Chocolate Sugar Cookies with Creamy Buttercream Icing

LAST UPDATED: May 04, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Jan 16, 2017 | By: Julie Blanner

These chocolate sugar cookies are so easy and quick to make and you can make a huge batch in less than 15 minutes! Perfect for cookie exchanges and holidays, they are deliciously sweet and topped with the best buttercream icing.

chocolate sugar cookies with buttercream icing on a baking sheet

Too much time at home is a dangerous thing. It gives you time to think, create and bake. Honestly, I shouldn’t be trusted. There’s something therapeutic about baking. In a short period of time you feel a sense of accomplishment and delicious satisfaction. 

Last week I had an idea – what if I added cocoa powder to my melt in your mouth sugar cookie dough to make chocolate sugar cookies? It was a risk, because I don’t like to waste cookie dough, but it was one that paid off! I made chocolate sugar cookies and iced them with my creamy buttercream icing for all of you chocolate lovers. You can even bake this dough into a sugar cookie cake if you’d like.

To Make These Chocolate Sugar Cookies, You Will Need:

  • Butter and vegetable oil
  • Sugar and powdered sugar: Also known as confectioner’s sugar.
  • Vanilla extract: Pure is preferable over imitation.
  • Eggs: Free run / organic.
  • Flour and salt
  • Cream of tartar, cocoa powder, baking soda

How to Make Chocolate Sugar Cookies

  1. Combine butter, oil, sugars & vanilla until smooth. Blend in eggs.
  2. Add flour, salt, cream of tarter, cocoa & baking soda until blended in.
  3. Refrigerate dough 1+ hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  5. Roll dough into large golf ball sized balls. {6/cookie sheet}
  6. Bake 8-9 minutes watching carefully as to not over bake.
  7. Allow to cool on cookie sheet & thoroughly before icing.

A cookie with pink icing

Chocolate Sugar Cookies Make Great Gifts

Cookies are a known stress reliever in our house. One bite in and I immediately feel at peace. I liken it to sipping a glass of wine. Fortunately I had a share plan in mind for these chocolate sugar cookies because we all know I don’t need a few dozen of them at my fingertips! We’re excited to welcome new neighbors and there’s really no better way, right? 

These are great to take to cookie exchanges over the holidays and to give as gifts to friends and family. You can of course save them all for yourself too!

Cookies on a baking sheet

The Best Buttercream Icing Recipe

This buttercream recipe that I used is my go too. It’s perfectly creamy and light, and works so well with these delicious chocolate sugar cookies. I chose to add red food coloring to this batch, isn’t the pink and chocolate combination pretty for Valentine’s Day or Christmas? You can of course use any color you like!

You can add 1-2 drops of coloring to the buttercream and spread it on the cookie, or warm it 30 seconds and pour it on the center of your cookie to create a smooth, pretty pool of icing. Either way, you can’t lose!

The Best Ever Sugar Cookie Recipe

I can’t tell you how tasty these chocolate sugar cookies are! They have just the right amount of crunch to them but remain soft in the center. I love topping them with the buttercream, but you can totally leave them un-iced. They are perfectly chocolatey and they simply melt in your mouth.

Close up of a chocolate sugar cookie

Iced chocolate sugar cookies

Top Tips To Make Chocolate Sugar Cookies

  • Get the buttercream recipe here.
  • Refrigerate the cookie dough for at least an hour before baking.
  • Bake the cookies on a cookie sheet or on a parchment lined tin.
  • Let the cookies cool before icing them

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chocolate sugar cookie recipe with buttercream icing

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chocolate lovers will love these chocolate sugar cookies

Chocolate Sugar Cookies

Julie Blanner
Delicous and easy to make chocolate sugar cookies
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 13 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 36
Calories 149 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 ½ cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

Instructions
 

  • Combine butter, oil, sugars & vanilla until smooth. Blend in eggs.
  • Add flour, salt, cream of tarter, cocoa & baking soda until blended in.
  • Refrigerate dough 1+ hours.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Roll dough into large golf ball sized balls. {6/cookie sheet}
  • Bake 8-9 minutes watching carefully as to not over bake.
  • Allow to cool on cookie sheet & thoroughly before icing.

Notes

  • Get the buttercream recipe here.
  • Refrigerate the cookie dough for at least an hour before baking.
  • Bake the cookies on a cookie sheet or on a parchment lined tin.
  • Let the cookies cool before icing them

Nutrition

Calories:149kcalCarbohydrates:22gProtein:2gFat:6gSaturated Fat:4gCholesterol:23mgSodium:112mgPotassium:54mgFiber:1gSugar:9gVitamin A:171IUCalcium:7mgIron:1mg
Keywords chocolate sugar cookie recipe, easy sugar cookies, iced sugar cookies
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