Chocolate Sugar Cookies

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    A chocolatey twist on the classic sugar cookie! Chocolate sugar cookies are for the chocolate lovers!

    A chocolatey twist on the classic sugar cookie! Chocolate sugar cookies are for the chocolate lovers!

    Chocolate Sugar Cookies |

    Wellllll hello, hello! Jason and I just got back from the Bahamas last night! It was a nice little getaway for the weekend. It was actually a press trip so I’ll have a blog post for y’all coming soon so if you guys ever decide to go to Nassau and need ideas on what to do, where to eat, and where to stay, I’ve got that for you! We got *some* sun but not as much as when we were in Turks & Caicos for an entire week. It was just really nice to be at the beach, though. I wish I could live at the beach :)

    Flying gets me more and more anxious every time I fly. I hate turbulence! It’s so scary. I don’t like looking out the window and seeing the wings shake. Just gives me bad visions in my head. I have xanax but for the past few flights I’ve been on, I’ve actually tried to talk myself out of the anxiety and find other ways to deal with it without the medicine. I tried that this time too, and it didn’t work as well. I didn’t have a chance to take any either so I was really tense the entire flight. I could barely focus on reading or doing work. It was bad!

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    Not only is flying already stressful enough for every one (and anxiety-ridden for me), no one needs parents who don’t tame their kids. Now, I don’t have kids of my own yet so I’m probably just making a general statement, but you must agree with me that parents should be parents and not be on their cell phones texting and playing games, right? If their kid is running around wild and stomping/kicking the seat in front of them, they should be disciplined, correct? Well, the lady that sat behind me had two girls that seemed to be the age of 5 and 6. They wouldn’t sit buckled down in their seat and they kept running back and forth within their own row. Every time they did that, they’d knock our entire row of seats forward. If they sat down, they’d constantly kick my seat. Yes, I understand they’re young, but kids understand and will listen if you talk to them and teach them. If you’re sitting on your phone and ignoring them, they’ll obviously not take you seriously when you say “shh!” or whatever. Ugh, makes me angry these parents just ignore their children like that.

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    Anyway, I LOVE these cookies. I like them better than regular sugar cookies! They’re intensely chocolate flavored but they’re not too sweet either. They’re soft and slightly chewy. They have the most delicious chocolatey flavor. It’ll definitely hit the spot if you need some chocolate. I don’t think we gave any of these away either because we couldn’t stop eating them. They’re definitely one of our favorite cookies. I want you to make them one of your favorites too! So what are you waiting for?

    Heads up – stay tuned tomorrow for a giveaway that’s open to everyone! U.S. and International readers :)

    5 from 1 vote

    Chocolate Sugar Cookies

    A twist on the classic sugar cookie!
    Prep Time: 20 mins
    Cook Time: 15 mins
    Total Time: 35 mins
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 2 dozen
    Calories: 163kcal
    Author: Julie Chiou
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    • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
    • 1 1/2 cups plus 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
    • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 1/2 tsp baking soda
    • 1/4 tsp baking powder
    • 14 tbsp unsalted butter
    • 1 3/4 cups packed dark brown sugar
    • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1 large egg plus 1 large yolk


    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking sheets. Place granulated sugar in a shallow dish and set aside. Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, and baking powder in a bowl. Whisk to combine.
    • Microwave 10 tbsp. butter, covered, in a large bowl until melted, about 1 minute. Remove from microwave and stir in remaining 4 tbsp. of butter until melted. Allow butter to cool to 90-95 degrees, about 5 minutes.
    • In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, mix brown sugar, vanilla, salt, and melted butter together until no lumps remain. Add in the egg and yolk and mix until smooth. Gently add in the flour mixture and mix until just combined.
    • Working with 2 tbsp. of dough at a time, roll balls in granulated sugar and divide between baking sheets. Using a bottom of a drinking glass, flatten cookies to 2 inches in diameter. Sprinkle each sheet of cookies with 1 1/2 tsp. remaining granulated sugar.
    • Bake 1 sheet at a time until cookies are slightly puffy and edges have begun to set, about 15 minutes, rotating sheet halfway through baking (cookies will look slightly underdone between cracks). Let cookies cool on sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire rack. Let cookies cool completely before serving.
    • Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.


    Source: from Cook's Country, May 2013
    Nutrition Facts
    Chocolate Sugar Cookies
    Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
    Calories 163 Calories from Fat 72
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 8g12%
    Carbohydrates 24g8%
    Fiber 1g4%
    Sugar 17g19%
    Protein 2g4%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.
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  • Tracey says:

    A trip to the Bahamas sounds so good right now, I love it there! But since that won’t be happening, I’ll gladly settle for chocolate sugar cookies :) I’ve made this recipe and absolutely loved it too!

