Photo: William Dickey; Styling: Rose Nguyen
Prep Time
1 Hour
Chill Time
10 Mins
Bake Time
10 Mins
Cool Time
35 Mins
Yield
Makes about 3 dozen (3-inch) cookies or 12 (4 1/2-inch) cookies

Create unlimited cookie variations with these chocolate sugar cookies.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°. Beat butter and sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add egg, beating until blended.

Step 2

Combine flour, cocoa, and salt; gradually add to butter mixture, beating just until blended.

Step 3

Divide dough into 2 equal portions; flatten each portion into a disk. Cover and chill 10 minutes.

Step 4

Place 1 portion of dough on a lightly floured surface, and roll to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut with a 3- or 4 1/2-inch butterfly-shaped cutter. Place cookies 2 inches apart on lightly greased baking sheets. Repeat procedure with remaining dough portion.

Step 5

Bake, in batches, at 350° for 10 to 12 minutes (for 3-inch cookies) and 15 to 17 minutes (for 4 1/2-inch cookies) or until edges are lightly browned. Let cool on baking sheets 5 minutes; remove to wire racks, and let cool 30 minutes or until completely cool. Decorate baked cookies as desired.

Step 6

Vanilla Sugar Cookies: Omit unsweetened cocoa. Increase flour to 3 cups. Beat in 1 tsp. vanilla extract with butter in Step Proceed with recipe as directed.

Ratings & Reviews

great recipe

Betty1078
November 26, 2016
We were short 1/4 c cocoa so we just made it up with flour. We forgot to chill and the dough was still very easy to manipulate my 4 year old even rolled it out and cut his shapes. Had no problems with this recipe and it tasted great.

Robert4656's Review

jubear
December 07, 2013
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alleycat
June 23, 2013
Very good. I was looking for a very chocolate cookie and this one is perfect. Easy to work with and most important holds it shape.

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Ianina
March 03, 2013
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smwhipple
November 11, 2012
WAY WAY WAY too chocolaty. It was extremely dry as well. My fiancee and I kept saying, "If only we had milk..." Seriously, these cookies are too much. I also cut the recipe in half.... it made a lot of cookies (but only 2 people were having them).

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tailey144
October 11, 2012
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billie
May 01, 2011
Amazing and super easy cookies. I put some cinnamon too and turn out great!

amberose's Review

amberose
April 21, 2011
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alleycat's Review

Robert4656
December 24, 2010
These were very chocolately, and, the way mine turned out, somewhat more crunchy and less melt-in-your-mouth. But, this was the PERFECT recipe for baking with young children. The dough was easy to work with , and my kids (5 and 7 years old) were able to roll out the dough and cut out the cookie cutter forms without much trouble at all. We made them for Santa - hope he likes them tonight!

jubear's Review

atkbby
November 23, 2009
These cookies was great!! I baked both the chocolate and vanilla variations and everyone at home and work loved them!