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Midnight cookies recipe – quick and tasty

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Fancy something quick and tasty tonight? I’ve got you covered with this midnight cookies recipe! They are super simple, frugal, can be in the oven in under 10 minutes and best of all they taste delicious!

I love a super quick recipe. Sometimes you want that satisfaction of baking, without spending an age in the kitchen on prep work or washing up. This midnight cookies recipe is ideal when short on time and can be in the oven in under 10 minutes!

Cooking time is fast too and they are tasty – which is what it is all about really isn’t it! If you want to get cooking then skip near the end of this post for my printable recipe card complete with midnight cookies recipe.

If you’re in the US, and want to make some super quick cookies, then be sure to check out these Quick Pudding Cookies.

Finished midnight cookies on a cooling rack

Ingredients for midnight cookies recipe

130g butter (dairy-free is fine!)

160g caster sugar

One beaten egg

1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract

120g plain flour

40g cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)

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Method for midnight cookies recipe

I light my oven to gas mark 5 (190C) and then I line two baking trays with liners. I like to use *reusable baking tray liners but because they are cheap and long lasting. It saves using foil too which I always find fiddly.

First I cream together the butter and sugar. Then I add in the egg and vanilla. I use a sieve to mix the cocoa powder, flour and bicarbonate of soda to ensure the mixture is smooth. Then I add the dry mixture to the wet mixture and combine. That is it! The mixture is ready.

I use walnut-sized balls of mixture and get at least 14 or 16 cookies from this mixture, sometimes more. I find that dampening my hands makes it easy to roll out the dough into little balls.

Baking time for this midnight cookies recipe is around 11 minutes. I check after 10 minutes and take them out when they are still a little bit soft. They will harden up on the tray and then I cool them on a cooling rack.

These are absolutely delicious! This midnight cookies recipe is one that I whip up regularly. The cookies last a few days in a storage container. They are delicious, cheap to make, simple and if you use Pure or a similar spread they can be dairy free too.

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Looking for easy midnight desserts?

This recipe is the ONE! It takes just minutes to prepare and you’ll be eating delicious, hot cookies in next to no time.

We love a spot of midnight baking in our home, on those rare date nights that don’t seem to come around much anymore, and we want to never end, and these midnight cookies hit the spot every single time!

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How to make delicious chocolate midnight cookies:

Finished midnight cookies on a cooling rack
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midnight cookies recipe

Delicious midnight cookies that are frugal and take next to no time to get in the oven!

Course Dessert
Cuisine British
Keyword baking, cookies
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Total Time 16 minutes
Servings 12 cookies
Calories 146 kcal
Author Katykicker


  • 130 g butter
  • 160 g caster sugar
  • 1 beaten egg free-range
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 120 g plain flour
  • 40 g cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda


  1. Light your oven to gas mark 5 (190C). 

  2. Line two baking trays with baking tray liners or greaseproof paper. 

  3. Cream together the butter and sugar. 

  4. Add the egg and vanilla to the creamed butter & sugar.

  5. In a separate bowl sieve together the cocoa powder, flour & bicarbonate of soda. Mix. 

  6. Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture and combine. 

  7. Dampen your hands. Roll out walnut-sized balls of the mixture, 6-8 to a tray. 

  8. Bake for 10-11 minutes. Remove when still slightly soft. 

  9. Leave to cool (and harden) on a baking tray. 

Nutrition Facts
midnight cookies recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 146
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Note: All calorie information is for demonstration purposes only and is based on the specific uncooked ingredients that I used when creating the recipe.

Products I use when making my midnight cookies recipe:

Fancy jazzing these up a little? You can add some chocolate chips if you want to make them extra special!

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Like this recipe? Fancy trying another one of my recipes? Here are some great ones:

Chocolate chip brioche rolls

Cheap banana bread

Millionaires shortbread

3 ingredient mug cake

Chocolate ripple cheesecake

Dairy free oat biscuits [DF, GF, SF]

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Friday 24th of February 2017

Yes, plain flour. I've updated my post to make it clear now. Thanks! x

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