Sugar cookies are wonderful, but perfect Chocolate Sugar Cookies are even better! Rich in chocolate flavor, with crisp edges and tender centers, they are perfect for cut outs since they don't spread in the oven. Paired with easy Royal Icing or Easy Buttercream Frosting, they are simple and wonderful all by themselves, but even more fun when decorated with colorful Royal Icing and lots of sprinkles. It's time to get your favorite cookie cutters out!
WHAT IS THE SECRET OF PERFECT CHOCOLATE SUGAR COOKIES?
To ensure the wonderfully soft chocolate sugar cookies of your dreams, you want to roll the dough about ¼-inch thick. This may seem too thick when you are rolling and cutting, but it’s absolutely key if you want perfect sugar cookies for munching and decorating!
The secret ingredient that makes these cookies perfect? Cream Cheese and a touch of cornstarch keep these cookies sturdy, but still soft and chewy – almost like a Chocolate Brownie Sugar Cookie!
If you’ve found your cut-out sugar cookies lose their shape in the past, it could have been due to a few factors (too much butter in the recipe, dough too warm, dough not rolled thick enough, etc.), but I can tell you that this recipe yields absolutely beautiful edges that do not spread if you take care to roll to the appropriate thickness (if rolled too thin then they can spread) and chill the cut-out dough before baking.
CHOCOLATE SUGAR COOKIE TIPS & TRICKS:
TIPS & TRICKS FOR THE BEST EASY ROYAL ICING:
CHOCOLATE CREAM CHEESE SUGAR COOKIES:
2-1/4 cups (270g) all-purpose flour
3/4 cup (63g) unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (172g) unsalted butter (softened to room temperature)
4 ounces cream cheese (room temperature)
1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
1 large egg (room temperature)
2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
EASY ROYAL ICING:
4 cups powdered sugar
3 Tablespoons Meringue Powder
1 Tablespoon corn syrup (Karo)
2 Tablespoons flavoring (I use clear vanilla)
8-10+ Tablespoons water (room temperature)
AmeriColor Soft Gel Food Coloring (strongly recommended!)
FOR DECORATING: Royal Icing
HOW I MAKE THESE:
YIELD: Makes about 27 (three-inch) cookies (or 20 4-inch cookies)
Original recipe created by Snowflakes & Coffeecakes; reposted December 2021.
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