flour

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 stick unsalted butter

3/4 cup sugar

3/4 cup brown sugar, packed

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup red wine (I used pinot noir, but you could use merlot, red zinfandel or any red table wine)

1 bag (10 oz) semisweet chocolate chips (I used mini chips)

Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. 

In a mixing bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, salt. and baking soda.  Set aside.

In a separate mixing  bowl, cream together the butter and sugar.  Next, add in the egg, vanilla, and red wine.  Mix until well combined.

Then, slowly add in the dry ingredients until mixed well. 

Finally, fold in the chocolate chips.

The batter will be silky and gorgeous. (And tastes incredible!)


Let’s have a closer look.


Spoon the batter onto a prepared baking pan, leaving a few inches in between. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Let cool slightly before serving.



Aren’t these gorgeous? And they are intense. The chocolate is silken with a tangy red wine finish.


Perfect for your valentine. xoxo

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CHRISTIAN D October 18, 2015 at 2:02 pm

The cocoa powder is overpowering. Tastes more like a chocolate chip cookie.

Barbra May 17, 2015 at 8:28 pm

It’s going to be finish of mine day, but before end I am reading this enormous paragraph to increase my experience.

Lindsay is Broke January 31, 2014 at 12:44 pm

These were really good! Came out a bit flatter than I wanted, and I didn’t use any substitutions. The flavor was incredible! The batter had much more red wine flavor (we used Malbec because it’s what we had) and I wish it came out a bit more in the cookies, but you can DEFINITELY tell that the chocolate gets a major boost from the red wine. Awesome!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods June 10, 2014 at 7:31 am

Glad you liked them! :)

Nhadia guzman December 12, 2013 at 9:58 am

So, they are amazingly delicious but had a few questions. They are falling apart easily. Is there a particular type of pan to cook in? Did I put too little matter on spoon? Just need advice. Not a baker here. Thanks

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods January 5, 2014 at 1:43 pm

Use a cookie sheet. Make sure the cookie dough doesn’t get too wet or dry. Allow to cool fully before removing from cookie sheet. Good luck!

becky April 4, 2013 at 5:37 pm

Awesome!!! Easy and excellent results. Woo Hoo. Will do again.

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods April 6, 2013 at 9:21 pm

Great! Thanks!

andrea morales November 5, 2012 at 10:31 pm

these is amazing =) so i need to know ..is that I can replace the wine? or is it necessary?

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods November 8, 2012 at 9:24 am

Glad you like the recipe! You could definitely use a different type of red wine. If you don’t use wine, you’ll need to sub in something else to give the batter moisture. You could always try Kahlua or Frangelico or another tasty liquor.

Emily September 2, 2012 at 4:22 pm

I just made these for a dinner party I’m throwing tonight … It is insane how good they are! Melt-in-your-mouth, more than words can describe delicious! If you haven’t tried these, go make a batch RIGHT NOW!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods September 8, 2012 at 8:33 am

Thanks for writing, Emily! I’m so pleased you like the cookies! These are some of my favorites.

Sara W. February 27, 2012 at 9:49 pm

Found through Tastespotting.com. I am baking these right now. So. Great. THANK YOU

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods February 28, 2012 at 8:55 am

So glad to hear it! You are most welcome!

Ranjani @ Four Seasons of Food February 11, 2012 at 6:00 pm

Wow, these look and sound amazing!

Lorri February 10, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Red wine and chocolate in a cookie? Genius! So glad I found these! Absolutely cannot wait to try them!

Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) February 10, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Yeah…I’m gonna have to try these!

Lauren at Keep It Sweet February 9, 2012 at 7:35 am

I would have loved to be in that audience:-) These cookies sound amazing!

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table February 8, 2012 at 11:26 pm

These are gorgeous! I’ve been thinking about red wine chocolate cookies ever since I made red wine cake balls.. you read my mind! Totally making these post-cleanse.

Aparna B. @ Not A Leaf February 8, 2012 at 11:23 pm

Holy crap, girl! These look amazing! So ooey, gooey, chewy and chocolatey! How many more “-ey”‘s can I fit in here?? I have GOT to make these for the hubs this weekend! YUM!

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