  • Aimee @ ShugarySweets says:

    A weekend in the Bahamas is just what I need!! With a batch of these gorgeous cookies! I feel the same way about flying. It’s pretty ridiculous, but I won’t even take medication because in case of an emergency, I want to be able to have all my senses to get out of the plane, LOL. But, I would still fly to the bahamas….

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    Seriously you’ll love my kids more and more if you keep experiencing kids like that ;) Flying is rough on everyone and I do agree parents need to at least try to do what they can but sometimes it doesn’t always work… however in that instance it sounds like she didn’t attempt to stop them. Glad you’re home and sharing deliciousness like this omg I need a cookie!!

  • Oh geez! Sugar cookies just got 100 times better!! Guess that means I have to dunk them in chocolate milk instead of regular milk!

  • Tieghan says:

    Not a sugar cookie person for the sole reason that they are not chocolate. Now I can I finally be a sugar cookie person because these are all chocolate and all amazing! Ah…heck yes!

  • Laurie {Simply Scratch} says:

    Love those cracks! Beautiful!

  • Pam says:

    Delicious! These are definitely better than regular sugar cookies!

  • Erin | The Law Student's Wife says:

    You just described the plane ride of my nightmares. Good thing these cookies are a dream! Further proof that just about everything is better with chocolate!

  • Bev @ Bev Cooks says:

    My entire face is covered with drool.

  • ML Scrapbooker/Cook says:

    Cookies look yummy! I’m just curious as to why you melted a portion of the butter and then let the rest melt in the hot butter? I’ve never seen cookies made this way… I will have to try it! (BTW, I always (my family would say I’m neurotic) follow a recipe to a “T” the first time I make it!

    Love your blog!

    • Julie says:

      Hi there! The reason why I do that is because it helps cool down the butter since it needs to be cooled before pouring it in with the rest of the ingredients, so to speed it up a tad, you put in the 4 tbsp. of cold butter with the melted butter. Hope that helps! Good luck and enjoy! Thank you for coming to the blog :)

  • Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough says:

    I need these cookies in my life like I need air. YUM.

    So glad you had a great time in the Bahamas!

  • Jenny Flake says:

    How fun are these cookies?! Love them!!

  • Heather Christo says:

    I would love a beach in the bahamas and a dozen cookies please!

  • Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain says:

    I seriously can’t wait for your post!! But until then, I will just have to eat a dozen of these delicious cookies!

  • Maria says:

    It’s cookie Monday:) Love these!

  • Carla @ Carlas Confections says:

    Soooooo jealous of your trip! But Ill forgive you if you give me some of these cookies ;)

  • Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl says:

    I’ve been craving sugar cookies lately and you just kicked it up a notch with these chocolate sugar cookies – yummy yum yum!

  • Ash- foodfashionparty says:

    The trip sounds like a lot of fun and looking forward to your tips on eating spots.
    The cookies look divine and sugary tops are perfect.
    I have 2 boys myself and I completely agree with you that parents need to talk to kids and discipline is a must. As someone else wrote, I am blessed and so thankful for my boys, they are dolls..

  • cquek says:

    Awesome, I love to have cookies while I am watching my soccer game.

  • Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking says:

    Man oh man do those look perfect! I want a dozen!

  • claire @ the realistic nutritionist says:

    Now that I don’t need to be in a bathing suit, I’ll have 200.

  • Jen @ Savory Simple says:

    Flying has been getting more difficult for me as I get older. Half the time I wind up popping a Xanax if there’s any turbulence; I just can’t deal. I’m glad you had a great trip and the cookies look delicious!

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) says:

    Love these, especially that sprinkle of sugar on top!

  • Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective says:

    Didn’t think sugar cookies could get any better! Chocolate Sugar Cookies are definitely better!! :)

  • Mercedes says:

    I have gotten more and more afraid of flying too! These cookies look delicious and I am pinning them for future reference!

  • Janine says:

    These look divine! I haven’t made these yet but just wondering if 14 tbsp butter translates to a measuring cup amount?

    • Julie says:

      I looked it up and it says 7/8 cups of butter. Just take 1 full stick of butter (which in the U.S. is 8 tbsp.) and then take a second stick and cut off 2 tbsp. and you’ll have 14 tbsp. Sorry, not much help with the measuring cup part!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen says:

    confession: I think sugar cookies are totally lame. HOWEVER, (before you go thinking I’ve turned into one of your psycho commenters)you putting chocolate in them may have changed my mind ;)

  • Marian (Sweetopia) says:

    Yummy looking cookies!
    Love Nassau too! Worked on 3 dif. Royal Caribbean cruise ships for a year, and two of them had Nassau as a port. Went back there a few years ago for a vacation, and it felt like coming home!

