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Cutout Chocolate Sugar Cookies
Prep Time
1 hr 20 mins
Cook Time
9 mins
Total Time
1 hr 29 mins
These Cutout Chocolate Sugar Cookies are so rich and chocolatey, and they make perfect cutout Christmas cookies! With both cocoa powder and melted chocolate in the batter, this chocolate sugar cookie recipe is to die for!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cutout chocolate sugar cookies
Servings: 3 dozen (about)
Author: Michelle
Chocolate Sugar Cookies
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp espresso powder
  • 4 oz semi sweet chocolate, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-2 Tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • Vanilla Buttercream (linked below)
  • Royal Icing (linked below)
  • Ganache (linked below)
  1. With a standing mixer or a hand mixer, beat butter until light and fluffy (about 1 minute).
  2. Add in cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, salt, and espresso powder. Mix until combined.
  3. Next, add in melted and cooled semi sweet chocolate, and mix until combined.
  4. Add in eggs, beating well after each addition.
  5. Mix in 1 Tbsp of milk and vanilla extract.
  6. Lastly, add in flour and mix until all the flour is incorporated. If the mixture is too dry and the dough is not coming together, add in the remaining Tbsp of milk.
  7. Chill the dough for at least an hour.
  8. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper (or spray with baking spray).
  9. On a floured surface (you can also use cocoa powder or powdered sugar instead), roll dough out to 1/4” thick. Cut out shapes with cookie cutters and place them about 2” apart on the cookie tray.
  10. Bake for 8-9 minutes, or until edges are just firm and the centers of the cookies are just set.
  11. Allow to cool on the tray for a couple of minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack.
  12. Once cooled, decorate as desired! Or, you can leave these cookies plain or dust with powdered sugar.