There are times when a cookie is almost too pretty to eat – but be brave and take a bite! Hydrangea Sugar Cookies not only are spellbindingly beautiful, but they are rich in chocolate flavor and incredibly soft. Flooded with a mossy green Royal Icing and decorated with beautiful hydrangea blooms, these special cookies are perfect for Mother’s Day, bridal showers, weddings, or for any hydrangea lover in your life!
For my daughter's wedding, these were the first cookies to disappear from the Wedding Cookie Table!
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 RECIPE TRICKS:
TIPS & TRICKS FOR 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 Bright White 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)
Originally recipe created by Snowflakes & Coffeecakes; published April 2021.
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