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Who said sugar cookies have to be basic? You can make unlimited cookie variations with these chocolate sugar cookies. Just break out your favorite cookie cutters and start creating. If you'd rather have vanilla sugar cookies, this recipe still works: Omit the cocoa, increase the flour, and beat in some vanilla extract with the butter (see the last step in the recipe for specific instructions and ratios). Truly, this chocolate sugar cookie recipe simply can't be beat. Looking for more inspiration? Check out 25+ Very Merry Christmas Cookie Recipes next. 

Recipe by Southern Living May 2009


Credit: William Dickey; Styling: Rose Nguyen

Recipe Summary

1 hr
10 mins
10 mins
35 mins
1 hr 55 mins
Makes about 3 dozen (3-inch) cookies or 12 (4 1/2-inch) cookies


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

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.