Smoked Chocolate Cookies Recipe

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Some sweet treats that really bring the heat…er, smoke!

Smoked Chocolate Cookies Recipe photos: heather for we heart this

I’m going to be honest with you – these are some pretty burly cookies. They are intense, in that “pair with some whiskey” kind of way. Not that that’s a bad thing.

I didn’t start out with the intention of making such a wildly intense cookie, but you know what’s a bummer about the Internet? Every time you have an idea that you think is totally original and awesome, you realize that other people have already had that idea. Lots of people, as a matter of fact. I was going share some spicy chocolate cookies I love, and then not one, not two, but THREE recipes all too similar were posted in the last month. And those are just from the blogs I actually follow.

bottle of Lazy Kettle liquid smoke

While racking my brain for a plan B, I remembered the bottle of Lazy Kettle liquid smoke I purchased a while back. I have never used liquid smoke before, but I had an amazing smoke-flavored ice cream at a restaurant that I wanted to try to replicate, so I snatched that little bottle up. Smoke happens to go marvelously with chocolate, so I figured why not give it a whirl?

While investigating what exactly liquid smoke is (basically water that has captured the flavor of smoke) I learned that it is pretty touchy stuff and easy to over-use. I got a little nervous and went drop by drop, tasting in between, but eventually decided that since chocolate is pretty robust on its own, this cookie could handle a generous amount. Get the deepest, darkest cocoa you can get your hands on. If you’re going to have cookies, you might as well get some extra mileage out of it. They’re pretty rich on their own, but if you want extra credit, go big and throw some chocolate chips in there. Why not?

Smoked Chocolate Cookies

Smoked Chocolate Cookies
Makes 24 cookies


1 ½ cups flour
2 tbsp cocoa powder
¼ cup honey
½ cup brown sugar, packed
½ cup (1 stick) salted butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla paste or extract
10 drops liquid smoke*
Granulated sugar
Smoked salt

Note: Apparently not all liquid smoke is created equal, as some have other things like caramel color or molasses added to them. I would recommend getting an all-natural version like Lazy Kettle. You can find liquid smoke in most major grocery stores around the condiments like Worcestershire sauce. Now you’ll have some on hand to fancy up your meat and soups! Smoked French Onion soup? Yes please.


whisked flour and cocoa in a large bowl

1. Whisk together flour and cocoa in a large bowl. Set aside.

2. In a new bowl, cream honey, brown sugar, and butter, stopping at least once to scrape down the sides of the bowl.

Tip: If you only have unsalted butter, add a pinch of salt to the dry ingredients

3. Mix half the flour mixture into the butter mixture.

4. Dissolve baking soda in 1 ½ tsp boiling water and beat into the flour and butter mixture, then add rest of the flour, mixing with a wooden spoon. The mix will be a little dry at first but will moisten up. Be careful not to overwork it, stopping as soon as it is completely moistened.

chocolate dough

5. Wrap the dough and refrigerate for 1 hour. Preheat over to 325°.

granulated sugar poured into small circle dough

6. Pour some granulated sugar into a small bowl. Roll the dough into 1-inch balls and coat in sugar. Place on a cookie sheet, then gently flatten just a little. The thicker the dough, the softer the cookie will be. Press a few grains of smoked salt on top of each cookie.

flatten chocolate dough

7. Bake for 16 minutes. Cool on a cooling rack.

Finally, pour yourself a big glass of milk – or some whiskey – and enjoy!

Smoked Chocolate Cookies

we heartsters – do you love smoked treats? What are your favorites?

Heather blogs at foodforfunandpleasure and is a spice mistress extraordinaire at the Spice Station in Silverlake, CA.


  • heather

    Heather is a midwesterner living in Los Angeles and enjoys concocting weird flavor combinations and exploring delicious ethnic foods. She also knows her way around the spice cabinet like nobody's business.


  1. Cookies and whiskey… I like where this is going! I do love smokey flavored things. Smoked gouda and anything with smoked paprika are two of my faves. I wonder if you could make a cookie with smoked paprika? It’s a little sweet so I think it could work! (I can’t bake/cook to save my life though, so I’ll leave the experimentation to the pros).

    Nevermind, I just did a quick google search, and apparently that’s already been invented too.

  2. OMG these look amazing! I love chocolate cookies. Never heard of Liquid smoke either :) Love learning about new food stuffs!

  3. These look great! I happen to love smoked just about everything but have yet to have a Smoked Chocolate Cookie! I have liquid smoke but it’s so old.. I wonder how long the shelf life is for it!
    I think these would be great with a strong smoked beer, just saying!
    German Rauchbier or smoked beer is a distinctively smoke flavored beer made from barley malt dried over an open flame. The best known Rauchbiers are made in Bamberg Germany.

  4. @irene – Yum! Love that idea. Sounds like a cookie tasting is in order!

    @lipglossandspandex – Right?! All the good ideas are taken. :) I’ve never tried sweet cookies with smoked paprika, but I do like it in a shortbread with some rosemary – somewhere between sweet & savory.

  5. These are so decadent, so intense, so luscious that I would need to pair them with a cold mug of milk–skip the low-fat and go for whole milk here! Delish . . .

    1. Yes, I do imbibe spirits. I would want to savor the taste of the cookies!

  6. Hmmm…I would have never thought to add liquid smoke to cookies…but if you say they are good I will give it a try! Thanks for sharing.

  7. I love the idea of a punch you in the face chocolate cookie, and smoky ANYTHING is good. I remember having bottles of liquid smoke in my parents house because they used it to make beef jerky in their dehydrator.
    MAN, now I want cookies AND beef jerky. Thanks, @heather! :-)

  8. Liquid smoke in cookies? Genius! This is SO going in my “to try” pile.

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