Chocolate Sugar Cookies

These Chocolate Sugar Cookies are richly chocolatey with cocoa and sea salt. Perfect for rolling and cutting into holiday shapes to decorate.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 36 minutes
Servings 36
Author Jennifer Pallian


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  2. Add butter and sugar to bowl of standing mixer. Beat on medium-high speed until very light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Scrape down sides of bowl then beat in eggs, one at a time, then vanilla. With mixer speed on low, slowly add the flour mixture, then increase speed and beat until combined. Cover bowl and refrigerate 1 hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Roll dough between sheets of parchment paper to 1/4" thickness. Cut out desired shapes with cookie cutters and transfer to parchment-lined baking sheets, leaving 2" space between cookies. Bake 6-8 minutes, until slightly puffed and starting to crackle at edges. Tops should look slightly dry, but cookies should still be soft and slightly underbaked. Let cool 5 minutes on baking sheets then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.