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Chocolate Cut Out Cookies

These Chocolate Cut Out Sugar Cookies are packed with delicious chocolate flavor, slightly chewy centers and crispy edges. If you are looking for brownie like sugar cookie look no further. They are perfect plain, decorated with icing, chocolate or sandwiched with your favorite filling.

Baked cut out cookies on a cooling rack.

updated from 2014

HOW TO MAKE CHOCOLATE CUT OUT COOKIES

COOKIE DOUGH USES

This cut out cookie recipe is really fantastic. Cookie dough is easy to make and it is also very versatile. Baked cookies can be decorated with icing, fondant or chocolate. When you omit baking powder you can make molded cookies. Or use textured mats to transfer beautiful designs onto the cookies.

You can roll out cookies thinly to make them crispy and fill them with jam, ganache, peanut butter or coconut filling. And guess what? You can also use these chocolate brownie cut out cookies to make ice cream sandwiches. So good!

Let’s make some chocolate cookies. But be aware, they are extremely addictive.

INGREDIENTS

Just like with most of the baking recipes be sure to use room temperature ingredients.

  • Unsalted Butter
  • Brown Sugar
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Almond Extract
  • Instant Espresso Powder or Strong Granulated Coffee
  • Cocoa Powder – preferably use Dutch Processed
  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Baking Powder – if you don’t have dutch processed cocoa powder use natural and omit baking powder

TIP : Are you looking for a vegan variation of this recipe, try my Vegan Cookies instead.

Bowls with ingredients for cookie dough.

CREAM BUTTER AND SUGAR

Cream room temperature butter with granulated sugar and brown sugar until pale in color and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Scrape down the bowl few times to ensure all of the ingredients are well blended together, (steps 1-8).

TIP : Butter that is too soft can cause your cookies to spread.

Stainless steel bowl with butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar creamed together.

WET INGREDIENTS AND FLAVORINGS

In this recipe I use 2 whole large eggs at room temperature.

To enhance chocolate flavor I also use coffee in this cookie recipe. Using coffee is totally optional. Along with coffee I use Vanilla and Almond Extracts. Almond extract is also optional. I like to add it to deepen the flavor slightly. If you prefer you can also use chocolate extract to double down on chocolate flavor.

Into the room temperature eggs add Vanilla Extract, Almond Extract and instant coffee granules or espresso powder. Whisk well to combine, (steps 1-8).

TIP : Bring cold eggs to room temperature by submerging them in warm water for 5-10 minutes.

Blue bowl with 2 eggs, extracts and coffee granules.

Into the creamed butter and sugars gradually beat in egg mixture. Scrape down the bowl to ensure all is well combined.

Pouring egg and extracts into bowl with creamed butter and sugar.

COCOA POWDER

When it comes to cocoa powder I’d recommend that you use Dutch processed cocoa powder in this recipe. If you can’t find any it’s okay to use natural cocoa powder but omit the baking powder in the recipe.

Sift a cocoa powder thru a fine mesh sieve into a butter mixture. Beat well until combined and mixture is homogeneous, (steps 1-3).

TIP : It’s important to sift cocoa powder. Don’t skip this step or  you might be unpleasantly surprised with cocoa powder lumps in the cookie dough.

Bowl with creamed butter and sugar and sifted cocoa powder on the top.

DRY INGREDIENTS

I’m using all purpose flour along with salt and baking powder.

Sift flour, baking powder and salt into a mixing bowl, (steps 1-5).

TIP : If you are using natural cocoa powder for the best results omit baking powder.

Mesh sieve filled with flour.

CHOCOLATE COOKIE DOUGH

Now you can gradually add flour mixture into the butter mixture. On low speed add flour in 3 additions, scrapping down the bowl few times to make sure all the flour is well blended in, (steps 1-6).

Dump cookie dough onto a work surface and gather it into a disk. I personally like to give it a quick 5-10 second kneading by hand to bring it all together, (steps 7-8).

Dark chocolate cookies dough in a bowl.

ROLL OUT COOKIE DOUGH

At this point you have 3 options:

  • You can roll out freshly made cookie dough between 2 parchment sheets, slide it onto a tray and stick it into the fridge for an hour and up to 6 hours and then cut out and bake cookies. If you let rolled out cookie dough in the fridge for longer then 8 hours, edges start to dry out a bit.
  • Wrap cookie dough disk into a food wrap and refrigerate for 4 hours and up to 3 days. Then roll out cookie dough.
  • Wrap well in food wrap and place wrapped disk into a freezer safe ziploc bag/container and freeze for up to 3 months.
Cookies dough disk wrapped in a food wrap.

When I work with a chilled or previously frozen cookie disk, before I start rolling out cookie dough I like to quarter the disk and then I take one quarter and set it aside. Rest of the cookie dough I slice into about 1 inch thick pieces, (steps 1-3).

Cookie dough disk cut into quarters.

Roll out quarter of the cookie dough you set aside. If it’s too hard to roll out microwave it on high for 5 seconds. Roll out cookie dough to about ¼ inch between silicone mats or use 2 parchment sheets, (steps 1-4).

