Chocolate Chip Sugar Cookies

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Chocolate Chip Sugar Cookies are a twist on the classic sugar cookie we all know and love. They can be cut into shapes to match any holiday!

Heart shaped Chocolate Chip Sugar Cookies on a wire rack

These Chocolate Chip Sugar Cookies are a fun alternative to your classic cut out sugar cookies! They’re soft with crisp edges and filled with plenty of mini chocolate chips. Since this recipe doesn’t spread you can cut these cookies into shapes to match any holiday or event! Plus they’re delicious plain, drizzled with extra chocolate or even covered in icing!

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Ingredient Breakdown

All-purpose flour – this gives the cookies structure.

Baking powder – a little bit of baking powder helps the cookies rise slightly. Do not use baking soda!

Butter – provides flavor and structure. I always recommend using unsalted butter but salted butter works if that’s all you have on hand, just be sure to omit the 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Do not use cold or melted butter.

Granulated sugar – sweetens and softens cookies. Do not substitute it with brown sugar.

Eggs – helps bind the ingredients.

Vanilla extract and salt – enhances flavor. Always use pure vanilla extract instead of imitation for best flavor.

Chocolate Chip Sugar Cookies

How To Make Chocolate Chip Sugar Cookies

1. In a small bowl whisk the all-purpose flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

2. Use a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment to cream softened butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy.

3. Add eggs one at a time and vanilla until just combined. Scrape the sides of the bowl.

4. Add the dry ingredients all at once and mix on low speed until almost combined. Then add the mini chocolate chips and mix until just combined. The dough will be soft but not sticky.

Sugar cookie dough

5. Divide dough in half then shape into flat discs. Wrap each tightly with plastic wrap then refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to 3 days.

6. On a floured surface, roll out one disc of dough to about 1/4 inch thick. Cut out cookies and place on a baking sheet then freeze for at least 5 minutes.

7. Bake cookies at 350°F for 8 minutes then allow to cool completely (my cookies were 3 inches but you may have to adjust the baking time if your cookies are smaller/larger). The cookies should be pale but not wet looking when they come out of the oven. Repeat with the second disc of dough. You can reroll the dough scraps up to 2 more times. Store Chocolate Chip Sugar Cookies in an airtight container for up to a week at room temperature.

Chocolate Chip Sugar Cookies on a baking sheet

Pro Tips For Chocolate Chip Sugar Cookies

  • Weigh your ingredients using a kitchen scale! Measuring ingredients by volume is not accurate.
  • Don’t over mix the dough! Only mix until the dry ingredients are just combined. Over mixing = more gluten development which means tough cookies. We don’t want any tough cookies here!
  • Bake one tray at a time on the middle oven rack. This ensures that there is even heat circulation.
  • Don’t over bake them! They should still be pale when they come out of the oven because they will continue to bake as they cool on the baking sheet.
  • Keep the sugar cookie dough cold! If you put warm cookies in the oven they will spread so I recommend freezing the cookies for a few minutes before baking them.

Frequently Asked Questions


Can You Make Sugar Cookie Dough In Advance?

Yes! Once you make this sugar cookie dough you can either refrigerate it for up to 3 days wrapped tightly in plastic wrap or freeze it for up to 3 months wrapped tightly in plastic wrap and placed in a zip-top bag.

Why do you have to chill sugar cookie dough?

You need to chill sugar cookie dough in order to make the dough easy to work with and to prevent your cookies from spreading too much. If you’re dough is warm then it will become sticky and difficult to handle. I recommend chilling your dough for at least 2 hours before rolling it out and chilling your cookies in the fridge or freezer right before baking them.

How Do Sugar Cookies Keep Their Shape?

Sugar cookies have a high ratio of flour to fat which makes the dough sturdy enough to roll out and cut into shapes. Additionally, the dough is always kept cold which aids in cookies maintaining their shape. My favorite trick to prevent sugar cookies from spreading is to freeze your cookies for 5 minutes before baking them!

What’s the difference between sugar cookies And Shortbread?

Unlike sugar cookies, shortbread is made without eggs or any leavening agents. Shortbread also has a more crumbly texture as a result of the dough’s high fat content. If you’re looking for shortbread recipes try my Mini Chocolate Chip Shortbread Bars or Shortbread Thumbprint Cookies or Almond Flour Shortbread Cookies.

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Heart shaped Chocolate Chip Sugar Cookies on a wire rack

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Chocolate Chip Sugar Cookies

Chocolate Chip Sugar Cookies are a twist on the classic sugar cookie we all know and love. They can be cut into shapes to match any holiday!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Refrigeration Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 38 minutes
Servings 36 3-inch cookies
Calories 129kcal
Author Maria Azzarelli

Equipment

  • Stand mixer or hand mixer
  • Baking sheets
  • Rolling Pin
  • Cookie cutters

Ingredients

  • 420 g (3 1/2 cups) all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 226 g (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 200 g (1 cup) granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 112 g (1/2 cup) mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  • In a small bowl whisk the all-purpose flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  • Use a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment to cream softened butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add eggs one at a time and vanilla until just combined. Scrape the sides of the bowl.
  • Add the dry ingredients all at once and mix on low speed until almost combined. Then add the mini chocolate chips and mix until just combined. The dough will be soft but not sticky.
  • Divide dough in half then shape into flat discs. Wrap each tightly with plastic wrap then refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to 3 days.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F and line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  • On a floured surface, roll out one disc of dough to about 1/4 inch thick. Cut out cookies and place on a baking sheet then freeze for at least 5 minutes.
  • Bake cookies for 8 minutes then allow to cool completely (my cookies were 3 inches but you may have to adjust the baking time if your cookies are smaller/larger). The cookies should be pale but not wet looking when they come out of the oven. Repeat with the second disc of dough. You can reroll the dough scraps up to 2 more times.

Notes

  • Weigh your ingredients using a kitchen scale! Measuring ingredients by volume is not accurate.
 
 
  • Butter: I recommend using unsalted butter. You can use salted butter, just be sure to omit the 1/2 tsp salt.
 
 
  • Store Chocolate Chip Sugar Cookies in an airtight container for up to a week at room temperature. 
 
  • Sugar cookie dough wrapped tightly in plastic wrap and placed in a zip-top bag can be frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight before rolling and baking.
 
  • Nutrition: the provided nutritional information is an estimate per serving. Please read my Nutrition Disclaimer for more information.

Nutrition

Calories: 129kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 45mg | Potassium: 18mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 177IU | Vitamin C: 0.02mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg

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