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Soft Chocolate Sugar Cookies Recipe

Rich and soft chocolate sugar cookies made with a secret ingredient! If you love chocolate, these decadent cookies are for you!
Prep Time1 hr 15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time1 hr 25 mins
Course: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24 cookies
Calories: 180kcal


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp expresso powder
  • 2 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup +2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar for rolling


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer (or a large mixing bowl with a hand mixer), beat the butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes.
  • Add in eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add vanilla and espresso powder, mix until combined.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the cocoa powder, flour, baking soda, and salt. With mixing speed on low, gradually add the dry ingredients. Mix until a soft dough forms.
  • Cover the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Refrigerate dough for one hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mats, set aside.
  • Using a standard size cookie scoop (#40 or 1.5 tablespoons), scoop dough and roll in the granulated sugar, if desired. Place on prepared sheet, then bake for 8-10 minutes. The cookies should be soft in the center but set on the edges.
  • Remove from the oven and allow the cookies to cool on the sheets for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 180kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 136mg | Potassium: 70mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 259IU | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg