These easy chocolate sugar cookies are simple to make and melt in your mouth delicious! A great Halloween treat when you are looking for black cookies to serve to your guests.
This cookie will be perfectly paired with your hot cocoa on a cold fall day and is an excellent sugar cookie for your holiday party. The most amazing aspect of all is their chocolate flavor.
Getting a decorated Chocolate Sugar Cookie cut out is a super fun gift to give and a very tasty treat! It’s a simple cookie recipe with simple ingredients that you will likely have most of them in your pantry.
Sugar cookies are a delight to bake. Let me show you how to make the best chocolate cookie you can ever make!
This is a black cocoa powder recipe which gives the sugar cookies a surprising Oreo cookie chocolate flavor. Black cocoa is what Oreo cookies are made of.
They get a black color from the black cocoa powder and not from black food coloring. These awesome chocolate cookies were adapted from my traditional sugar cookie recipe.
This chocolate cookie is amazing! They’re a cross between Oreo cookies and Oreo Cakesters.
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Different Chocolate Cocoa Powders
Regular Cocoa Powder – This cocoa powder is found at all grocery stores in the baking aisle. It has a light brown color. AKA: unsweetened baking cocoa or natural cocoa which has the most chocolatey flavor of all the cocoa powders.
Dark Cocoa Powder – This cocoa has a unique taste and can be found readily at the grocery store in the baking aisle. Known as Dutch-process cocoa, it has a darker brown powder color than the regular cocoa. You can make No Bake Cookies using this dark cocoa.
Black Cocoa Powder – This black cocoa has a mild flavor and is commonly used for making Oreo chocolate sandwich cookies. A cocoa powder that is very processed into a super fine powder and dark black color. This black cocoa is not easy to find in grocery stores, so the best place is to purchase this product online. Get Black Cocoa HERE.
To learn more about different cocoa powders, go too: “Everything you need to know about cocoa powder.”
Many people make the mistake of using hot cocoa mix instead of cocoa powder. Do not use Hot Cocoa mix!!
Hot cocoa mix has several ingredients in it such as milk powder, sweeteners as well as natural cocoa powder. Hot cocoa powder mix is used for making hot cocoa and is not for baking with.
More Black Cocoa Recipes
I have several black cocoa recipes planned for this website. I will be updating this list when more is added. Try these Black Cocoa No-Bake Cookies.
Chocolate Sugar Cookies Ingredients
- Butter (salted butter or unsalted butter)
- Granulated Sugar
- Flour – All-purpose flour
- Black Cocoa
- Baking Soda
- Baking Powder
- Egg Yolks
- Vanilla Extract
How to Make Chocolate Sugar Cookies
Gather your ingredients to make the black cocoa sugar cookie dough.
Cream together the sugar and softened butter in a KitchenAid Mixer fitted with a flat paddle. Beat until fluffy and light making sure to scrape the sides of the mixing bowl before going onto the next step.
One egg yolk at a time along with the vanilla extract, add to the creamed mixture beating to completely combine. Scrape the sides of the mixing bowl and beater.
Combine the flour, black cocoa powder, baking powder, and the baking soda in a separate bowl. Add 1/3rd of the flour mixture to the creamed mixture.
Once the flour is incorporated, add half the milk, and mix to combine the ingredients. Repeat with 1/3rd of the flour mixture making sure to blend until just combined and then add the rest of the milk.
Scrape the side of the mixing bowl and then add the remaining flour. Combine until the chocolate sugar cookie dough comes together.
Split the cookie dough into 2 equal parts. If you are not rolling the cookies out right away, wrap in plastic wrap, refrigerate, or freeze until ready to use.
How to Roll Out Sugar Cookie Dough Recipe
Work on a clean, large, dry surface. Sprinkle the dry surface with a light coating of flour.
I like to use a wooden French Rolling Pin because it does not leave any groove or lines in the dough. Place the chocolate sugar cookie dough onto the floured surface.
Sprinkle the dough and the wooden rolling pin with some more flour. Starting in the center of the cookie dough and working your way to the edges, roll out the dough.
Keep moving the cookie dough around making sure it does not stick to the surface. Re-flour when needed on the top and bottom of the chocolate sugar cookie dough.
Also, re-flour the rolling pin when needed. Roll the sugar cookie dough to a little less than ¼ inch thick.
If you want a thicker cookie, keep the dough thicker. If you want a thinner sugar cookie, roll it thinner.
How to Cut Out Black Cocoa Sugar Cookies
When cutting with the cookie cutter, get as close to the edge as you can. Get a little bit of flour on the cookie cutter so it does not stick to the dough when cutting.
Carefully, shake off any of the excess flour on the leftover chocolate cookie dough. Work the cookie dough together but do not over work it.
I have found that if you combine all the excess cookie dough together, I can roll it out one more time and cut more cookies out. Throw out any leftover dough after the second roll out because the finished cookies become hard and tough.
How Long to Bake Chocolate Sugar Cookies?
Preheat the convection oven to 325°F. Bake the chocolate cookies in a preheated oven for about 7-8 minutes. Baking times will vary.
Chocolate cookies are hard to tell when they are fully baked due to the dark color of the dough. You want the chocolate cookies to start turning golden brown on the bottom of the cookie but not up the sides.
Remove from the oven and let the chocolate cookies cool on the baking sheet before transferring them to a piece of freezer paper, parchment paper, or a piece of paper towel until ready to decorate.
Decorating Your Sugar Cookies
There are so many different ways that you can decorate your freshly baked cut out cookies. I like to use my easy Buttercream frosting recipe.
Place whipped frosting in a piping bag with your desired decorating tip. You can also use a royal icing frosting or even a cream cheese frosting to decorate with.
