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Chocolate Sugar Cookies Recipe

Every chocolate fan already knows that chocolate makes absolutely everything better. Sugar cookies are no exception.

These cookies are so soft and practically melt in your mouth. The contrast of soft cookie and ever so slightly crisp edges will have you reaching for “just one more cookie.”

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How to Make Chocolate Sugar Cookies

Typically, I prefer to use melted chocolate when possible because I prefer the depth of flavor.

But here, the cocoa powder does everything it needs to do to make the best chocolaty cookies ever. The steps to make these cookies are incredibly easy.

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  1. Soften your butter, cream cheese, and bring your egg to room temperature. This is very, very important to your baking success.
  2. Whisk your flour, then carefully measure it out. Repeat with the cocoa powder. Packed in flour or cocoa powder will leave you with dry, crumbly cookies.
  3. Beat the butter, cream cheese, and sugar together. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Add in the dry ingredients.
  4. Roll into balls, then roll in granulated sugar. Flatten to discs.
  5. Bake for 8 – 10 minutes.
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Why These Cookies Work

These cookies might be a little different from your other chocolaty sugar cookies. We use cream cheese to give the cookies an irresistible softness and add a slight tanginess to the chocolate.

The cream cheese also acts as a bit of a binder, holding the ingredients together.

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The cookies don’t spread. Instead, you roll them in balls, coat them in sugar, and then flatten.

The only thing that changes when you bake them is they puff slightly, then deflate a little to give you those gorgeous signature crackles.

I love using these cookies to make chocolate snowballs. I have even adjusted the recipe slightly so I can use it as a roll-out cookie.

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Because they don’t spread, it is the perfect base for both.

How to Store Your Cookies

Most people wonder about the best ways to store their cookies to ensure they last as long as possible.

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I recommend leaving them in an airtight container. They will last for over a week like this. If you would like to extend their shelf life, you can put the airtight container in the freezer.

In there, it should last over a month.

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Simply leave them in the refrigerator for a few hours to thaw before bringing them to room temperature.

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Chocolate Sugar Cookies Recipe

Amanda Powell
Irresistibly soft chocolate sugar cookies. These tasty morsels will be your new favorite cookie to dunk in a glass of ice cold milk.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 20 1 cookie
Calories 118 kcal


  • 1 1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 cup Unsalted Butter softened
  • 2 ounces Cream Cheese softened
  • 3/4 cup Granulated Sugar plus more for rolling
  • 1 large Egg room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Mix together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt together in a medium bowl. Set aside
  • Beat together the butter, cream cheese, and sugar in a mixing bowl until the mixture is fluffy.
  • Beat in the egg and vanilla until the mixture is fully combined.
  • Pour in the dry ingredients and beat just until the flour mixture is full combined.
  • Roll our balls of dough that are about 1 1/2 tablespoons big. Roll in sugar.
  • Flatten, then place at least an inch apart on the baking sheet.
  • Bake for 8 – 10 minutes. Leave on the baking sheet for a minute, then transfer to a wire rack to cool fully.


Calories: 118kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 1gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gSodium: 71mgSugar: 7g
Keyword Baked, Baking, Chocolate, Cookies, Desserts, Easy, Easy Desserts, Family Meals and Snacks, Snacks
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