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Chocolate Cookies

  • Yield: Makes about 16 large cookies

Source: Martha Stewart Living, April/May 1993


  • 3 cups sifted all-purpose flour, plus more for surface
  • 1 1/4 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 2 1/2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  1. In a large bowl, sift together flour, cocoa, salt, and cinnamon. Set mixture aside.

  2. Use an electric mixer to cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla.

  3. Add flour mixture; mix on low speed until thoroughly combined. Divide dough in half; wrap in plastic. Chill at least 1 hour.

  4. Heat oven to 350 degrees. On a floured surface, roll dough to 1/8 inch thick. Cut into desired shapes. Transfer to ungreased baking sheets; refrigerate until firm, 15 minutes. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until crisp but not darkened. Cool on wire racks; decorate as desired.

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  • Time For Nummys
    3 FEB, 2013
    This is a delicious recipe i messed it up on the first try but after that i enjoyed the cookies with my boyfriend.
  • MS11498048
    24 JAN, 2012
    To make the cookies different colors: 1) Omit the cinnamon 2) divide the dough into three even parts 3) Do add _a little bit_ of cinamon plus your favorite spices to the first part of the dough. 4) Add a little bit of of lemon peel, or lemon extract and a touch of pure vanilla extract to the second part. 5) Add a few tablespoons of cocoa powder, plus a good jolt of pure vanilla extract to the third part. Roll out following the recipe as printed and enjoy!
  • cpchef
    2 FEB, 2011
    For sugar edging, you could beat an egg white slightly, then use paintbrush to apply around edge, then sprinkle on sugar, or roll edge of cookie around like a wheel in sugar spread out in a ahallow dish. Leave to dry before storing.
  • lilacj143
    12 APR, 2010
    The other cookies shown are linked in a recipe for sugar cookies ( There is also a link for the instructions for making the Sugared Heart Cookies.
  • nic29nic
    13 FEB, 2010
    I'm confused! How come the cookies in the photo are in diff colors? Are these diff kinds of cookies? Help! :)
  • GrnEyz
    2 FEB, 2010
    Not much of a baker, but how do I get sugar rim on the cookies?
  • uujerri
    24 NOV, 2009
    Yes, the dough is irresistibly Yummy, CAREFUL!
  • gerhartl
    16 FEB, 2009
    Beaten egg whites
  • MS12089674
    14 FEB, 2008
    I made these along with Martha's Sugar cookies for Valentine's Day. They were really easy and baked nicely. The cookie dough is like fudge! Yummy!