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Chocolate Sugar Cookies

Easy recipe for soft and chewy chocolate sugar cookies that are easy to whip up with ingredients that you most likely already have in your cupboard.
Course cookies, Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 30
Calories 131 kcal
Author Five Silver Spoons


  • cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup natural cocoa powder or a combination cocoa powder
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • cups sugar plus 1 cup for rolling the cookie dough balls in
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom optional


  1. Place the oven rack to the middle position.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder (I prefer natural cocoa rather than sweetened), baking soda and salt.
  5. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle, beat the butter on medium until smooth.
  6. Add the 1¾ cups sugar and beat on medium until light and fluffy. This should take about 2-3 minutes to arrive at the "fluffy" light yellow look.
  7. Add the egg and vanilla and beat on medium until combined.
  8. Add the flour mixture and beat on low until just combined.
  9. Place the remaining 1 cup sugar in a medium bowl. Stir in cardamom, if desired.
  10. Form the cookies into balls. The original recipe recommends about ⅓ cup dough for each cookie. I made mine smaller (about 2T).
  11. Roll each ball in the sugar and place cookies on each prepared sheet pan. Bake one sheet at a time 11 to 14 minutes, until the edges have set and the centers are puffed and starting to crackle. I cooked mine for about 11 minutes. Mine were smaller than the recipe called for though, so cooking time was on the shorter side.
  12. Transfer the baking sheet to a wire rack and let the cookies cool completely on the pan.

Recipe Notes

Adapted slightly from "The Vanilla Bean Baking Book", by Sarah Kieffer.

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Sugar Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 131 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 21mg7%
Sodium 69mg3%
Potassium 33mg1%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 1g2%
Calcium 6mg1%
Vitamin A 195IU4%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.