Chocolate Sugar Cookies

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Chocolate Sugar Cookies-so simple yet so good!

Chocolate Sugar Cookies-so simple yet so good!

Sometimes you just get in a mood. You want something. Something to nibble on. You look through all the cabinets. Nothing looks good. You stand in front of the refrigerator, with the door open. Letting all the cold air out, for at least 5 minutes. Still, nothing.

Chocolate Sugar Cookies-so simple yet so good!

So you walk away. Still craving something, but you don’t know what. You don’t want chips, you don’t want to make a sandwich. The leftovers from the day before looked good but you’re saving them for dinner.

So you take out some butter but have no idea what you’ll make.  You know all good things start with butter.

Chocolate Sugar Cookies-so simple yet so good!

You go do some chores, maybe a little work. As a food blogger, you’ve learned to multi-task. You can edit photos in between loads of laundry.

You finally return to the kitchen to make something with the butter. You open your baking cabinet and it all just comes together.

Chocolate Sugar Cookies-so simple yet so good!The perfect Chocolate Sugar Cookie.

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Chocolate Sugar Cookies

Chocolate Sugar Cookies


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar for rolling


  1. Cream together butter and brown sugar with a mixer until fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add in eggs, one at a time, mixing after each addition, and then vanilla.
  3. Combine cocoa powder, flour, baking soda and salt. Slowly add flour mixture to butter mixture. Mix well.
  4. Refrigerate dough for one hour.
  5. Using a cookie scoop, scoop dough and place into granulated sugar, roll around to coat. Place sugar coated dough on lightly greased or parchment lined baking sheet, space cookies 2 inches apart. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 9-10 minutes.
  6. Let cookies cool on baking sheet for 10 minutes before removing to racks to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.


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About Joan Hayes

Mom to 3 teens, sweets and travel are her passions. Joan really does love her chocolate. She has a secret stash she hides from the kids and she has at least one bite of something chocolatey every day. She creates easy recipes any skill level can achieve to satisfy the sweet tooth in everyone!


  1. I would definitely say it all came together for you! I have never had a chocolate sugar cookie…but WHY NOT. They are fabulous separate…and I bet even better together!

  2. These look simply delectable! And your photo of Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies have convinced me that I MUST make that recipe today!!

  3. Which one is it baking powder or baking soda, in the ingredients needed you wrote baking powder but in the directions to do you write baking soda, please clarify, really want to make these cookies for grandkids. Thank you so much

  4. it sure DID come together – what a delicious looking cookie

  5. Mmmm, chocolate sugar cookies – what a great idea!

  6. Vickie Robertson says:

    I just started making the chocolate sugar cookies and realized the ingredients says baking powder but in the instructions it says soda. I just hoping you could clarify which one it takes. I’m excited to make & try these cookies!

  7. I loooove these cookies! I’ve never had a chocolate sugar cookie, I don’t think, but I need to remedy this!

  8. These look wonderful and I would be happy to take some off your hands!

  9. These cookies look amazing! I have all the ingredients on hand so I might just have to make them tomorrow! Pinning this post & I’m so glad I stopped by from Link Party Palooza!

  10. These chocolate sugar cookies are the best thing ever invented!

  11. Hi Joan,
    Can you tell me what size scoop you used and how many cookies does the recipe make?


    • I use a small cookie scoop, the 1 tablespoon size. If you want larger cookies, use the medium scoop. Using the small scoop, I get about 48 cookies from this recipe.

      • Thank you so much for the quick reply! I am getting ready to take the dough out of the refrigerator now. I am one of those people who will divide the dough in 4 parts to make sure I get 4 dozen cookies.


  13. Meh. These are okay. They need something more.

  14. I was perusing pinterest….. looking for something sweet and tasty… and I came across this recipe. The opening paragraph sold me and I decided to give them a try since I had all the ingredients. They are totally awesome and I have added them to my favorite recipe list!

  15. Rebekah Rogers says:

    Could I make this cookie dough say on a Sunday and then freeze it to bake on a Thursday?