  • Jackie {Domestic Fits} says:

    Those look gorgeous! Perfect way to easy your back into reality when coming back from paradise.

  • Gaby says:

    how is it possible that I’ve never had a chocolate sugar cookie – these look fab lady!

  • Des @ Life's Ambrosia says:

    When it comes to cookies sugar cookies are usually the last ones I go for because I always choose the chocolate cookies. Now you’ve gone and made Chocolate Sugar Cookies? Now THAT is heaven.

  • Abby {munchin' mel} says:

    love, love these cookies! they’re simply gorgeous and all that chocolatey goodness… so yum! :)

  • Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) says:

    These cookies look perfect! And your trip sounds amazing. Can’t wait to hear more about it. I wouldn’t call myself a nervous flier, but I totally know what you mean. Bad turbulence gets me every time and my blood pressure goes up big time.

  • Candice says:

    Mmm..these cookies look yummy! I wish the texture was crunchy and not chewy though (not a fan of chewy cookies).

  • Marla Meridith says:

    I could easily munch on a dozen of these!

  • Nutmeg Nanny says:

    These are so beautiful, I love your photos :) I can already taste them!

  • Megan says:

    These cookies look great!
    Maybe it’s a problem on my end, but when I click on the Pinterest button on any of the photos, I get an error about the photo size. And no photo shows up in the preview window. Tried it on both Chrome and Firefox. Thought you’d like to know..

    • Julie says:

      That’s really odd. I’ve been having issues with that plugin. I’ve disabled it for now, so you should be able to just use the “Pin It” button right above my recipe and it should work. Thanks for bringing this up!

  • Nessa says:

    Great pictures! These look so yummy :)

  • [email protected] is How I Cook says:

    These are right up my alley. Can’t wait to try them. And I’ll be honest here…Next time tell the kids you want to ask them a question. And then ask them if they would like their seats always being knocked around. Usually it works. And you are nice about it which moms appreciate. Usually… But I always open my mouth! Enough said! Or next time carry some cookies for bribes!

  • Brandy says:

    I need to make some dessert type thing for the day after I come home from vacation. I was wondering if I could make these ahead (up to the ball part) and either freeze or refrigerate for about 4 days?

  • shelly (cookies and cups) says:

    These look awesome, so creative!

  • Lexi P says:

    These cookies are so yummy! I’ve made them twice now and probably will make another batch this weekend. I love that it uses melted butter so I don’t have to plan ahead for it to be softened. Thanks for such a great recipe!

    • Julie says:

      Thanks for the feedback, Lexi! These are one of my favorite cookies. I always forget to put out the butter so you’re right, melted butter is so much better :) :)

  • Juanîta says:

    Hello… I wanted to make three dozen cookies of this recipe, so I measured half of one recipe (making it a total of 3dz) but the batter did not come out thick to where I can form into a ball and roll in sugar. So I have spooned a blob on the baking sheet and sprinkled sugar over them, and the results…. soft in the inside and crunchy on the out, so DELISH!!

    • Julie says:

      Glad you enjoyed this!

  • Christine says:

    My second time trying your recipe and its perfect! This time I used 1/2 oat flour and 1/2 regular flour because I wanted more of a breakfast cookie for my kids and its still fabulous! Thank you!

  • Lisa says:

    These were wonderful and so easy to make. I took them into the office and the entire batch was gone by the end of the day. I will definitely save this recipe for another little chocolate craving.

  • Fawn says:

    Is there a typo or are we really supposed to use 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract? Seems like a lot, so just want to make sure it’s not supposed to be teaspoon!

    • Julie says:

      Nope, no typo. 1 tablespoon :)

  • Marilee says:

    Really good cookie recipe.
    Too sticky to form into balls and roll in sugar, so I do what I learned in the original Peg Brackin, I Hate to Cook Book. Drop dough onto cookie sheet with a spoon, grease or smear cookie dough on bottom of a glass. Dip in sugar (I use regular sugar and coarse turbonado sugar) and flatten dough with glass.

  • Jill Roberts @ WellnessGeeky says:

    These are so Instagrammable and adorable! Definitely I will prep these chocolate sugar cookies on the weekend for my family. Thanks for sharing!

  • Julia Stearns @ Healthirony says:

    These chocolate sugar cookies are stunning. I’m not a talented baker, but I would love to give these a try! Thanks, Julie!

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