Chocolate Earthquake Cookies #secretrecipeclub

Chocolate Earthquake Cookies - Triple Chocolate Kitchen

I cannot tell you guys how excited I am that we got to SPRING FORWARD this weekend. I am so ready for winter to be done after the past month we’ve had here in southern Virginia. You expect this kind of thing in Pennsylvania, where my mom and sister live, but not here!

Though I can’t complain *too* much, since the rest of the winter was super mild. You know what they say about Virginia…if you don’t like the weather, just wait a minute.

But please, Mother Nature….I can haz spring?


Speaking of Mother Nature, today I have a really fun cookie recipe to share with you all! They’re called Earthquake Cookies, and I found this recipe on A Spoonful of Thyme, my assigned blog for Secret Recipe Club!

I pretty much LOVE Secret Recipe Club…almost as much as I love the impending warmer weather coming my way. I just joined, and I have to say, it’s so much fun! All the bloggers in Secret Recipe Club are given someone else’s blog, and nobody knows wh got which blog until reveal day! We go through the other person’s blog, pick a yummy-looking recipe, try it out, and post the results on our own blogs. LOVE! (And I can’t wait to see who got The PinterTest Kitchen as their blog!)

Kathy from A Spoonful of Thyme has so many yummy-sounding recipes that I pan on trying out, like…


Chocolate Earthquake Cookies - Triple Chocolate Kitchen

Ultimately, I just had to try a cookie recipe. We love our cookies here at The PinterTest Kitchen! In fact, I still have a backlog of cookie recipes from the many recipes we tried for the holidays last year!

From A Spoonful of Thyme, I decided to taste-test her Earthquake Cookies. Oh man, SO GOOD…these cookies are super sweet and chewy, and the coating of powdered sugar melts in your mouth.

Chocolate Earthquake Cookies - Triple Chocolate Kitchen

So, for Secret Recipe Club, you’re not supposed to change the recipe – you’re just supposed to make it as the author intended. But…I cheated a bit and made one small change. As I was mixing up the dough, I realized that I didn’t have any peanut butter chips. It was starting to snow (AGAIN…UGH), so instead of running to the store, I used what I had on hand – caramel bits.

It was a good decision.

I’m pretty sure white chocolate chips would be delicious too. Or dark chocolate chips. Or those little peppermint chocolate chips they make around the holidays. Or…Okay, you get the picture. Make it your own, friends. Even when the rules say you shouldn’t. 😀

Chocolate Earthquake Cookies

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 6-7 dozen small cookies

Chocolate Earthquake Cookies

These cookies get their name from the cracks created during the cooking process. They're chewy with a sweet sugar coating that melts in your mouth!


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1-2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1-2 cups caramel bits (can substitute peanut butter chips or another type of chip)
  • Powdered sugar


  1. Whisk together the flour, cocoa, and baking soda in a large bowl.
  2. In another bowl, cream the butter, shortening, and both sugars until creamy.
  3. Add the eggs and vanilla. Blend well.
  4. Add the flour mixture a little at a time, stirring to combine. Mixture will be slightly sticky.
  5. Stir in the chocolate chips and caramel bits.
  6. Roll into teaspoon-sized balls, and roll each ball into powdered sugar.
  7. Place on parchment-lined cookie sheet.
  8. Bake for 8-9 minutes, until just set (do not overbake!), at 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  9. Allow to cool on cookie sheet for 1-2 minutes, then remove and allow to cool fully on a wire rack.

Oh, and I hope that you’ll check out all of the other yummy recipes created for Secret Recipe Club. Here are the other participants:

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20 thoughts on “Chocolate Earthquake Cookies #secretrecipeclub

  1. I am so happy that you enjoyed the cookies…I think caramel bits would be a great substitution for the peanut butter chips! We think the cookies are super delicious!!

  2. All of those recipes sound so good! I’m a glutton for anything with sun-dried tomatoes:) I even named my boat “Sun-Dried”! The crackle on the cookies is fun… and I’m with you. Ready for spring, ready to see grass, ready to not sit on my hands in the car trying to warm them up.

  3. OMG OMG…these cookies look absolutely delish!! I love all the great tasty stuff that goes into the recipe. I see it’s not terribly hard to make which is the speed that allows my little ones to help with. They’ll love ating them as well!! I can’t wait to give it a try!! The recipe I mean well the cookies to!!!! Thanks for the awesome recipes!!

  4. These look amazing! I make a brownie batter cookie around Christmas that looks very similar to these.

  5. I am So HAPPY i came across this recipe! These cookies look soo good and I can’t wait to make them myself! Thank you for sharing your secret recipe!

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