Chocolate Sugar Cookies

I’m slow to join the party. I should have shared Valentine’s Day goodies with you days weeks ago. I just couldn’t get into the valentine spirit. And as much as I try to plan ahead, it’s hard. I get side tracked with family, life, shows…Pinterest, just to name a few. It happens.

If you’re still looking for a last minute valentine’s treat, these are fairly quick and easy to make. I made these for our oldest to share with her friends at school during their Valentine’s Day party. They require minimal hands on time and an hour or two of inactive time while the dough chills in the fridge. Roll, cut, bake and decorate as desired.

These have a rich chocolatey flavor and a perfect crunch. The added icing gives an additional sweetness to the rich flavor of the cookie.

I can’t help but think how pretty these would be for spring cookies, a nice chocolate sugar cookie in the shape of a duck or flower with bright icing. I may have to try that again in the coming weeks for my girls to enjoy.

Chocolate Sugar Cookies

Prep Time1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time1 hour 25 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate, Cookie


  • 1/2 C unsalted butter
  • 3/4 C granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 C unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 C all purpose flour


  • In a large bowl or stand mixer, cream butter with sugar and salt. Scrape bowl prior to each new addition and as needed. Add egg and vanilla. Mix well. Add remaining dry ingredients. Mix until combined.
  • Divide dough in half. Form each half into a disc, wrap in plastic. Transfer to the refrigerator to chill for at least one hour.
  • Let dough warm slightly prior to working with. Roll dough to 1/4" thick. Use extra flour as needed to keep the dough from sticking to your work surface and rolling pin. Cut out shapes, transfer to a baking sheet lined with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
  • Bake at 350°F for 8-10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Decorate as desired. Store in an airtight container.


*The number of cookies will vary depending on your cookie cutter size.
An original recipe from Baked by Rachel
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19 Responses to “Chocolate Sugar Cookies”

  1. #
    amy @ fearless homemaker — February 13, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    they look lovely, rachel – nicely done! hope you + the family have a fun valentine’s day!

  2. #
    Maureen — February 13, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    What cute cookies! I love the icing!

  3. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — February 13, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    These are so pretty! I have my eye on a few choc cookie recipes- yum!

  4. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — February 13, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Ooh, pretty! I love the bright pink on the chocolate!

  5. #
    Cassie — February 13, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    Love the color swirls in these!

  6. #
    Baking Serendipity — February 13, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    So pretty! I’ve never made a chocolate sugar cookies before and I’m in a serious sugar cookie phase. I love these!

  7. #
    Cookin' Canuck — February 14, 2012 at 12:32 am

    These are the prettiest Valentine’s cookies. I know my kids would love to find some of these tucked inside their lunch boxes.

  8. #
    myfudo — February 14, 2012 at 3:34 am

    Pretty in pink indeed! The icing looks like a fabric pattern I would love to have for a sundress or a maxi perhaps…I would love to try this recipe with my little girl too.

  9. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — February 14, 2012 at 8:56 am

    these are so cute! I’d love to take a bite into one of those hearts :) perfect little cookies to package up too for kids & their friends!

  10. #
    Jennifer | Mother Thyme — February 14, 2012 at 10:38 am

    These are just adorable! What a sweet little treat for Valentine’s Day!

  11. #
    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray — February 14, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    These are adorable! I think the icing has an 80’s look to it–I love it!

  12. #
    Cheri | Kitchen Simplicity — February 14, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    These are so gorgeous. I love that they’re not iced in the traditional way. Happy Valentines Day!

  13. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — February 15, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Love these cookies, Rachel! They look so delicious and festive. Great job!

  14. #
    Barbara @ Barbara Bakes — February 16, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Such a fun Valentine’s cookie. Love the pretty frosting.

  15. #
    Matt mmWine Horbund — February 16, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    I hope you finally got into the Valentine’s Day spirit! Those cookies look amazing!

  16. #
    Katie {Epicurean Mom} — February 17, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Wow! These look fantastic! I love sugar cookies, but chocolate sugar cookies?? Heaven!

  17. #
    Robyn | Add a Pinch — February 17, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Love chocolate sugar cookies and these look like perfection!

  18. #
    Tawny @ The Year of The Cookie — February 18, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    These are so cute and look really good, too! First time visiting your blog and I love it already! :)

  19. #
    marla — February 21, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    Such pretty cookies!

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