These Chocolate Sugar Cookies are my go-to recipe for the softest, thickest and most perfect chocolate sugar cookies for decorating - and the easiest Chocolate Royal Icing. For those times when you need a perfect chocolate sugar cookie that has an easy dough to roll out and work with, will hold its shape and edges, and have a wonderful surface for fun decorating, this is the one I use. Perfectly fudgy, simple and wonderful!
CHOCOLATE SUGAR COOKIE DREAMS...
These chocolate sugar cookies are consistently fantastic! Not only are they the perfect balance of chocolate and buttery goodness, they’re incredibly simple to make. They’re crisp on the edges, soft in the center, and full of chocolate flavor - as rich as a brownie, but soft and chewy as your favorite soft sugar cookie.
Chocolate Royal Icing is also one of the challenges for most cookie decorators. This recipe has been tested and tweaked more times that I want to admit - but the final result is perfection! You will notice that it is a very dark chocolate when you first add the water, but after beating for several minutes, it will start to lighten up. Loaded with sweet chocolate flavor and tender bite, and it decorates like a dream!
CHOCOLATE SUGAR COOKIE SECRETS...
CHOCOLATE SUGAR COOKIES:
3/4 cup (172g) unsalted butter (softened to room temperature)
1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
1 large egg, at room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 and 1/2 cups (188g) all-purpose flour
3/4 cup (63g) unsweetened natural cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
CHOCOLATE ROYAL ICING:
4 cups powdered sugar
¼ cup cocoa powder (Rodelle Dutch Chocolate or Ghirardelli or Hershey’s Special Dark)
¼ cup Wilton Meringue Powder
1/2 Tablespoon vanilla
1 teaspoon corn syrup
10-12 tablespoons water (room temperature)
FOR DECORATING: Holiday Sprinkles and Sparkling Sugar (both optional)
HOW I MAKE THESE:
YIELD: Makes about 30 (three-inch) cookies (or 24 4-inch cookies)
Originally published December 2012; revised & republished October 2020.
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