I’m obsessed with these Love Letter Chocolate Sugar Cookies! Perfect for weddings or bridal showers, Valentine’s Day or garden parties, they are almost too cute to eat! Perfect Chocolate Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies are rich in chocolate flavor and incredibly soft. Paired with easy Royal Icing and decorated with colorful Royal Icing flowers and leaves send the perfect message of love!
The first time I made these cookies, after flooding the Chocolate Sugar Cookies with white Royal Icing, I wasn't too sure how these would turn out - they were just too simple. Once I air-brushed the text, they started to come alive. My original thought was to pipe a small red heart on top of each cookie and add a lacey edge to the cookie, but my vision changed after placing small red roses - the flowers of love, and some delicate green leaves. Love Letters for sure!
WHAT IS THE SECRET OF PERFECT CHOCOLATE SUGAR COOKIES?
To ensure the wonderfully soft 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:
TIPS & TRICKS FOR AIRBRUSHING COOKIES:
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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