Chocolate Sugar Cookies

These easy chocolate sugar cookies are crisp on the edges but soft in the center and pack a chocolate punch which makes it perfect for any holiday.

close-up of easy chocolate sugar cookies

Everyone has had sugar cookies, but have you had chocolate ones? It’s so good on its own, you don’t even need icing but if you want to make it look pretty I won’t stop you!

For those that follow my blog, you know my mom runs a cookie business – Heartsong Cookies. One of her most popular cookies is her sugar cookie, which she makes a ton of during the holidays, Valentine’s Day and pretty much any holiday. However when I reached out to her recently I asked if she had every made chocolate sugar cookies and to my surprise she hadn’t. I immediately told Lauren I wanted to tackle it and create something my mom could potentially use for her business. Now keep in mind, I much prefer cooking to baking. Baking can be such an exact science, where when you cook you can throw some stuff together and it will turn out great.

I’m not going to lie, when the dough went into the oven, I was super nervous on how it would turn out. I took my mom’s regular sugar cookie recipe and changed a few things including adding a little more sugar and substituting cocoa powder in place of a percentage of the flour. Needless to say, when Lauren and I took a bit we both looked at each other and said these were amazing! They are definitely chocolate forward, which I love. As I mentioned above as well, you really don’t even need icing for these but it doesn’t hurt to add them. So if you’re looking for tasty but easy chocolate sugar cookies for the holidays, I would give these a try. And who knows, they might be appearing at Heartsong Cookies soon!

close-up of cookies

What Ingredients are in these Easy Chocolate Sugar Cookies?

  • Unsalted butter
  • Granulated sugar
  • Eggs
  • All-purpose flour
  • Dark cocoa powder
  • Salt
  • Confectioners sugar
  • Meringue powder
  • Vanilla extract
  • Salt

close-up of easy chocolate sugar cookies

Can I Use a Different Icing?

Yes. I’ve actually also made a peppermint royal icing. It’s the same ingredients but replacing the vanilla extract with peppermint extract. Just keep in mind, it’s much stronger so only put in about 1/4 tsp peppermint extract.

close-up of easy chocolate sugar cookies

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close-up of easy chocolate sugar cookies
Chocolate Sugar Cookies
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Chilling Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 30 mins

These easy chocolate sugar cookies are crisp on the edges but soft in the center and pack a chocolate punch which makes it perfect for any holiday.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate Sugar Cookies
Servings: 20 medium cookies
Calories: 214 kcal
Chocolate Sugar Cookies
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened natural dark cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
Royal Icing
  • 2 cups sifted confectioners sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp meringue powder
  • 3-4 tbsp room temperature water
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Chocolate Sugar Cookies
  1. In a large bowl using a hand-held mixer or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar on medium speed for 4-5 minutes or until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolks and vanilla extract until combined. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.

  2. Sift the flour and cocoa powder together in a medium bowl and whisk in salt. On low speed, slowly add flour mixture to butter mixture. Do not over mix but make sure all the flour is incorporated. 

  3. Divide the dough into 2 equal parts. Add some confectioners sugar to rolling pin and parchment paper. Roll each portion out onto a piece of parchment to 1/4″ thickness. Chill in fridge for 1 hour.

  4. Preheat oven to 350F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Remove dough from fridge and use a cookie cutter to cut in shapes. Transfer the cut cookie dough to the prepared baking sheet. Re-roll the remaining dough and continue cutting until all is used.

  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes, rotating pan halfway through. You will know the cookies are done when the edges are firm but the middle is still a little soft. Allow to cool for 5 minutes on pan and then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

  6. Decorate the cookies however you'd like the with royal icing recipe below. The icing should be set in about 2 hours so you can stack them. The cookies should last about 5 days at room temperature.

Royal Icing
  1. In a large bowl using a hand-held mixer or a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, beat all of the icing ingredients together on high speed for 5 minutes until stiff peaks form. Always start with 3 tbsp of water to be safe, but you'll probably need 4 for right consistency. If it's too thin, add more confections sugar and if too thick, add more water. Once desired consistency beat in vanilla extract.

One Comment

  1. Oh man chocolate in sugar cookies sounds delicious!

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