Grammy's Chocolate Drop Cookies

About 3 1/2 dozen

A hefty dose of cocoa powder makes these old-fashioned drop cookies perfect for fans of dark chocolate. The recipe is so simple, it's a natural for preparing with children, who especially love forming the dough into balls and rolling them in sanding sugar.


  • 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • ¾ cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 2 cups granulated sugar

  • 1 ¼ cups (2 ½ sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature

  • 2 large eggs

  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

  • Sanding sugar, for rolling


  1. Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl.

  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat sugar and butter on medium speed until mixture is light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla, and beat to combine. Reduce speed to low, and gradually add flour mixture; beat to combine. Form dough into a flattened disk, and chill until firm, about 1 hour.

  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Shape dough into 1 1/4-inch balls. Roll each ball in sanding sugar. Place on baking sheets lined with parchment paper, about 1 1/2 inches apart. Bake until set, 10 to 12 minutes, rotating halfway through. Transfer to a rack to cool for 5 minutes. Transfer cookies from baking sheet to wire rack. The cookies can be stored between layers of parchment in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

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