Dark Chocolate Nugget Cookies

Dark Chocolate Nugget Cookies

Good morning! And hello to these Dark Chocolate Nugget Cookies. They belong in your cookie jar as we speak. I’m also guessing you probably have all the ingredients to make these little guys in your pantry and fridge. That is a great reason to make them. Oh yeah, and one more reason, they are slap-your-momma GOOOOOD.

That’s a real phrase, I didn’t make it up.

Every morning, I’ve been having the same routine: Breakfast of Insulin, toast with butter and a sprinkling of salt (butter on the insulin, salt on the toast). I’ve been gulping down a cup of hot black coffee before I can even get vertical and praying to the God of the heavens that I don’t have to get out of my comfy bed. But, then I realize that if I want to afford my groceries this month I’d better get moving. I slowly walk to the bathroom and stare at myself in the mirror, and wonder how it’s possible that I look like Mickey Rourke after eight, okay nine, hours of sleep.

Test, shower, work, test, eat, work, test, insulin, dinner, test, insulin, test, sleep, rinse and repeat.

But, I cannot complain. I’m feeling better every day. I’m getting used to my routines and getting used to pricking my thumb (something wicked this way comes). I’m slowly coming to terms with my new normal. I’m finding that there is hope. I’m seeing my number trend downward. I’m understanding that I can eat a Dark Chocolate Nugget Cookie if I so desire. And I’m so thankful for that.

Dark Chocolate Nugget Cookies

Also, having the energy to blog again and THAT has been my biggest joy. Before I was diagnosed with my Type 1 diabetes, I thought I just was getting sick of blogging. I thought I didn’t have the mental and physical energy to do it.  Easy things became hard and hard things became harder. When I was officially diagnosed, I thought long and hard about quitting this thing all together.

Quitting my DREAM.

The saddest thought I’ve ever had. Especially since this wouldn’t have been the first dream I’ve given up on. But slowly and surely, as November faded, my energy came back to normal. It came back with my desire to shop, cook, test, shoot, write, promote, rinse and repeat. I couldn’t be happier to feel well again. I had completely forgotten what it felt like to not get winded taking the stairs or to have enough willpower to leave my comfy bed.

These Dark Chocolate Nugget Cookies are a real treat—even if I did just spend this whole blog post updating you on my health. My blog posts tend to blur the line between personal and food all the time. Don’t let that deter you from making these guys and sinking your teeth into one of my all-time favorite Christmas cookies, the Dark Chocolate Nugget. Enjoy!

Dark Chocolate Nugget Cookies

Dark Chocolate Nugget Cookies

Dark Chocolate Nugget Cookies

Dark Chocolate Nugget Cookies

Dark Chocolate Nugget Cookies

Print Recipe
Serves: 24 Cooking Time: 10-12 minutes


  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons high quality unsweetened cocoa powder (Ghiradelli's is a good brand)
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • Sprinkles



Cream butter and sugar in a standing mixer, add the egg and beat until incorporated. Add the rest of the ingredients and beat on medium-high for 2-3 minutes.


Chill dough for 30 minutes.


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.


Scoop two tablespoons of dough and roll into a ball and then roll in the sprinkles until evenly covered. Bake on a parchment-lined (or use a silicone baking mat liner) cookie sheet for 10-12 minutes.

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