Chocolate chip sugar cookies

October 7, 2023 Last updated: October 12, 2023
Chocolate chip sugar cookies

Chocolate chip cookies are not only a delicious twist on the classic cut out sugar cookie, but they can also be beautifully decorated or filled. I’m going to tell you all about them today.

Cut out sugar cookies with chocolate chips

Making chocolate chip cookies is very easy. I combined the basic recipe for vanilla sugar cookies with chocolate chips. It’s that easy! To be honest, several batches went into the oven until I got the right ratio. Of course, you want to taste just the right amount of chocolate in your cookies.

So what do these chocolate chip sugar cookies taste like? Kind of like very crunchy chocolate chip cookies, actually. Delicious! Of course, an official chocolate chip cookie is supposed to be soft and a little crunchy around the edges. If this is what you are after, then you should definitely start with my chocolate chip cookie recipe, and save these chocolate chip sugar cookies for later.

Chocolate chips or finely chopped chocolate?

You can choose to mix mini chocolate chips into your cookie dough, but I found it worked just as well to use a bar of chocolate and chop it finely. The pieces of chocolate in your cookies will be different sizes, but I didn’t find that to be a problem.

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Cookie cutters for cut out cookies

The great thing about baking sugar cookies is that they hold their shape in the oven. The dough is perfect for using a cookie cutter to cut into all sorts of pretty shapes and baking the cookies on a baking sheet.

For this recipe, I used a relatively small heart-shaped cookie cutter. But pick a shape (or several!) that you like, and keep in mind that it’s helpful to bake cookies of the same size on each baking sheet. That way, the cookies will bake and brown evenly.

My cookie cutter collection is already huge, but you can find lots of cute sugar cookie cutters here. Personally, I love having the 12-piece round cookie cutter set around the house. They come in handy for many recipes.

Decorating sugar cookies with chocolate chips

Because sugar cookies hold their shape so well, they are great for decorating with a glaze or royal icing after baking.

Another fun idea is to melt chocolate and put it in a piping bag. Then decorate the cookies with it. The taste is perfect, too.

chocolate chip sugar cookies ingredients

sugar cookies with chocolate chips

Frequently asked questions about chocolate chip sugar cookies

How will I know when the cookies are done?

Cookies come out of the oven soft and get firmer as they cool. So you cannot “feel” when they are done. The best way to bake cookies is to use your eyes and trust the recipe. When your cookies have golden brown edges, they are done.

Do you use milk chocolate or dark chocolate?

I used dark chocolate, but you can also use milk chocolate.

Can I prepare the cookie dough?

You absolutely can! You can store cookie dough for a long time, especially in the freezer. Packaged in an airtight container, cookie dough will keep for up to a week in the refrigerator and up to three months in the freezer.

Can I bake cut out sugar cookies without chocolate?

You certainly can. If you omit the chocolate from this recipe, you will be making classic cut-out sugar cookies. There are many more flavors, I will share them with you soon!

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Chocolate chip sugar cookies recipe

Chocolate chip cookies hold their shape during baking and are extra delicious with chocolate chips mixed into the dough.
Servings: 30 servings


  • 150 grams white soft sugar
  • 50 grams vanilla sugar
  • 200 grams unsalted butter
  • 1 egg
  • 400 grams all purpose flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 150 grams mini chocolate chips or finely chopped chocolate


  • Cream together the sugar, vanilla sugar, and butter. Add the egg and beat until incorporated.
  • Add the flour and salt and knead to a firm dough. Knead in the chocolate pieces at the last minute. I used dark chocolate and chopped it finely.
  • Wrap the dough in foil and place it in the refrigerator to rest for at least an hour.
  • On a floured work surface, roll out the dough to about 0,5 cm thick. Do not use too much flour, as the recipe already contains a lot of flour, or the cookies will taste too "floury".
  • Cut out cookies with a cookie cutter of your choice. Place the cookies on a baking sheet and bake at 180 °C/350 ℉ for about 10-12 minutes (conventional). Small cookies will bake a little shorter, so it is best to bake cookies of the same size per baking sheet.
  • When the edges of the cookies start to turn golden brown, remove them from the oven. The cookies will still be a little soft when they come out of the oven, so let them cool a bit before placing them on a wire rack.
  • When the cookies are completely cooled you can decorate them (only if you want to, of course).
How to store

Undecorated cookies are best stored in a sealed container, where they will keep for up to 4 to 6 weeks.

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