If desired top the cookies with your favorite sprinkles to get an extra layer of dimension to your cookies.
How to Store Homemade Black Cocoa Sugar Cookies?
Store chocolate sugar cookies in sealed plastic containers or plastic baggies. They will last 3-4 days at room temperature.
Can you freeze chocolate sugar cookies?
Yeah. They’re ideal for freezing. You can keep these frozen on parchment sheets for at least 3 months.
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Are you looking for an adult treat? I love this idea and it’s super creative!! Make these jello shots in a syringe, and your guests will be super to have their own treat!
Chocolate Sugar Cookies – FAQ
Learning how to make sugar cookies taste better is a baking art form. Do not over mix the cookie dough causing the dough to be tough when baked. When rolling the cookie dough out, try to add as little flour as possible without the cookie dough sticking to the work surface. Only roll out the cookie dough twice and make sure to shake off any excess flour before kneading together.
Sugar cookies can be soft or crunchy, depending on how you like them. This will depend on how long you bake the cookies. If you want soft cookies, bake them right when they start to turn firm up around the edges. Bake the chocolate cookies a little longer until the whole cookie is firm and baked well.
Yes, you can decorate the cookies with chocolate, buttercream frosting, royal icing, cream cheese frosting, sprinkles, or any edible decorating item that you would like.
When making black sugar cookies, the best cocoa powder to use is black cocoa powder. If you want to make chocolate cookies, you can use any kind of cocoa powder such as regular cocoa or Dutch cocoa.
Chocolate Sugar Cookie Recipe
For the full recipe and nutrition serving, click below.
- Butter, Softened 1/2 pound
- Sugar, Granulated 1 cup
- Egg Yolks Only 3 each
- Vanilla 1 1 /2 teaspoons
- Flour, All Purpose 3 1/2 cups
- Black Cocoa Powder 1/3 cup
- Baking Soda 1/4 teaspoon
- Baking Powder 1 teaspoon
- Milk 1 /2 cup
- Flour - Additional for rolling out cookies 1/3 cup
- Gather the ingredients to make the chocolate sugar cookies.
- Cream together the softened butter and granulated sugar in a KitchenAid Mixer fitted with a flat paddle. Beat until the mixture is light and fluffy making sure to scrape the sides of the mixing bowl with a spatula before going onto the next step.
- Next, add the egg yolks to the creamed mixture, one yolk at a time along with the vanilla, beating to completely combine. Scrape the sides of the bowl and beater with a spatula.
- Combine the flour, black cocoa, baking soda, and the baking powder in a separate bowl with a whisk.
- Add 1/3rd of the flour mixture to the creamed mixture. Once the flour is incorporated, add half the milk, and beat until all ingredients are just combined. Repeat with 1/3rd of the flour making sure to only beat until combined and then add the rest of the milk and continue mixing. Scrape the side of the mixing bowl and then add the remaining flour.
- Combine until the cut out chocolate sugar cookie dough comes together.
- Split the chocolate dough into 2 equal parts, flatten into rectangle pieces about 1 inch thick, and wrap in plastic wrap. If you are not rolling the black cookies out right away, refrigerate or freeze until ready to use.
- How to Roll Out Chocolate Sugar Cookie Dough
Working on a large, clean, surface, sprinkle with a light coating of your extra flour. I use a French Rolling Pin that is wooden because it does not leave any groove or lines in the cookie dough.
- Place the flattened sugar cookie dough onto the floured surface. Sprinkle the dough and the wooden rolling pin with some more flour.
- Starting in the center of the cookie dough and working your way to the edges, roll out. Keep moving the chocolate cookie dough around and make sure it does not stick to the surface. Re-flour everything when needed on the top and bottom of the sugar cookie dough and also, the rolling pin if needed.
- Roll the chocolate dough to a little less than ¼ inch thick. If you want a thicker cut out cookie, roll it thicker. If you want a thinner cut out cookie, roll it thinner.
- How to Cut Out Black Cocoa Sugar Cookies Recipe
Use the cookie cutters of your choice. When cutting with the cookie cutter, get as close to the edge of the dough as possible.
- If need, use a metal spatula to lift the cut out cookie dough off and onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Place the cut out cookies about 1 inch apart on the baking sheet pan.
- Carefully, shake off any of the excess flour on the leftover chocolate cookie dough. Work the cookie dough together but do not over work it. I have found that if you combine all the excess cookie dough together, I can roll it out one more time and cut more cookies out. I throw out any leftover dough after the second roll out because the finished cut out cookies become hard and tough.
- How Long to Bake Black Chocolate Cookies?
Preheat the convection oven to 325°F.
- Bake the cut out cookies in a preheated oven for about 7-8 minutes.
- Baking times will vary. You want the chocolate cookies to be done but not over baked. With the black chocolate cookies, they will not turn golden-brown to be able to tell when they are done. Watch the texture change in the cookie as it bakes.
- Remove from the oven and let the sugar cookies cool on the cookie sheet pan before transferring them to a piece of freezer paper, parchment paper, or a piece of paper towel.
- Decorate the black cocoa sugar cookies cut outs with your favorite frosting.
- Chocolate sugar cookies will last in a cool, dry place for up to 4 days. Or the sugar cookies will last in the freezer for up to 3 months.
- Use as little flour as possible when rolling out the sugar cookies.
- Do not over bake the black cookies.
- Do not roll out the sugar cookie dough more than twice.
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Amount Per Serving Calories 85Total Fat 4gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 18mgSodium 43mgCarbohydrates 12gFiber 0gSugar 4gProtein 2g
Note: For exact nutritional information, consult your dietitian. All nutritional information is simply a guideline.
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