Chocolate Sugar Cookies

Chocolate sugar cookies. Why didn’t these come in to my life sooner?!? They’re chocolatey and soft with a crispy edge. Basically, exactly what you expect in a great sugar cookie, but made even better with the addition of chocolate.

Chocolate Sugar Cookies

It’s good to be back here on the blog some more. Sure, I’m not back up to my 3x/week posting schedule that I was doing for months and months. But, it’s good to be back! I have gotten a few questions about whether I plan to turn this blog in to a baby blog or a baby food blog… I don’t. Obviously having a baby is going to be a life changing event, so you’ll hear me talk about the baby on here some. Keep me posted if you have thoughts or want to hear more (or less) about the little ninja.

Chocolate Sugar Cookies

Sorry for the sidebar. Back to these cookies. I know the holidays seem like FOREVER away, but I’m thinking I’ll add these to my holiday baking list. I might add a pinch of cinnamon to them when I do that… In the mean time, I’ve been enjoying these crumbled up in some homemade ice cream or with a dollop of peanut butter or cookie butter. If you’re looking for a classic crowd-pleasing cookie to bake up, be sure to give these a shot.

Chocolate Sugar Cookies

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Chocolate Sugar Cookies

Chocolate sugar cookies are chocolatey and soft with a crispy edge. Basically, exactly what you expect in a great sugar cookie, but made even better with the addition of chocolate.

Yield: 3 dozen cookies

Ingredients:

1/3 cup (2 1/3 oz) sugar
1 1/2 cups plus 2 Tbsp (8 1/8 oz) flour
3/4 cup (2 1/4 oz) unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
14 Tbsp unsalted butter, divided
1 3/4 cups packed (12 1/4 oz) dark brown sugar
1 Tbsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg plus 1 yolk

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

Add the sugar to a wide, shallow dish (a pie plate works well). In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and baking powder.

Add 10 tablespoons of the butter to a microwave-safe bowl and microwave in 20 or 30-second bursts until melted. Stir in the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter until it is completely melted. Set the butter aside for 5-10 minutes to cool until lukewarm, about 90-95 F on an instant-read thermometer.

Add the brown sugar, vanilla, and salt and whisk until incorporated.

Mix in the egg and egg yolk until well combined. Switch to a rubber spatula, and stir in the dry ingredients just until combined.

Shape the dough into balls, each ball should be about 2 tablespoons of dough. Roll the balls in the sugar you put in the shallow dish earlier, coating them on all sides.

Place on the prepared baking sheets, leaving several inches of space in between them. Use the bottom of a glass to press the balls down so each of the cookies has a diameter of about 2 inches. Sprinkle the tops of each cookie with a few pinches of the remaining granulated sugar.

Bake, one sheet at a time, until the cookies are slightly puffy and the edges are just barely set, about 12-13 minutes (the cookies may look slightly undercooked in the center, that's ok). Transfer the baking sheet to a wire rack and let the cookies cool for a few minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely. Continue baking with the remaining dough.

Recipe from Cook's Country, as seen on Tracey's Culinary Adventures

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13 Responses to “Chocolate M&M Cookies”

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    Katie — October 21, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    Jen, I totally love your blog. You always ahve the BEST treats! I LOVE the picture with all the cookies resting on the m&ms. GREAT idea! 🙂

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    Jigginjessica — October 21, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    Looks beautiful as always!

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    stephchows — October 21, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    perfect use of pink! So interesting about how the cookies reacted to the way you rolled them! Thanks for the heads up!

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    oneordinaryday — October 21, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Your cookies look great and that’s a good tip about getting them to look their best too. My kids and all their friends love these cookies. I’ve made them a few times since I first posted them and they never last long.
    thanks for the link!
    ~ Michelle

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    Chocolate Shavings — October 21, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    Those are beautiful and perfect for such a great cause

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    The Novice Chef — October 21, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    What an adorable picture! Also helps that they are for a great cause! 🙂

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    Natalie — October 21, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    M&Ms are my favorite treat and I love that during this month everything is PINK! The cookies look fantastic.

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    Kat — October 21, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    I am bummed I missed your Power of Pink contest as I was utilizing October to raise awareness around breast cancer too! I made some cookies and have a post on my site: http://katskitchenplace.blogspot.com/2009/10/october-is-breast-cancer-awareness.html
    I like the chocolate cookie base of your cookies! Thank you for sharing. Looking forward to checking back and seeing all what people make towards your challenge 🙂

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    tastestopping — October 21, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    A chocolate cookie topped with chocolate candies? What could be better? Perhaps a tall, ice cold glass of milk to go with them! They look divine. I’m wondering if you might skip the rolling and flattening by creating a wide log of dough (without M&Ms), slicing to the thickness desired, then pressing candies on top? Seems like the dough might be fairly easy to shape into a log. A quick pop into the fridge before slicing would help firm it up. Just a thought! I can’t wait to try them.

    Best,
    Casey
    http://www.tastestopping.wordpress.com

    P.S. Not sure if I’ve invited you before, but I’d love to publish any of your photos that FoodGawker and TasteSpotting decline! Thanks. 😀

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    nutmegnanny — October 23, 2009 at 3:15 am

    I love the dark chocolate and pink M&M contrast. What fantastic cookies:)

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    natalie — February 25, 2010 at 8:31 pm

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    natalie — February 25, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    I just made your recipe for these cookies yesterday and took them to church. The kids went nuts and they’ve never turned out as pretty as they did this time. Thanks for the helpful tips because my m&m cookies have never turned out prettier! 9 minutes was also perfect timing as well.

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — December 19, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    Both pretty and I’m sure delicious! I love how you showed the comparison between batches to give better suggestions for prettier cookies. The final batch are definitely the prettiest of the bunch. I love that the pink pops w/the chocolate cookie.

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