Chocolate or Vanilla Cookies

Chocolate or Vanilla Cookies

I have long wished for a basic recipe that can be “plain” or vanilla, but with the addition of cocoa powder and a few other ingredients, could be a great chocolate cookie.

To accomplish this I started with a sugar cookie recipe. I thought this would be a great place to start. That cookie is great. Then I wanted to make a chocolate sugar cookie. I, obviously, added cocoa powder, but I had to add a few extras to maintain the ideal moisture.

I will say that these are a pretty traditional sugar cookie texture. However, I think these will do great with add-ins like chocolate chips or dried fruit. Can’t wait to hear what you think.

Chocolate or Vanilla Cookies
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A Recipe for Plain or Chocolate Sugar Cookies

I think it's essential to have a basic recipe that you can convert. So let's start with a sugar cookie and then make it chocolate.
Course: Endings, Everything Else
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate, cookies, sugar
Servings: 18 cookies


  • 2 cups All-purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp. Kosher Salt
  • 1 cup Unsalted Butter, at room temperature
  • 1-1/2 cup Granulated White Sugar
  • 1 Lg. Egg
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 1 Tbs. Vanilla Extract

To Make Chocolate

  • 1/3 cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 cup Unsalted Butter, at room temperature
  • 1 Lg. Egg
  • 2 Tbs. Whole Milk


  • Preheat oven to 350°
    Whisk together flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
    In the bowl of a stand up mixer, fitted with paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. This is important for the texture of the cookies.
  • While mixer is on, add egg and vanilla.
    Gradually add in flour mixture. Do not over mix. You can fold I remaining flour bits with spatula.
  • use a scoop to form balls of dough and put on parchment lined baking sheet about 2" apart.
    Bake for about 15 minutes, rotating halfway through the time. Edges should look crispy and centers creamy but not wet.
    Let cool on pan fro 10 minutes then cool completely on wire rack.

For Chocolate cookies

  • Sift the cocoa powder into flour mixture and give a little whisk.
    Add additional wet ingredient during mixing process, after sugar but before egg and vanilla.
    Bake as directed above.

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