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Halloween Chocolate Sugar Cookies are classic soft cut out sugar cookies made with cocoa powder and decorated with easy sugar icing!
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5 from 13 votes

Halloween Chocolate Sugar Cookies

Halloween Chocolate Sugar Cookies are classic soft cut out sugar cookies made with cocoa powder and decorated with easy sugar icing!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16 cookies
Calories: 313kcal

Ingredients

Ingredients for Chocolate Sugar Cookies:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Ingredients for Icing:

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-3 teaspoons milk
  • food coloring

Instructions

How to make Chocolate Sugar Cookies.

  • In a stand mixer, using a paddle attachment, beat butter with sugar on high speed for about 5 minutes until the mixture is fluffy and pale in color.
  • Add an egg (room temperature) and vanilla extract and beat again until well combined.
  • Scrap the sides and the bottom of the mixing bowl with a spatula to make sure everything is well mixed.
  • Mix flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt together in a separate bowl, then add to the wet ingredients in two steps. Mix in between on low speed until all combined but try not to overmix.
  • Slightly knead the dough with hands, making a ball/disk shape, and wrap it in the plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours or overnight.
  • When ready to bake, take the dough out from refrigerator and let it sit on the counter for 10 minutes.
  • To roll out the dough, put the dough between two sheets of parchment paper, then roll over the parchment paper. The paper will keep the dough smooth and will not stick.
  • After you cut out the cookies and put them on the baking sheet, put the sheet with the cookies back in the fridge for 10 minutes to chill. Chilled dough will help your cookies to keep their shape.
  • Bake cookies for about 9-10 minutes at 350°F. When you take them out of the oven, let them sit on the baking sheet for about 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack.

How to make icing for Sugar Cookies.

  • Mix powdered sugar and vanilla extract together, then gradually add some milk until you get the right consistency.
  • Divide the icing in three different bowls and add food coloring.
  • Transfer the colored icing to the piping bags to decorate the cookies.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 313kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 70mg | Potassium: 51mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 369IU | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg