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Soft Chocolate Sugar Cookies

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These fudgy Chocolate Sugar Cookies are supremely soft and tender. They’re very easy to make, and there are so many fun ways to decorate them!

Looking for more sugar cookie recipes? Try these easy vanilla sugar cookies!

A stack of five sugar cookies with every other cookie covered in nonpareil sprinkles

Super Soft Chocolate Sugar Cookies

Once you sink your teeth into one of these moist and tender sugar cookies, you’ll be hooked for life. They’re so rich, fudgy and chocolatey, and they practically melt in your mouth! With minimal effort required to make them, you can spend your time and energy on the fun part – the decorating.

Whether you want to cover your cookies in sprinkles or add a drizzle of sweet white chocolate on top, they’re going to look and taste amazing. And if you’d like to prepare the dough in advance, it’s easy to do so! You can store it in the fridge or freezer, then bake it up when you’re ready for your chocolate fix.

What Are Drop Cookies?

There are two main kinds of sugar cookies – cut-out cookies and drop cookies. Cut-out cookies require the rolling of the dough, whereas drop cookies are made by simply dropping balls of dough onto the baking sheet. Cut-out cookies tend to be harder and crunchier, so if you’re more of a soft cookie person, drop cookies like these ones are the way to go.

Homemade sugar cookies arranged on a dessert plate on top of a white piece of cloth

Ingredients For Cookies

These cookies are made with a simple lineup of kitchen staples, including a secret ingredient to keep them extra soft and chewy!

  • Unsalted Butter: Be sure to soften your butter before making the batter.
  • Granulated Sugar: You can use additional sugar to roll the dough balls in, if desired.
  • Light Brown Sugar
  • Eggs
  • Pure Vanilla Extract
  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Cocoa Powder: Dutch processed cocoa powder will give you the richest chocolate flavor.
  • Baking Soda
  • Cream of Tartar: Secret’s out! I encourage you not to omit this – it’s what makes the cookies so wonderfully soft.
  • Salt
A close-up shot of a chocolate sugar cookie coated in granulated sugar

How to Make Chocolate Sugar Cookies

One of my favorite things about this recipe is the fact that you don’t have to chill the dough. All in all, your cookies come together in less than 30 minutes!

Prep for Baking: Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

Cream Butter & Sugar: Soften the butter in the microwave for 10-12 seconds. Combine the butter with the sugars and beat on medium speed until the ingredients are well creamed together.

Add Eggs & Vanilla: Add the eggs and vanilla extract, mixing them into the creamed butter and sugar until the eggs are well beaten.

Combine Dry Ingredients: In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Slowly add the mixture into the combined wet ingredients, beating on medium-low speed until well combined.

Form Cookies: Use a large cookie scoop to scoop out balls of dough and roll them in granulated sugar or sprinkles, if desired. Place the dough balls about 2 inches apart on the baking sheet.

Bake and Cool

Can I Make These Ahead of Time?

Indeed – you can make the dough in advance and store it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. If you’d like to store it for longer, keep it in the freezer instead. If you are going to freeze the dough, I don’t recommend covering the dough with sprinkles. As the dough comes to room temperature, the color on the sprinkles can run.

Thaw out frozen dough before scooping and baking your cookies. After the dough has been in the fridge, you will need to leave it out on the counter until it comes to room temperature so it’s soft enough to scoop.

A sprinkle-covered chocolate sugar cookie propped up against a cold glass of milk

Tips for Success

There are a few extra steps you can take to make sure your chocolate sugar cookies turn out flawless. I’ve got the inside scoop right here!

  • Pre-Scoop When Making Ahead: If you form your dough balls before you store them in the fridge or freezer, you’ll be able to bake your cookies right away rather than having to wait for the dough to soften. This also allows you to bake just a few at a time! Keep in mind that you may need to add a couple minutes to the bake time.
  • Use a Silicone Baking Mat: A silicone baking sheet like this one is preferable to a sheet of parchment paper when it comes to lining your pan. It adds a thicker layer under the cookies, which helps prevent the bottoms from over-baking.
  • Stop Baking While the Centers Still Look Soft: Slightly under-baking your cookies is better than over-baking them. This is because they continue to cook for a little bit on the baking sheet after you remove them from the oven. If you take them out while the centers are still a little bit doughy and the edges are a little bit crispy, your cookies will be perfect.

How to Decorate Sugar Cookies

Decorating these cookies couldn’t be more simple. And there are plenty of different ways to do it!

  • Roll in Sanding Sugar: If you’re decorating these cookies for Christmas, I recommend rolling them in red or green sanding sugar instead of regular granulated sugar. It makes them nice and festive for the holidays.
  • Roll in Sprinkles: If you’d like to roll your dough balls in sprinkles rather than sugar, that’s another great option you have at your disposal. I like to use the round nonpareil sprinkles – either rainbow ones or a festive holiday version. This is best if you are baking the dough right away and not freezing the dough or finished cookies.
  • Drizzle or dip with White Chocolate: I love using white chocolate for cookie decorating, especially around holidays like Christmas. A few drops of food coloring makes all the difference! Use melting chocolate rather than white chocolate chips for the best results.
  • Top with Frosting: Why not sweeten these cookies up with a little frosting? My Oreo Buttercream and Peanut Butter Frosting are both top-notch icing options.
Seven chocolate sugar cookies stacked on top of one another with a bowl of rainbow sprinkles in the background

Storage Instructions

Once cooled, these cookies should be stored in an airtight container or a resealable bag with all the air squeezed out. You can keep them at room temperature for up to 4 days or in the fridge for up to 1 week.

Can I Freeze These?

Yes, you can. Store the cooled cookies in a freezer-safe container, placing parchment paper in between layers if stacking is necessary. Frozen cookies will last for up to 3 months. Thaw them out in the fridge or on the counter before enjoying. Be sure to see the notes about freezing cookies with sprinkles.

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Soft Chocolate Sugar Cookies

  • Author: Julianne Dell
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 27 minutes
  • Yield: 18 cookies

Description

These fudgy Chocolate Sugar Cookies are supremely soft and tender. They’re very easy to make, and there are so many fun ways to decorate them!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (226g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 ½ cups (285g) granulated sugar
  • ½ cup (110g) light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoon (10ml) pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (280g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (111g) cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon (4g) baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon (3g) cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon (5g) salt
  • ½ cup granulated sugar or sprinkles, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  2. Soften the butter in the microwave for 10-12 seconds. Combine the butter with the sugars and beat on medium speed until the ingredients are well creamed together.
  3. Add the eggs and vanilla extract, mixing them into the creamed butter and sugar until the eggs are well beaten.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Slowly add the mixture into the combined wet ingredients, beating on medium-low speed until well combined.
  5. Use a large cookie scoop to scoop out balls of dough and roll them in granulated sugar, if desired. Place the dough balls about 2 inches apart on the baking sheet.
  6. Bake your cookies for 11-13 minutes.
  7. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for several minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
Nutrition Information:
1 cookie
247
22.2 g
211.4 mg
11.5 g
35.7 g
1.8 g
3.1 g
47.8 mg
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: chocolate cookies, chewy cookies, christmas cookies

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