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Dark Chocolate Cut Out Cookies

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These chocolate cookies have a deep dark color, great chocolate flavor and are perfect for rolling out and cutting into shapes. Your decorated cookie game just went to the next level!

black chocolate sheep cookie with fluffy white royal icing wool

    Cut out cookies are always fun to bake and decorate for
parties and holidays. Those cookies don’t have to be limited to sugar
cookies though. 

These rich chocolate cookies are made with dark cocoa powder to make them taste great and give them that deep dark color. They really make a stunning addition to your dessert table and they are sure to be a hit with everyone you share them with.  Luckily the dough is quick to whip up and easy to work with, so this recipe will quickly become a new favorite.

    Little Dude and I love decorating cookies together.  We always make a day of it during the holiday season and usually find an excuse to break out the royal icing and supplies at least one or two more times throughout the year. 

dark deep dark chocolate cookie dough in mixer bowl with paddle.

    This year we were lucky enough to have the whole week off for
Christmas, so we had plenty of time to bake and decorate together.  We whipped up a batch of our favorite sugar cookies, but knew we wanted to do at least one more flavor of cookie while we were
at it.

    If you are going to bake and decorate, you might as well go
all out! In the past we have done batches of peanut butter cut out cookies or gingerbread cookies as both are delicious and fun to decorate. 

    But it is always fun to try something new, so we thought chocolate would be fun this year.  Luckily I had just picked up some black cocoa powder at a local specialty grocery store and I knew that would make super fun cookies. 

batch of chocolate cookie dough and sugar cookie dough each wrapped in plastic wrap and chilled.

    It really gave the cookies a great chocolate flavor and a pretty dark black color.  A dutched or dark chocolate cocoa powder would also give it a nice deep dark color. 

    If you don’t have either, don’t despair. Regular baking cocoa powder would work as well, the color just won’t be quite as dark.

    We love the texture of our sugar cookies so much and the dough is really easy to work with, so I started with that recipe as a base and adjusted it to include the cocoa powder. It worked out well and the texture of the dough was perfect.

    Once you get it chilled it isn’t too hard to roll, but it also isn’t overly sticky. It’s just right!

black cookies cut into fun shapes on sheet pan.

Tips for perfect chocolate cut out cookies:

    Don’t skip the chill time. That makes the dough so much easier to work with.

    We like to make the dough a day in advance and roll and bake them the following day to spread out the work and give the dough plenty of time to chill.  You can make the dough several days in advance if you’d like, that would really give the flavors time to develop.

black chocolate cut out cookies cooling on wire rack.

    We used a mixture of flour and cocoa powder to dust our countertop and rolling pin to cut down on the white dust on the cookies.  You can use all of one or the other if you prefer.

    Cut the dough into quarters and put the remaining dough back into the refrigerator while you work with one piece. Roll the dough out as evenly as possible and cut the cookies as close together as possible.

dark chocolate cookies cut into Christmas shapes and decorated with royal icing.

    The fewer times you rework the dough and roll it back out, the more tender your cookies will be. So making the most out of each sheet of dough not only saves work but makes better treats in the end.

    Cool your cookies on the baking tray for four to five minutes before moving them to a wire rack to cool completely.  Once cooled you can stack them to freeze for later or decorate them as desired.

black chocolate bee cookie with yellow icing stripes and white icing wings.

    If you want to try different flavors of tasty cookies, be sure to check out the collection of our favorite cut out cookies.  There are tons of different varieties to make alongside your sugar cookies. 

Yield: 60 Servings

Dark Chocolate Cut Out Cookies

dark chocolate cookies in the shape of sheet with white royal icing fleece on top.

These chocolate cookies have a deep dark color, great chocolate flavor and are perfect for rolling out and cutting into shapes. Your decorated cookie game just went to the next level!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups butter, softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1.5 teaspoons vanilla extract*
  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup dark cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Add eggs and vanilla, mixing until completely incorporated.
  3. Stir in flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt until just incorporated.
  4. Form into a disk and wrap tightly in plastic wrap.  Chill for at least one hour but up to several days.
  5. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 400°F.
  6. Cut dough into quarters and work with one part at a time. Return remaining dough to refrigerator until ready to use.
  7. Dust your surface with flour, cocoa powder or a mix of the two. Roll dough to about 1/4 inch thick. Cut into shapes and place on baking pan.
  8. Bake 6-8 minutes. Cool on pan for 4-5 minutes then move to wire rack to cool completely.
  9. Cookies should be stored in airtight container on the counter for up to a week or in the freezer for up to 3 months. 

Notes

*A mix of 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and 1/2 teaspoon almond extract is also really good. You could experiment with 1/4-1/2 teaspoon of peppermint extract as well for a chocolate peppermint cookie.

We used black cocoa to get these super dark cookies. You can use regular cocoa powder for great tasting cookies, the color just won't be as dark.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

60

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 107Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 93mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 1gSugar: 7gProtein: 2g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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These chocolate cookies have a deep dark color, great chocolate flavor and are perfect for rolling out and cutting into shapes. Your decorated cookie game just went to the next level!

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Andrea Nine

Monday 4th of January 2021

I just love these! I never would’ve thought about making a dark chocolate version but look how amazing they are! I really want to try these! Happy new year my friend!

Carlee

Saturday 9th of January 2021

Thank you so much. They are really tasty and super fun to decorate too.

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