TIP : If you plan on decorating cookies with icing I’d recommend  that you roll out cookie dough to about ¼ inch or thicker. However, you can roll the cookie dough thinner if you are not decorating them or, for example if you’re making sandwich cookies.

Piece of cookie dough on a silicone mat, hands holding a rolling pin rolling out cookie dough.

CUT OUT COOKIES

Cut out cookies with cookie cutter or hand cut unique shapes and transfer cookies onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, (steps 1-3).

Hand holding a cut out round cookie.

You can bake cookies right away. Chill the the remaining cut out cookies until your first batch bakes.

Cut out cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment.

Gather scraps, take one or 2 pieces of sliced chilled cookie dough. With your hands press it together and roll it out and repeat the process.

Rolling out cookie dough between silicone mats.

BAKE CHOCOLATE CUT OUT COOKIES

I bake chocolate cut out cookies at 375F (190C). Medium size cookies (3 inch) take about 7-10 minutes. Small (1 inch size) cookies will be done a little faster, about 6-7 minutes. Also, remember thinner cookies will be baked faster.

Cut out scalloped edge round on a baking sheet.

HOW TO MAKE COOKIES CHEWIER?

Use more brown sugar (1 cup brown sugar and ½ cup granulated sugar).

HOW LONG DO CHOCOLATE CUT OUT COOKIE LAST?

Cookies keep at room temperature in an airtight container last for up to 2 weeks.

CAN I FREEZE COOKIES?

Yes, you can freeze cookies.

  • Freeze unbaked cookies on a tray, then layer frozen unbaked cutouts into a freezer safe container, between pieces of parchment. Freeze up to 3 months. When ready to bake, transfer frozen unbaked cookies onto a baking sheet lined with parchment. Allow to sit at room temperature for 15 minutes then bake the cookies as usual.
  • Freeze baked and cooled cookies in a freezer safe container layered between sheets of parchment. Refer to my step by step tutorial on How to Freeze Cut Out Cookies. Cookies can be frozen up to 3 months. To decorate frozen cookies allow them to thaw completely before decorating. I recommend letting them sit on a counter for 3-5 hours or overnight.

WHAT ICING PAIRS NICELY WITH CHOCOLATE COOKIES?

If you plan on decorating cookies these chocolate brownie cut out cookies pair nicely with vanilla, orange, chocolate, coffee, caramel and even lemon royal icing. 

I used orange royal icing to decorate these Monarch Butterfly Cookies.

This best ever chocolate cookie dough can be also used to make sandwich cookies, filled with jam, Nutella, peanut butter filling or you can make chocolate s’mores.

MORE CUT OUT COOKIE RECIPES

Chocolate Cookie Cut Out Cookie Recipe
Hanielas.com: Hani
Ingredients
CHOCOLATE CUT OUT COOKIES
  • 2 sticks room temperature butter 1cup butter =226grams
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 140grams
  • 1 cup 200grams granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tbl vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tbl almond extract
  • 2 eggs room temperature
  • 1 tbl espresso powder
  • 2/3 cup dark baking cocoa powder 70grams
  • 3 cups all purpose flour 430grams
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
Instructions
  1. Beat butter and sugars, for about 2 minutes, until fluffy, scrape down the bowl.
  2. In a small dish bread the eggs, add extract and whisk until egg are broken up.
  3. Gradually add egg mixture into the butter mixture, beating well after each addition.
  4. Sift together cocoa powder and coffee powder.
  5. On low speed add cocoa powder mix, on low speed mix well until combined.
  6. In a large bowl sift together flour salt and baking powder.
  7. Gradually add flour mix to the butter mix, on low speed in 3 additions.
  8. Scrape out all of the cookie dough into a bowl. Knead for 30 seconds until no flour streaks are present. Dough will be soft.
Wrap into a plastic wrap and chill for 4 hours or up to overnight.
Preheat oven to 375F(190C). Roll the dough between 2 pieces of parchment paper, roll it out to 1/4 thick. Cut out cookies.
Place cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Small cookies bake in 6-7 minutes. Larger cookies take little longer.
Recipe Notes

Also I use electric oven, gas oven may act little differently and baking time may vary. Cool cookies completely. Decorate as desired.

Store in the airtight container for up to 2 weeks or freeze undecorated cookies between pieces of wax paper in a large freeze safe container, for up to 2 months. Decorate cookies as desired with royal icing or other medium that you use.

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Baked cookies stacked, one cookie on the top is broken showing texture.

This recipe was originally published on February 14th, 2014. On February 12th, 2021 I updated this post with new step by step photos, text and a video.1

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7 Comments

  1. In your sugar cookie recipe 3 cups of flour is 430 grams. In this recipes you have 3 cups of flour being 450 grams. Which one do I use?

  2. just made your chocolate cut out cookies. it was my first time branching out to a different recipe than my own basic cut out cookies so I was nervous. but I was very happy because they turned out great. i only omitted the almond extract since I didn’t have any. thanks so much, i plan on trying the oatmeal ones next!

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