  16. Delicious. And if you want extra decadence, add another 1/4 cup cocoa and some peanut butter (to taste – I used 1/4 cup of the peanut butter, but think it could have taken more) to this recipe…

  17. Do you think these would hold up well enough to make cut-out cookies?

  18. So good! An easy recipe I could make without having to go to the store! Perfectly soft and chewy and the chocolate flavor is wonderful!

  19. Made these twice and they are absolutely wonderful. They came out of the oven very thin so we used them to make ice cream sandwiches. So tasty!!!

  20. Stephanie F says:

    Made these today and they are SO yummy! I added chocolate chips too – as if they weren’t chocolatey enough! 🙂 Thanks for the recipe!

  21. I never thought to add vanilla to my cookies. Looking forward to trying this out with the kids. You photograph them so beautifully too! Keep up the yummy work.

  22. Like in your intro to these cookies, I was looking for something for my boyfriend and I to snack on but we had NOTHING in the pantry. So I figured why not look up a recipe? I had all the ingredients for these so I started baking away! Dough is in the fridge right now and oh my lord it already tastes great! (I know it’s not advised to eat raw dough but hey, gotta live a little once in a while right?) So looking forward to how these pan out!

  23. Perfect recipe for very yummy cookies. I made these cookies last night and we all enjoyed it so much. Thank you very much for sharing this awesome recipe!

  24. I’ve made these twice now and they are amazing! My husband likes them so much I made them for him instead of a birthday cake. Thank you for this delicious recipe!

  25. They look good! But would you recommend me to add instant coffee to enhance the chocolate? I hope to hear from you soon!

    • In my opinion you can never go wrong adding a few teaspoons of instant coffee to chocolate recipes. Will definitely enhance the chocolate.

  26. Tried these cookies this past weekend they turned out great. One person commented about not having a strong enough chocolate flavor, so I added a teaspon of espresso powder with the other dry ingredients and it perked up the chocolate flavor a lot. Regular instant coffe granules would do the same.

  27. can you freeze these and they still taste good?

  28. Shivani Shah says:

    How many cookies does this recipe make?

  29. jeanine says:

    These came out a little salty – anyone else think so? I may put 1/2 tsp next time!

  30. One of the best cookies I have ever had. Definitely adding this recipe to my collection.

  31. i am making this recipe right now….i don’t have enough time to refrigerate them……

    so is it okay if i directly roll them in sugar…


  32. I love these cookies. They are chewy, chocolatey, and perfectly sweet. However, It is extremely difficult to view your site. when trying to “X” out the ads, the site reloads. And with it, reloads the ads. The ads make the sit extremely slow to load and scroll through, often leaving blank spots on the page. even typing this comment is taking forever. Just an FYI.

    • I’m sorry you’re having trouble viewing my site. There shouldn’t be any pop up ads, I can’t stand those either. You might want to try clearing your cashe. Hopefully that will solve the problem.

  33. These cookies turned out amazing. I had some left over buttercream frosting and iced half of them. Delightful both ways. Thanks for sharing.

  34. A simple google search led me to your site. These cookies were the best cocoa cookies I’ve ever made. Crunchy on the outside and chewy in the middle, great chocolate flavor and not too sweet. Thanks for posting these!

  35. Loved your photo! These look like molasses cookies my Mom use to make, which I love. But nothin beets chocolate! loved your story and can’t wait to whip these up.

  36. I loved the line, “You know all good things start with butter.”

  37. delicious. I used Special Dark cocoa powder, and I’m totally in love. I almost don’t want to give them away, as is my plan.

  38. I made these tonight and they are delicious! My husband even complimented them. The recipe was easy. I’m def making these again.

  39. So, OMG. These are amazing as is. However…..I have to share my modification: used 2/3 special dark cocoa plus the rest natural cocoa to make 3/4 c, added a cup of bittersweet chips chopped up and……a tablespoon of water with four teaspoons of instant coffee dissolved in it added with the vanilla. Now I only wish I had chocolate covered coffee nibs to add! GREAT, GREAT recipe. If you are wondering if you should make it, DO!!!!

  40. Easy recipe–nice but not wow. But that’s what I expect of a sugar cookie–a comforting taste and texture. Will make these again.

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