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how to make Chocolate Sugar Cookies

Chocolate Sugar Cookies

Easy Chocolate Sugar Cookies are super soft & chewy. Delicious when frosted for the holidays but so good you can enjoy them without any decorating too.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate, sugar cookie
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Chill 15 minutes
Servings 24 cookies



  • cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup butter room temp (2 sticks)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • pinch of table salt

Icing - if desired

  • ¼ cup meringue powder
  • 1-2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp water as needed for desired consistency



  • Combine butter & sugar in a large mixing bowl- beating on medium speed.
  • Add egg & vanilla. Beat in on low.
  • Slowly beat in flour- one cup at a time.
  • Add cocoa powder & the pinch of salt. Mix well on low.
  • Transfer dough to a sheet of parchment paper & then lay another piece on top to sandwich the dough between the two sheets.
  • Roll a rolling pin over the top of the parchment until the dough is in a flat piece.
  • Freeze for about 10-15 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Remove dough from freezer & cut into your shapes & transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Bake for 10-13 minutes. I did mine for 13 because I made them thick.
  • Cool on the baking sheet & then transfer to wire rack.
  • Pipe on Royal Icing if desired.


  • Combine all ingredients & whisk until smooth.
  • Pour into a piping bag & pipe on cookies.
  • Sprinkle any decorations on after each cookie is iced. Don't wait until the icing is done for them all- the icing will be hardened enough that it won't stick.
  • Let firm up for at least several hours before stacking.