Dark Chocolate Sugar Cookie Recipe

Dark Chocolate Sugar Cookie Recipe for The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap

You better believe it. It’s finally here the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap. I have been looking forward to this since early this summer.  The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap is one of my favorite events all year. Not only do I get to share with you this new yummy dark chocolate sugar cookie recipe, but I also get to  try other amazing bloggers cookies. The best part is that as a group we raised over $13,000 dollars for Cookies for Kids Cancer. Now that is what I call a win-win situation.  Originally I was going to do a drop cookie until I saw one of my recipient’s names. I then knew I needed to do decorated cookies. Rachel, from My Disorganized Life, has always wanted to try my cookies. I now had the perfect opportunity to make her some.  Now all I had to do was come up with a new chocolate sugar cookie recipe. I know that a lot of sugar cookies are made with powdered sugar, but could I actually live on the edge with powdered sugar? I decided to forge into the unknown, and give this a shot for my chocolate sugar cookie recipe.  I have to say I believe in the powdered magic.

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Not only did the food blogging community join in the baking fun, but some great brands supported our efforts along the way. Thank you so much,  OXO, Gold Medal Flour, Dixie Crystals and Grandma’s Molasses.  Take a shout out and say “THANK YOU” for partnering with us and supporting a great cause, Cookies for Kid’s Cancer.

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Dark Chocolate Sugar Cookie Recipe {Printable Recipe}


  • 2 cups unbleached cake flour {I love King Arthur’s}
  • 2 cups unbleached AP flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 ¾ cups dutch processed cocoa
  • 2 cups unsalted butter {4 sticks}
  • 1 Starbucks Christmas blend Via {Optional}
  • 2 ¾ cups confection sugar
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 2 eggs {room temp}
  • 1 tbsp.  vanilla bean paste
  • ¼ cup buttermilk


  1. Measure out flour, baking powder, cocoa, and salt all together in a bowl. Use a whisk to combine all the dry ingredients together.
  2. In a bowl with a stand mixer, combine the butter, sugar and Christmas blend Starbucks Via packet. Starbucks Via’s are available in packets of 12 at Starbucks and certain grocery stores. Just open one packet and empty it into the bowl. Start the mixer on low, when it begins to come together beat on medium speed until light and fluffy (2 to 3 minutes)
  3. Add eggs one at a time. Scrape down the bowl after each addition.
  4. Add vanilla bean paste.
  5. Turn the mixer to low-speed. Add half of the dry ingredients to the mixture. Add half of the milk. After the first half has been combined add in the remaining dry ingredients and buttermilk.
  6. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap or roll out into sheets to chill. See blog tutorial for rolling out sheets ahead of time. https://thebakedequation.com/rolling-cookie-dough/
  7. Roll out dough  about ¼ inch thick on a lightly dusted surface. Cut the dough into desired shapes.
  8. Chill the cutout shapes in the freezer for about 10 minutes.
  9. Bake at 375 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes.
  10. All cookies to completely cool before decorating. When the cookies first come out of the oven they are really soft. They will become firm when they are cooled.
  11. Either leave them plain or decorate with your favorite royal icing recipe. We added a few drops of peppermint extract to our royal icing for these cookies.  If you need a great royal icing recipe check out these following links:  Sweetopia Royal Icing, Sugarbelle’s Royal Icing or Alton Brown’s Royal icing.

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One of my favorite parts of the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap is meeting new bloggers.  This year I was paired with three new bloggers.  Let me tell you there blogs are awesome. I have had so much fun looking through their different social media sites.

I got to send cookies to:

I received yummy cookies from some talented ladies.

  • Becky from So Very Blessed made the most amazing cranberry orange cookies. I wanted to go out to the garage and keep these little treasures all to myself. You will definitely want to pop over to the blog to grab this recipe.
  • Emily from Sweet Bella Roos made us yummy peanut butter M&M cookies. My son decided to kidnap this cookie box. It reappeared with a few crumbs to share with the rest of the family. But he wanted to make sure that y’all know these are awesome cookies.
  • Jennifer from My Sweet Sanity made these amazing white chocolate passion fruit meltaways. My husband made off with this box to my chagrin. He LOVES all things white chocolate. He was nice enough to share a few. Can’t wait to add this recipe to my cookie repertoire.

I hope you give your dark chocolate sugar cookie recipe a try. If you do, you will have to pop back and tell us what you think. Enjoy.

8 comments on “Dark Chocolate Sugar Cookie Recipe

  1. Barb Jourdain says:

    I do not understand the 1 Starbucks Christmas bBend Via. Do I go to starbucks and order 1 cup of the Christmas blend via and what size cup. I live real close to a starbucks but never been for coffee. Your cookies sounds really good and I would love to make a batch for Christmas but I did not understand what you are talking about the Starbucks blend.

    1. Barb-Thank you so much for taking time to read the blog. Starbucks sells their Via’s in packets. You would place the instant coffee that is in those packets in the cookie mix. You can also make the cookies without. Coffee helps deepen the flavor of chocolate.

  2. erin says:

    Good evening! I’m on the never-ending search for a good chocolate cut-out cookie recipe. I have a question about the Starbucks Christmas Via. I do not drink coffee, let alone starbucks. Is using the Via similar to using Espresso powder in the cookie (I have done this). If so, what flavor if any does the Christmas Via add? I;d like to try the recipe but I am unsure what the taste would be like? Can it be replaced with regular Via or even Espresso powder? If so, how much espresso powder?

    Thank you!

    1. Sorry, that I am just now getting back to you. Yes, Starbucks Via’s are just like Espresso powder. You can completely leave it out of the recipe. Espresso powder brings out the chocolate flavor. Espresso and coffee intensifies the flavor of chocolate.

  3. How sad am I that we weren’t swappers? Oh well! I’m still pinning this!!! (PS- IT’S MELISSA’S BIRTHDAY!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!)

    1. Thanks so much friend. I know I was sad we weren’t swappers, but the cool thing is we could swap any time.

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