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A metal cooling rack with Christmas shaped chocolate cookies of various sizes. Some of the cookies have white icing on them.

Chocolate Sugar Cookies

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  • Author: Maegan - The BakerMama
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Dough Chilling Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 mins
  • Yield: 4 dozen
  • Category: Dessert


Perfectly soft and sweet sugar cookies with a rich chocolate twist…chocolate lovers rejoice!



  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup unsweetened special dark or dutch process cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 large eggs


  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup half and half


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar until creamy. Beat in the milk and vanilla and then the eggs, one at a time, until mixture is well combined.
  3. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the dry ingredients until a thick soft dough forms. Divide the dough into 2 balls, wrap each one in plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  5. Between two pieces of parchment paper, roll each ball of dough out to 1/4-inch thick. Cut into desired shapes. Repeat with remaining dough until you’ve used it all.
  6. With a spatula, transfer the shaped cookie dough to the parchment-lined baking sheets, placing them about an inch apart.
  7. Bake for about 8-10 minutes, rotating cookie sheets halfway through the baking time, or until cookies are set in the middle. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  8. To make the icing, whisk 3 cups powdered sugar and 1/4 cup half and half together in a medium bowl until smooth and spreadable. If too thin, add more powdered sugar until of spreading consistency. If too thick, add more half and half until of spreading consistency.
  9. Once the cookies are cooled completely, decorated them with the icing and festive sprinkles, if desired.


Alternately, form dough into 2-tablespoon sized balls, roll in granulated sugar until completely coated, place on parchment-lined baking sheets, flatten with the bottom of a glass cup to 1/2-inch thickness, and sprinkle with more granulated sugar.