Chocolate Sugar Cookies

Chocolate Sugar Cookies Recipe

I find myself always craving a bit of chocolate in the afternoons, as it goes rather nicely with a hot cup of coffee and the hour of stillness I have while my son is in quiet time. Some days just a little square will do, but other times something more extravagant is needed. I have found these chocolate sugar cookies to do just the trick; they are soft and delicious without being overly rich and sweet. They are a perfect afternoon indulgence.

Chocolate Sugar Cookies Recipe


  • 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 2 ½ sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar, plus more for rolling (1/2 cup)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
Chocolate Sugar Cookies Recipe

Step 1
Preheat the oven to 350. Line 3 half sheet pans with parchment paper. Put ½ cup sugar in a small bowl and set aside.

Chocolate Sugar Cookies Recipe

Step 2
Whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt together in a medium bowl.

Chocolate Sugar Cookies Recipe

Step 3
Using a standing mixer, cream the butter and 2 cups sugar together until light and fluffy, 3-5 minutes. Add the eggs and vanilla, and beat to combine. Add the flour mixture and mix on low until completely combined.

Chocolate Sugar Cookies Recipe

Step 4
Shape the cookie dough into 24 balls, and roll each ball in the set-aside sugar. Place cookies on the prepared sheet pans (8 can fit on each) and bake for 11-13 minutes, until the edges have set and the centers are puffed and starting to crackle. Remove from the oven and move the pan to a wire rack, letting the cookies cool.

Chocolate Sugar Cookies Recipe


  • Jana @333 Days of….

    sweet baby hands :)

  • Jessica

    This recipe looks delicious! I’m inspired by your beautiful photographs.

  • Sarah Kieffer

    Thank you so much Jessica!

  • Sarah Kieffer

    Thank you! :)

  • Sarah Kieffer

    They’re my favorite. :)

  • Lisa Fitz

    Do you use a special type of cocoa? I’ve been looking for a soft Oreo recipe like Great American Cookie at our mall used to carry, and this looks close. Does it taste like an Oreo by chance?

  • Priya

    Mine did not turn out anywhere near as dark. Delicious though! Mine also turned out thick and fudgy, not flat. Also the dough was REALLY sticky. Still great!

  • jstme3

    lol, I wondered why they ere Oreo-colored with just those ingredients but see she hasn’t replied to those questions. I won’t bother trying the recipe based on the negative, unanswered questions in why the cookies didn’t turn out.

  • Dania

    The dark color comes from what type of cocoa powder you use. Try Valhrona or Hersheys Special Dark if you prefer that dark chocolate taste.

  • Dania

    The dark brown color or “Oreo” color comes from the type of cocoa powder used. Try Valhrona or Hersheys Special Dark Cocoa powder if you like a rich dark chocolate flavor.

  • Anita

    Making the second batch of these wonderful cookies. They r a hit at our house, thanks for the recipe..

    I followed your ingredients.

  • Kristina Hinck-Lynn

    This recipe is absolutely perfect. It is so rare that I don’t find myself having to make adjustments of one kind or another, but this recipe, followed to the letter and the cookies were AMAZING!!! My husband said they looked like I could package them and sell them…and he was right!

  • Natalie @ In Natalie’s Shoes

    Holy moly! These sound delightfully easy and wonderfully delicious!

  • Meredith

    Do you have a printer friendly version of this recipe?

  • ebatchelder

    I made these subbing GF flour for all purpose and they still came out delish.

  • Rachel

    Thank you for this recipe. I made these with just two sticks of margarine and they were still the best chocolate cookies I’ve ever made/eaten

  • Started From The Batter

    I made these cookies yesterday and they came out PERFECTLY! I’ll be featuring them on my blog in the next day or two – Thank you to those below who pointed out that I should use special dark cocoa powder. Also, I must have made my cookies much smaller because I got 42 cookies out of the recipe, not 24!

  • etgc44

    Had somebody tried it on just Oven toaster? Thanks

  • Ilona H.

    Love the recipe but a printable version would have been nice.

  • Tara

    Same here. I ended up chilling the dough bc it wasn’t easy to roll. They are really flat