These easy Chocolate Cut Out Sugar Cookies hold their shape and have great chocolatey, buttery flavor that is perfect with either royal icing or a regular buttercream frosting. Great for Halloween, Valentine’s Day, or anytime!
Chocolate Cut Out Sugar Cookies are perfect for any holiday because all you need are some cookie cutters, frosting and sprinkles or candy and you have a fun, festive, holiday-themed treat! The centers stay soft and tender, the edges get just barely crisp, and the cookies don’t lose their shape as they bake.
I’m super excited to be participating in #Choctoberfest this year! I saw some blogging friends sharing chocolate posts in October last year and knew that it was something I wanted to join in this Fall for the third annual celebration of all things chocolate, made possible thanks to our gold sponsor, Imperial Sugar, and the other sponsors listed blow. I’ve got some great recipes to share with you this week featuring chocolate, and there are links at the bottom of this post to the other recipes posted by my fellow bloggers who are also participating in #Choctoberfest and their decadent chocolate desserts!
70+ bloggers are participating in #Choctoberfest 2017 and between us, we have over 200 chocolate recipes planned to share over the next week. Use the #Choctoberfest hashtag on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook to follow along, or visit any of the participating blogs listed blow. You can also check out our #Choctoberfest Pinterest board, where we post chocolate recipes all year long.
There is also a #Choctoberfest prize pack for one lucky winner! Thank to our amazing sponsors who are contributing the following items for the prize:
- $100 gift card to Williams Sonoma or Sur La Table from our gold sponsor Imperial Sugar
- 1 case of granulated white sugar (40 pounds), 1 case of light brown sugar (24 pounds), 1 case of dark brown sugar (24 pounds), and 1 case of powdered sugar (24 pounds) from our gold sponsor Imperial Sugar (That’s basically a year’s supply of sugar, people!)
- 16 oz Barlean’s Butter-Flavored Coconut Oil, 9.52 oz canister of Chocolate Silk Greens, and 8oz bottle of Essential Women Omega-Swirl Chocolate Mint from our silver sponsor Barlean’s
- 300-piece Lindt LINDOR Truffles gift bag (you choose the flavors!) from blog sponsors The PinterTest Kitchen
This prize pack is valued at over $450! To enter, simply follow participating sponsors and bloggers using the below giveaway widget.
Stay tuned to see the delicious recipes bloggers have cooked up using Imperial Sugar and Barlean’s products. Thank you also to Davis Chocolate and Rodelle for being #Choctoberfest shoutout sponsors! Watch Instagram and Facebook to find out more about their chocolate products.
Here is a complete list of all the bloggers participating in #Choctoberfest 2017, so you can see the recipes they are posting throughout the week:
The PinterTest Kitchen ♥ Fix Me a Little Lunch ♥ Savory Moments ♥ Crumbs in my Mustachio ♥ House of Nash Eats ♥ Bake It With Love ♥ That Recipe ♥ Hardly A Goddess ♥ Cooking With Carlee ♥ A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures ♥ Body Rebooted ♥ Cindy’s Recipes and Writings ♥ The Redhead Baker ♥ Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice ♥ Sweet Coralice ♥ Seduction in The Kitchen ♥ Cooks&Books&Recipes ♥ Everyday Eileen ♥ Under My Apple Tree ♥ Family Around The Table ♥ Bottom Left of the Mitten ♥ The Spiffy Cookie ♥ Fairyburger ♥ Join Us, Pull up a Chair ♥ Jonesin’ For Taste ♥ Jane’s Adventures in Dinner ♥ Take Two Tapas ♥ Jennifer Bakes ♥ The Unlikely Baker ♥ Hostess At Heart ♥ Karen’s Kitchen Stories ♥ Kate’s Recipe Box ♥ Kelly Lynns Sweets and Treats ♥ Wildflour’s Cottage Kitchen ♥ Chocolate Slopes ♥ Little House Big Alaska ♥ Makes, Bakes and Decor ♥ 2 Cookin Mamas ♥ That Skinny Chick Can Bake ♥ Books n’ Cooks ♥ Mildly Meandering ♥ Living Ideas ♥ Restless Chipotle ♥ Get the Good Stuff! ♥ The Weekday Gourmet ♥ An Affair from the Heart ♥ West Via Midwest ♥ Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt ♥ The Bitter Side of Sweet ♥ Cookaholic Wife ♥ Daily Dish Recipes ♥ For the Love of Food ♥ The Saucy Southerner ♥ Cook’s Hideout ♥ By the Pounds ♥ Tramplingrose: Cooking, Baking & Ranting in Small-Town South Dakota ♥ Sarah Cooks the Books ♥ Chef Sarah Elizabeth ♥ Fantastical Sharing of Recipes ♥ Sarah’s Bake Studio ♥ The Pajama Chef ♥ Frankly Entertaining ♥ Long Distance Baking ♥ Palatable Pastime ♥ The Freshman Cook ♥ The Food Hunter’s Guide to Cuisine ♥ A Day in the Life on the Farm ♥ Wendy Polisi ♥ Tampa Cake Girl ♥ My Southern Sweet Tooth ♥ Canning and Cooking at Home ♥ Full Belly Sisters ♥ SuperSizeGuy.com ♥ Our Good Life ♥ The Life Jolie ♥
Chocolate Cut Out Sugar Cookies
These cookies though…
Really, I was going to save these chocolate cut out sugar cookies and post them during December when everybody goes crazy for cookies. But the more I thought about it, the more I decided, “why wait?!” These were just too good to hold off on posting anyway. And their dark brown color with white frosting and candy corn for super simple decorating are just too perfect for Halloween anyway.
One of these days, I’m going to buckle down and learn how to really decorate with royal icing (I’ve made it in the past and use it in these gingerbread cookies), but my ability to pipe fancy designs is basically non-existent. Hence, a basic buttercream frosting and Halloween candy decorating the cookies in this post. Although if I’m being completely honest, I totally love eating chocolate cut out sugar cookies straight up with zero icing whatsoever, they are that good on their own!
And even though I mentioned it above, I wanted to give a special thanks to Imperial Sugar for being a Gold Sponsor of this year’s #Choctoberfest! I love that Imperial Sugar has been at the heart of many family traditions and celebrations since 1843 and that they encourage making lifelong memories when you bake with love and Imperial Sugar. And that prize of 88 POUNDS of sugar? Friends, that’s no joke. As a #Choctoberfest participant, I was sent that amount of sugar and it was basically like Christmas morning here.
It’s good stuff.
Want to see some other great chocolate desserts I have posted about in the past? Check these out!
These Easy Chocolate Cut Out Sugar Cookies hold their shape and have great chocolatey, buttery flavor that is perfect with either royal icing or a regular buttercream frosting. Great for Halloween, Valentine's Day, or anytime!
- 3/4 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar (I used Imperial brand sugar)
- 1 large egg, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter on medium speed using the paddle attachment for 1 minute until creamy and smooth. Add the sugar and beat for 2 to 3 minutes, until light and fluffy.
Beat in the egg and vanilla on high speed, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt, then add to the wet ingredients and mix together on low speed until combined.
Divide the dough in half and shape into discs. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 2 days.
When ready to bake, heat the oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and take the cookie dough out of the fridge to sit on the counter for 10 minutes before rolling.
Working with one disc of dough at a time, roll out between two sheets of parchment paper to between 1/4" and 3/8" thickness, then cut out with cookie cutters and place on the parchment lined baking sheets.
Bake for 10 minutes, rotating halfway through bake time. The cookies will still look soft, but do not overbake. Cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.
Cool completely before frosting and decorating.
Adapted from Sally's Baking Addiction.
Here are all of the other posts shared today by the other #Choctoberfest bloggers!
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