Simple Chocolate Sugar Cookies Recipe 

Chocolate sugar cookies are a different kind of cookie. They're soft, tasty, and can be dressed up for any holiday!

SERVINGS: 25 COOKIES – 1 cup unsalted butter softened (230 grams; 2 sticks) – 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar (225 grams) – 1 large egg at room temperature – 1 ½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract – 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour spooned and leveled (280 grams) – ½ cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder (45 grams) – 1 teaspoon baking powder – ½ teaspoon salt – 1 batch sugar cookie icing or royal icing


Step 1

Beat butter and granulated sugar for 1–2 minutes in a stand mixer with the paddle attachment or a large basin with a handheld mixer.

Step 2

Mix the egg and vanilla essence until combined, scraping the bowl. In a large bowl, mix flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Mix dry ingredients briefly.

Step 3

Cut dough in half. Half the dough on a lightly floured parchment paper, cover with another, and roll to ¼-inch thickness. Repeat with other dough half.

Step 4

Chill dough on a baking sheet between parchment paper for at least an hour. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Set aside two to three large parchment-paper or silicone-matted baking sheets.

Step 5

Remove the top parchment paper from one fridge-fresh cookie dough sheet. Slice the cookie dough into 2.5-inch to 3-inch forms and place them on baking pans with room between them.

Step 6

Reroll and cut scrap dough between parchment. Continue with another cold cookie dough sheet.

Step 7

Set cookies after 11–13 minutes. After 10 minutes on the baking pans, carefully move the cookies to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Step 8

Use your preferred royal or sugar cookie icing. The icing should dry completely before serving.

Also See

The Best Royal Icing Recipe