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Grandma Donna’s Chocolate Drop Cookies

Grandma Donna's Chocolate Drop Cookies

If you have ever met my grandmother, Donna, then you have been privileged to have eaten these cookies.These are her SIGNATURE cookies. 

I can’t remember a time that I’ve gone to Idaho to visit her without these cookies making an appearance at some point during our visit.

There are a few things you should know about these cookies though before you dive in.

  1. These chocolate drop cookies are the LIGHTEST, FLUFFIEST cookies on the earth.  I kid you not.  You can leave these on the counter over night uncovered, and the next morning, still fluffy.
  2. Because they are light and fluffy you can easily eat multiple cookies without feeling bloated. 
  3. The walnut on top is her signature.  Any other nut just wont do in her book. It’s a walnut all the way.  And Grandma does not skimp on her walnut.  No broken ones either.  A full walnut half is a must!
  4. This frosting does harden.  It is not a stay soft forever frosting, which is perfect for keeping the walnut on top.  It’s simple and delicious and has been the same frosting she’s made her entire life. 
  5. Grandma believes that if you are mailing, or sending or traveling with these cookies, you should wrap them individually in sandwich baggies (the kind with a fold over top).  She believes they travel better and stay together better when packaged individually!

This is one of those passed down through generations recipes that our family loves.  It’s a simple recipe that isn’t packed with random ingredients. 

If you’re looking for a tried and true, passed down through the generations family recipe, then this is a great one to make!

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Grandma Donna's Chocolate Drop Cookies
Grandma Donna’s Chocolate Drop Cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 2 Dozen Cookies


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 recipe for Grandma's Chocolate Cookie Frosting


  1. Preheat oven to 350*F
  2. Cream butter and brown sugar together until smooth until fluffy (about 2 minutes).
  3. Add egg, cocoa, buttermilk, vanilla and baking soda. Mix well.
  4. Add flour and mix until combined. Mixture should be thicker.
  5. While mixer is on, slowly add water.
  6. Using a small cookie scoop, scoop cookies onto a lined cookie sheet.
  7. Bake for 10 - 12 minutes.
  8. Allow cookies to cool on pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
  9. Frost with Grandma's Chocolate Cookie Frosting
  10. Top with whole walnut - Grandma's signature!


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4 thoughts on “Grandma Donna’s Chocolate Drop Cookies

  1. My mom used to make a similar cookie for Valentine’s Day. A candy Conversation Heart was her signature, in place of the walnut. ; )
    She passed almost 21 yrs ago. I have her recipe box and all of her cookbooks……do you think I can find THAT cookie recipe?!?! This is the closest I’ve seen, so thank you!!!

    • Marta what a wonderful memory and a great way to turn these cookies into Valentine’s Day Cookies! I’m so glad that this recipe can help bring back wonderful memories of your mother as well as help you to come close to her cookie recipe! I hope one day you find her recipe and can pass it along to future generations! Thank you so much for your comment! Made my day!

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