Chocolate Hugs

This may be a bold statement, but I think this just might be my personal favorite cookie for the Christmas season.  These cookies are cakey and fudgey, and so delicious, and I love the hug on top!  I like to eat all the way around and save the hug for last…  Who’s with me??

The very best part about this recipe is that it includes a few simple modifications from this recipe, which I also make every holiday season, and a whole new and very different cookie is born.  I live for stuff like that!

Sadly, baking powder and salt did not show up for the picture…  Divas!

Chocolate Hugs


  • 1 Cup Unsweetened Baking Cocoa
  • 2 Cups White, Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Canola Oil
  • 4 Eggs
  • 2 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp. Salt
  • 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • Sugar (for rolling)
  • 72 Unwrapped Hershey’s Hugs


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine cocoa powder, white sugar, and canola oil and stir with a wooden spoon until mixed well.
  3. Beat in eggs, one at a time, and then stir in the vanilla.  The batter will be dark and very glossy at this point.
  4. Stir in baking powder and salt, and then add flour, about 1/2 cup at a time.  The mixture will get very hard to mix; I always ending up mixing by hand.
  5. At this point, put the dough in the freezer for at least 30 minutes.  This is an important step because the dough is extremely sticky; you’ll want it frozen so that you can easily form the dough into balls!
  6. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.  Roll dough into small balls, about 1 inch, and roll them thoroughly in granulated sugar before placing them on the cookie sheet.
  7. Bake in preheated oven for 8 minutes.  As soon as the cookies come out of the oven, gently push a Hug into the center of each cookie.

Yield: Approximately 5 Dozen Cookies


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