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Chocolate Sugar Cookies

These chocolate sugar cookies aren’t the prettiest to look at, but they are rich, fudgy with a great chocolate flavor.

photo of a stack of Chocolate Sugar Cookies on a plate

When I first saw the recipe for these chocolate sugar cookies, I thought they looked amazing, but then I realized they are a Martha Stewart recipe and I was a little worried about making them. I’ve struggled with her recipes and they never seem to turn out right. Maybe it’s my baking skills, I don’t know, but I wasn’t sure I wanted to try another of her recipes.

But the cookies looked and sounded so good. I like regular sugar cookies and I imagined chocolate ones would be even better. So, I thought I’d give them a try.


  • All-purpose flour
  • Unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Softened unsalted butter
  • Sugar
  • Melted butter (or shortening)
  • Egg
  • Pure vanilla extract

close-up photo of cookies on a plate

How to Make Them

Whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt together in a bowl. Cream the softened butter with the sugar until light and fluffy.

Add the melted butter (or shortening), egg and vanilla and mix until combined. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and mix until just combined.

Place golf ball-sized dough balls on a baking sheet and space them 2” apart. Bake the cookies for about 10 minutes and cool them on a baking rack.

Notes about this Recipe

  • I made a batch of big cookies, as instructed in the original recipe, but the large cookies flattened a lot and were really thin. Plus, they burned around the edges.
  • So, for the rest of the cookies, I made them smaller and reduced the bake time significantly, which I have indicated in the recipe card.
  • The smaller cookies were better, but they didn’t bake up into nice shapes. They were a little deformed looking.
  • The cookies did taste really good – very chocolatey and fudgy. Boyfriend loved them and didn’t care that they were deformed. I like my cookies to look pretty, so even though they tasted great I didn’t love how they looked.

I care about how things look as much as I care about how they taste, so I’m not sure I would make these again. Some people may not care as much about how the cookies look because they do taste good.

More Cookie Recipes

Chocolate Sugar Cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
These chocolate cookies are very fudgy and easy to make.


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp 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 (I used butter)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl; set aside.
  • 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.
  • Drop golf ball sized dough onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper, spacing about 2 inches apart. Bake until edges are firm, about 10 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks.


Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

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2 comments on “Chocolate Sugar Cookies”

  1. Glad I’m not the only one with these experiences. I have had some great success with some of her recipes recently though, so I’m no longer as annoyed.

  2. you’re not the only one. she needs better editors (particularly on her website). filled w/errors. but i’ve seen some good things come from her recent cupcake & cookie books.