Chocolate Sugar Cookies

Chocolate Sugar Cookies

I couldn’t let Valentine’s Day pass without attempting some more cookie decorating. I almost gave up on the idea, especially when I realized how busy my weekend was going to be. But once I saw the chocolate cookies decorated for Valentine’s Day on Annies-Eats, I knew I needed to try some of my own.
 Chocolate Sugar Cookies

I used the same cookie recipe as Annie, which comes from Martha Stewart. The cookies are chocolately and soft and perfect for decorating.  I used my favorite icing recipe (from Amanda at I Am Baker) and experimented with some new techniques to get the designs you see in the pictures. I still clearly need to work on piping a border on circular cookies – mine end up looking more like ovals, but I was happy with the way the hearts turned out. The process gets easier each time I do it, and it really is a lot of fun.

Mike loved the chocolatey cookies and hung around watching me decorate, waiting for me to give the ok that he could eat the decorating rejects. :)

Chocolate Sugar Cookies


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Chocolate Sugar Cookies


¾ cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup Dutch process cocoa powder
Pinch of salt
6 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
¾ cup confectioners’ sugar
1 large egg
½ tsp. vanilla extract


Whisk together the four, cocoa poweder and salt in a small bowl. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes. Blend in the egg and vanilla. With the mixer on low, add the dry ingredients and mix just until incorporated. Form the dough into a disc, wrap tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, 1-2 hours.

Preheat the oven to 325 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. On a lightly floured work surface, roll the dough out to about ¼-inch thickness. Cut out desired shapes and place on the prepared baking sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes, or until just set. Let cool on the baking sheet about 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Decorate as desired.

adapted from Martha Stewart, as seen on Annies-Eats

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25 Responses to “Chocolate Sugar Cookies”

  1. 1

    Simply Life — February 13, 2011 @ 11:32 pm

    oh those are too cute!

  2. 2

    smalltownoven — February 13, 2011 @ 11:44 pm

    I have to work on my piping skills too but I think you did a fabulous job. These look so cute!

  3. 3

    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — February 14, 2011 @ 12:51 am

    So pretty! I love the swirled hearts

  4. 4

    Xinmei @ Pudding Pie Lane — February 14, 2011 @ 3:19 am

    Oh wow, it seems we both had the same idea for Valentine's baking posts! I like your double heart shape biscuits, and your white icing hearts looks really lovely :) Your piping is certainly a lot better than mine!

  5. 5

    Eliana — February 14, 2011 @ 3:55 am

    These look soooo pretty. And of course, super delish.

  6. 6

    TJ — February 14, 2011 @ 1:16 pm

    I love the heart'ish designs! So fancy.

  7. 7

    Jenn — February 14, 2011 @ 1:28 pm

    Your cookies look lovely, Megan!

  8. 8

    Maria — February 14, 2011 @ 2:38 pm

    Super cute cookies!

  9. 9

    Tracey — February 14, 2011 @ 3:14 pm

    So cute, you did a great job! Happy Valentine's Day :)

  10. 10

    Elle — February 14, 2011 @ 3:17 pm

    Oh, chocolate sugar cookies? I can't believe I've never thought of that! Love your decorating, too. :)

  11. 11

    Bluebell — February 14, 2011 @ 7:05 pm

    Beautiful! Your decorations are gorgeous!

  12. 12

    TheLittleKitchen — February 14, 2011 @ 8:30 pm

    These cookies look so cute! And yummy!

  13. 13

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    julie — February 15, 2011 @ 12:39 am

    Well I don't know, I think you did a pretty darn good job! They look perfect. Wish I was there to eat one. Yum!

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    SnoWhite — February 15, 2011 @ 3:06 am

    Girl — do you want to give me cooking decorating lessons?!?! You are amazing :)

    Next time I'm in MI…. we'll have a date.

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    Abby — February 15, 2011 @ 7:56 pm

    I just tried out the 'heart' in the icing look on my sugar cookies this past Valentine's day! I loved that it was so easy to do! Chocolate sugar cookies sound really really good :)

  17. 17

    Juliana — February 15, 2011 @ 11:55 pm

    Megan, your cookies are so cute…absolutely perfect for V Day and anytime :-) Love the vibrant colors.

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    Alejandra Ramos — February 16, 2011 @ 6:15 pm

    You decorated these so beautifully!

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    CaSaundraLeigh — February 17, 2011 @ 1:54 pm

    I've had my eye on those chocolate sugar cookies–they look so good, I need to try them ASAP. You did an amazing job with the decorating btw! :-)

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    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — February 17, 2011 @ 7:31 pm

    These look really pretty! :)

  21. 21

    Maranda — February 17, 2011 @ 11:57 pm

    These are super cute! Great job!

  22. 22

    Jenn (Cookies Cupcakes Cardio) — February 18, 2011 @ 5:29 am

    Your cookies are so cute! What did you use for red heart onto the white round cookies? How did you get it to look so pristine! I can't tell how you decorated it from your pictures…and I think it looks awesome!

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking — February 18, 2011 @ 2:09 pm

    Jenn – I just used the glaze icing (colored red) and I think a number 2 tip for the heart. Then while it was wet I just turned it upside down and dipped it in red sprinkles. Not the most exact method, but it worked :)

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    Tammie — October 12, 2011 @ 3:12 pm

    Just found your site and LOVE it! Would you give instructions on how you did the white hearts on the red icing? I’ve tried this before but it has never turned out nearly as nice looking as yours. Thanks for your help.

    • megan replied: — October 12th, 2011 @ 10:04 pm

      Hi Tammie – it sounds more confusing when I try to write it than it actually is. Basically, while the flood icing (the red) is still wet, put dots of white (also thinned to flood icing consistency) on top. Then just drag a toothpick through the dot and it ends up looking like a heart! At least, it’s supposed to haha. Keep in mind that I always photograph the cookies that turned out the best… :) Good luck! Let me know if you try it :) I think that has an actual tutorial on it, but I can’t remember for sure.

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