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Easy Chocolate Sugar Cookies

Easy Chocolate Sugar Cookies

These easy chocolate sugar cookies are quick and easy to make and don’t require any chilling time! Crisp on the outside, chewy on the inside, they’re absolutely delicious!

These easy chocolate sugar cookies make the perfect sweet treat. They’re quick and easy to make, don’t require any chilling time, and taste fantastic.

chocolate sugar cookies

Typically I’m not a big sugar cookie fan. I just don’t enjoy rolling out the dough, cutting out the cookies, decorating them all, it’s such a process. Drop cookies are much more my style.

These chocolate sugar cookies are a drop cookie, rolled in sugar for a little extra crisp on the outside, and the dough doesn’t need to be chilled before baking. They’re my kind of cookie.

Crisp on the outside, chewy on the inside, these little chocolate cookies are delicious. You will love them!

easy chocolate sugar cookies

How do you know when chocolate sugar cookies are done?

It’s hard to tell exactly when chocolate sugar cookies are done baking, as the usual tell of just starting to brown on the edges is not evident with chocolate cookie dough!

For these cookies, they are done with the tops are starting to get a bit crackly.

easy chocolate sugar cookies

You don’t want to over bake them as they will be too hard, so err on the side of under done instead. That way you will still have chewy centres.

Keep in mind that cookies do keep baking for a bit after you take them from the oven, so erring on the side of under done rather than over done is best.

easy chocolate sugar cookies

Should sugar cookies be crunchy or soft?

This really depends on the sugar cookie. Sugar cookies that you roll out and decorate are typically fairly crisp. Sugar cookies like these Swig Sugar Cookies are soft and chewy.

These sugar cookies are crisp on the outside, and chewy on the inside, so you get the best of both worlds with these cookies!

easy chocolate sugar cookies

How to make Easy Chocolate Sugar Cookies:

  • Make sure not to over bake these cookies. They will not be chewy on the inside if you bake them too long.
  • These cookies are not super soft. The outsides are crisp, but the insides are chewy. So don’t expect a soft, cake-y cookie. Even though they are puffy cookies that don’t spread much, the outsides are crisp.
  • If you prefer to use salted butter instead of unsalted, decrease the added salt to 1/4 teaspoon.
  • You do not need to chill the cookie dough before baking these cookies.
  • You can freeze these cookies for up to 3 months in an airtight container.

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easy chocolate sugar cookies
Yield: 28-30 cookies

Easy Chocolate Sugar Cookies

chocolate sugar cookies

These easy chocolate sugar cookies are quick and easy to make and don't require any chilling time! The kids will love these cookies!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Granulated sugar for rolling cooking


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. In a stand mixer with the cookie paddles attached, or a large bowl with an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until well combined.
  4. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and mix until well combined.
  6. Roll the dough into 1.5 tablespoon sized balls, roll the cookie dough balls in granulated sugar, and place them 2” apart on a baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the cookies start to look crackly on top.
  8. Let them cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then remove them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  9. Store the cookies in an airtight container for 3-5 days, or freeze them for up to 3 months.


I use Dutch process cocoa powder for this recipe. I haven't tried it with natural cocoa powder.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 128Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 68mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 1gSugar: 9gProtein: 1g

Nutrition Information is estimated based on ingredients used and may not be exact.

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