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overhead view of chocolate sugar cookie with pink frosting and sprinkles

Chocolate Sugar Cookies

  • Author: Deborah Harroun
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 24 cookies 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American


Rich chocolate cookies are topped with a creamy buttercream frosting for the perfect Chocolate Sugar Cookies. Perfect for Valentine’s Day, or any day for that matter!




  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 1/24 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/22 cups powdered sugar
  • 12 tablespoons milk
  • food coloring, (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat liner. (Or lightly grease the baking sheet.)
  2. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter until it is smooth. Add the sugar, vegetable oil, sour cream, egg yolks, and vanilla extract. Mix until combined.
  3. In another bowl, mix together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt until completely combined. Add the dry ingredients all at once to the wet ingredients and mix just until combined.
  4. Using a 3 tablespoon scoop, scoop the dough onto the baking sheet, leaving at least 2 inches between each cookie.
  5. Bake the cookies for 5 minutes. With a flat spatula, press the cookies down slightly to make them about 1/2” thick. Return to the oven and bake for an additional 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then remove to a sheet of waxed paper to cool completely.
  6. To make the frosting, beat the butter until light and fluffy. Beat in the vanilla and salt. Start adding in the powdered sugar, 1/2 cup at a time. Add the milk as needed to make the frosting a spreadable consistency. If desired, add in some red food coloring to make the frosting pink.
  7. Frost the cookies with an offset spatula and top with sprinkles, if desired. Store in an airtight container.

Recipe Notes:

Nutrition information provided as an estimate only. Various brands and products can change the counts. Any nutritional information should be used as a general guide.


  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 327
  • Sugar: 22 g
  • Sodium: 122 mg
  • Fat: 20 g
  • Saturated Fat: 9 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 10 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 37 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 3 g
  • Cholesterol: 46 mg

Keywords: chocolate sugar cookies