Chocolate Sugar Cookies Recipe

Chocolate Sugar Cookies Recipe – This easy recipe makes the best soft chocolate sugar cookies! A crisp outside with a tender, chewy center makes these cookies and absolute favorite!

Chocolate Sugar Cookies Recipe - This easy recipe makes the best soft chocolate sugar cookies! A crisp outside with a tender, chewy center makes these cookies and absolute favorite! // addapinch.com

I’ve talked before about how sugar cookies are my absolute favorite cookies. But, let me tell you, this chocolate sugar cookie is beyond amazing! Talk about the perfect combination of a brownie-flavored confection in a soft, chewy sugar cookie! Oh my stars!

Chocolate Sugar Cookies Recipe - This easy recipe makes the best soft chocolate sugar cookies! A crisp outside with a tender, chewy center makes these cookies and absolute favorite! // addapinch.com

The cookie dough is rich, thick and so chocolatey. The addition of the espresso powder, like in my chocolate cake, helps to deepen the chocolate flavor without adding the flavor of coffee to the baked cookies. Of course, if you don’t have it on hand, the cookies are still mighty delicious without it! Just simply omit it from the recipe.

Chocolate Sugar Cookies Recipe - This easy recipe makes the best soft chocolate sugar cookies! A crisp outside with a tender, chewy center makes these cookies and absolute favorite! // addapinch.com

This recipe makes 4 dozen cookies when using a cookie scoop or scooping by the tablespoon and rolling into a ball. I don’t press the cookie dough ball when I drop it onto the parchment lined baking sheet. It will spread the perfect amount as it bakes.

Chocolate Sugar Cookies Recipe - This easy recipe makes the best soft chocolate sugar cookies! A crisp outside with a tender, chewy center makes these cookies and absolute favorite! // addapinch.com

Once baked, I leave the cookies on the baking sheet to cool completely before transferring to a plate for serving. I like to put the baking sheet on a wire rack (or even on the metal grate of my cooktop) to help the air circulate around the pans for cooling.

Chocolate Sugar Cookies Recipe - This easy recipe makes the best soft chocolate sugar cookies! A crisp outside with a tender, chewy center makes these cookies and absolute favorite! // addapinch.com

Here’s my Chocolate Sugar Cookie recipe. Make them soon! I hope you love them as much as I do!

Chocolate Sugar Cookies Recipe - This easy recipe makes the best soft chocolate sugar cookies! A crisp outside with a tender, chewy center makes these cookies and absolute favorite! // addapinch.com
Yield: 48

Chocolate Sugar Cookies Recipe

Total Time 20 minutes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chocolate Sugar Cookies Recipe - This easy recipe makes the best soft chocolate sugar cookies! A crisp outside with a tender, chewy center makes these cookies and absolute favorite!
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon espresso powder optional
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350º F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat.
  2. Cream together butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add egg and mix until well-combined. Stir in flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, espresso powder and vanilla.
  3. Scoop cookie dough by the tablespoon full and roll into a ball.
  4. Place cookie dough onto baking sheet, spacing about 1 1/2-inches to 2 inches apart. Lightly press each cookie down. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven and cool.

All images and text © Robyn Stone for Add a Pinch

Enjoy!
Robyn xo

 

Chocolate Sugar Cookies Recipe - This easy recipe makes the best soft chocolate sugar cookies! A crisp outside with a tender, chewy center makes these cookies and absolute favorite! // addapinch.com

27 comments on “Chocolate Sugar Cookies Recipe”

  1. Where do you find instant expresso powder? Looking forward to making these.

  2. Do you use a hand mixer?

  3. Why kosher salt? Why not regular ol’ table salt??

  4. Can u use oil??

  5. I’ve been making these for months and never left a review! Between these and the “regular” sugar cookie recipe, I pretty much have it memorized. This is easily the best recipe I have found for sugar cookies. The come out “flat,” not puffy, they are soft and chewy…Delicious. I’ve been using cake flour. Not sure if that makes much of a difference, but it works well!

  6. These were great. Thanks! Half of the batch a gave a small pinch of coarse kosher salt on top. That really set them over the top. A cold glass of milk, these cookies, and the kids in bed. It’s going to be a good night.

  7. I tried this recipe today and I love these cookies! I was a little afraid when I was measuring because the measuring cups and the scale weight don’t always agree, and that can make the difference in an excellent result. So I just used my judgement (in this case the cocoa powder) and moved on. They were easy, quick to make and I will certainly be making them again. Thanks for the recipe my Grandson will be very happy!

  8. I picked this recipe because of the picture, and the comment that mentioned they turned out flat. But mine didn’t! They poofed up, and were cakey. I’m in China, baking for Chinese, who complain about American food being too sweet, and therefore added half the sugar, per usual. Perhaps that is the reason?

  9. Tasty! Difficult to measure cooking time, as you want them still a little soft in the middle, especially if you make them a little bigger than listed. They’re good crispy or soft anyway, especially right out of the oven!

  10. I’m confused. You’ve said in your notes that you don’t flatten the dough balls when you place them on the cookie sheet yet the instructions say to flatten balls.

    • I’m sorry for any confusion, Terri! I will add further clarification to the post to make this clearer.
      As I describe in my blog post, I say I don’t press as drop onto cookie sheet – meaning no need to press out flat as the cookies will spread and flatten out some naturally as they bake (as in photos I shared).
      In the recipe, I say lightly press each cookie down when putting onto cookie sheet.

      To help clarify, I would suggest to just place onto the cookie sheet with a “light press” atop each as each cookie is placed. No need to “mash” them down or flatten them. Allow spacing as described between each cookie so that it has room to spread.
      I hope this helps! And I hope you enjoy the cookies – they are some of our favorites! xo

  11. I’ll answer my own question about whether or not to flatten the dough balls. Do flatten them before baking because they don’t spread out all the way and are a bit puffy, which I don’t like.

  12. Fantastic! We used Muscovado for 1/2 cup of the sugar and vanilla bean pod and a tiny bit extra salt. Like an Oreo crust only better!

  13. My kids want to make these for a bake sale on Thursday – is it possible to make the dough and freeze until the night before or the cookies themselves, do they freeze well?

    • Hi Tanja –
      They do freeze well – just be sure to wrap well with freezer wrap and store in an airtight container. I like to thaw them overnight in the fridge before baking them.
      Hope you enjoy the cookies! Thanks!

  14. Oh. My. Goodness. I am in love with this recipe. I have been searching for an amazing chocolate sugar cookie and this is it. Very simple recipe and easy to put together. Mine didn’t spread as much or get as thin as shown but they definitely weren’t puffy and small. Thank you so much for sharing this!

  15. I made the chocolate sugar cookie recipe using cannabis butter — it worked like a dream! The cookies are the perfect bite-size and taste very good. Great cannabutter recipe.

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