Chocolate Sugar Cookies

This holiday season is always filled with sugar cookies upon sugar cookies. So why not add some chocolate to the dough? It's time to switch it up. 

I have this Martha Stewart "Cookies" book from 2007. The pages are dirtied and marked on, with notes and tabs for my favorite recipes. I haven't, in the TEN years I've owned the book, made a recipe from it that was not good. Now that is a good book! Well, long story short, these cookies are from that book. Martha makes them giant using an ice cream scoop, but I used a regular cookie scoop for these. 

They are chewy and brownie-like, but a sugar cookie. Trust me, you'll enjoy this one. 

Hope you all are having a happy holiday season!

Chewy Chocolate Sugar Cookies

(From Martha Stewart's "Cookies" book)

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 cup good-quality unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar

  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening, substitute 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl; set aside.

  2. Put butter and sugar into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy. Mix in shortening (or additional butter). Add egg and vanilla; mix until creamy. Reduce speed to low. Gradually add flour mixture, and mix until just combined.

  3. Using a cookie scoop, drop dough onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper, spacing about 2 inches apart. Bake until edges are firm, about 16-18 minutes. But check them at 15-16 minutes to see if the edges are firm yet. Let cool on sheets on wire racks. Cookies can be stored in an airtight container up to 2 days.

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