Midnight cookies recipe – quick and tasty

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I love recipes that are quick. Sometimes you just want to bake something but you don’t want to spend ages doing so. 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.

Midnight cookies recipe

Ingredients for midnight cookies recipe

130g butter

160g caster sugar

1 beaten egg

1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract

120g plain flour

40g cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

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 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.

How to make my midnight cookies recipe:

midnight cookies recipe

Course Dessert
Keyword cookies
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Total Time 16 minutes
Servings 16 cookies


  • 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. 

Products I use when making my midnight cookies recipe:

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*Joseph Joseph 9 Nest Bowls / *KitchenCraft Baking Sheet / *Baking Liners / *Cooling Rack

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

Chocolate chip brioche rolls

Soft white rolls recipe

Cheap banana bread

Millionaires shortbread

3 ingredient mug cake

Chocolate ripple cheesecake

Christmas cookies

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These super simple midnight cookies cost just pennies to make and are ready in under 15 minutes - from start to finish. Frugal cookies, delicious bakes and cheap eats

2 Responses

  1. katykicker February 24, 2017 / 8:04 pm

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

    • katykicker March 3, 2017 / 10:47 pm

      Oh lovely, I love hearing people are making my recipes. Thank you!

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