Cut-Out Chocolate Sugar Cookies

This recipe for decorated cut-out Chocolate Sugar Cookies is really easy, and the cookies are soft and delicious! No chill-time involved (yay!), no spreading (double yay!), and this is a great recipe to keep in your back pocket for the holidays.

I’m going to show you how to make Halloween Skeleton Cookies in this post, but you could also use this recipe for your Christmas cookie plates. You can find my go-to vanilla sugar cookies (no chill, no spread) right here.

Cut-out Chocolate Sugar Cookies

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Ingredients

  • 1¾ cup all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder 
  • ½ cup (1 stick) cold butter, cubed
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 egg, cold
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2-3 tablespoons of milk

Cut-out Chocolate Sugar Cookies

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375ºF.
  2. Beat together the butter and sugar until creamy, scraping down the sides as needed.
  3. Mix in the oil and the egg.
  4. Add the flour, cornstarch, cocoa powder, vanilla, and salt. 
  5. Mix on medium until dough forms. It may take several minutes for the mixture to go from crumbles to large pieces of dough that stick together. If it takes longer than 5 minutes, add 1 tablespoon of milk at a time until stiff dough forms.

Cut-out Chocolate Sugar Cookies

6. Wrap the dough in plastic (or place it in a gallon size zip bag), and use that to press the dough into a disc.
7. Remove the dough and gently roll it out to about ¼-inch thick. 
8. Use a cookie cutter to cut shapes.
9. Transfer the shapes to an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes.
10. Let cool completely before icing.

How to Make Chocolate Cut-Out Sugar Cookies

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Cut-out Chocolate Sugar Cookies

Cut-out Chocolate Sugar Cookies

Cut-Out Chocolate Sugar Cookies

Yield: approximately 12

This recipe for decorated cut-out Chocolate Sugar Cookies is really easy, and the cookies are soft and delicious!

Ingredients

  • 1¾ cup all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder 
  • ½ cup (1 stick) cold butter, cubed
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 egg, cold
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2-3 tablespoons of milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375ºF.
  2. Beat together the butter and sugar until creamy, scraping down the sides as needed.
  3. Mix in the oil and the egg.
  4. Add the flour, cornstarch, cocoa powder, vanilla, and salt. 
  5. Mix on medium until dough forms. It may take several minutes for the mixture to go from crumbles to large pieces of dough that stick together. If it takes longer than 5 minutes, add 1 tablespoon of milk at a time until stiff dough forms.
  6. Wrap the dough in plastic (or place it in a gallon size zip bag), and use that to press the dough into a disc.
  7. Remove the dough and gently roll it out to about ¼-inch thick. 
  8. Use a cookie cutter to cut shapes.
  9. Transfer the shapes to an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes.
  10. Let cool completely before icing.

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Cut-out Chocolate Sugar Cookies

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