12 Days of Holiday Treats: Chocolate Sugar Cookies

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Welcome to Day 5 of

The Twelve Days of Holiday Treats!

Once again, this year, from December 1st-12th I’ll post a new holiday treat recipe every day – inspiration for your holiday entertaining!

The recipes I’m sharing are small-er batch (as many of us will still be attending/ hosting smaller gatherings) – each recipe makes 1-dozen or a few more smaller-sized treats that are simple to prepare and that use everyday ingredients and equipment so hopefully you’ll be able to whip up any of these on a whim. Check out the treats from 2019, 2020 and 2021 at the bottom of this post too for more inspiration!

Today’s treat is a soft, not-too-sweet chocolate sugar cookie which you can enjoy plain or fancy up with some chocolate and sprinkles (because, of course!). Stay tuned to see what tomorrow brings and in the meantime… I like these because, while they are bigger than some of this year’s treats, they really are not very sweet at all and therefore are perfect to add to a sweets table or cookie exchange!

This recipe is based on the Chocolate Dipped Orange Sugar Cookies from last year and includes a little cocoa powder (you can add more if you like) and really couldn’t be simpler. It’s a soft dough so it benefits from some time in the fridge/ freezer and if you’re working with it and it is getting too soft, feel free to pop it back in for a short spell. As for decorating? You can let your imagination go wild! I stayed classic with melted chocolate and sprinkles but you could really decorate with anything you like (they do need a little something in my opinion because they are not very sweet).

Yield: 12-20

Soft Chocolate Sugar Cookies

Soft Chocolate Sugar Cookies

Soft chocolate sugar cookies that aren't too sweet.

Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Chill Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 31 minutes


For the cookies:

  • 113g (1/2 cup/ 8 tablespoons) salted butter, softened
  • 100g (1/2 cup) granulated sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 225g (1 1/2 cups) all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons milk

For the chocolate topping

  • Approx. 1 cup (200g) chocolate chips
  • sprinkles


    Make the cookies

    1. Line a baking tray with parchment paper or silicone baking sheets.
    2. Mix the butter and sugar together in a large bowl with electric hand beaters at high speed until pale in colour and creamy.
    3. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the egg yolk and vanilla, then continue to beat until combined.
    4. Reduce the speed to low and add the flour and baking powder, mixing until the flour is just combined.
    5. With the speed still low, add the milk and beat until the dough starts to clump together.
    6. Mix in the crushed candy cane until it's just combined.
    7. Gather the dough together with your hands into a disk. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface or in between two large sheets of parchment paper and roll the dough until it’s roughly 1/3-inch thick.
    8. Use a 2-inch cookie cutter to cut approximately 20 cookies or a 2 1/2-inch cutter to cut approximately 12 cookies.
    9. Place the cutout cookies on the prepared baking tray and put it in the freezer while you heat the oven.

    Bake the cookies

    1. Pre-heat the oven to 350˚F.
    2. When oven is at temperature, bake the cookies for 13- 16 minutes until lightly golden all over.
    3. Remove from the oven and place the trays on wire cooling racks to cool completely.


    1. Melt chocolate in a metal or ceramic bowl set over a pot of simmering water (or in a microwave at 50-60% power in bursts of 30 seconds until it's just about melted and then stir to melt the remainder).
    2. Spoon a little of the chocolate on top of each cookie and dust with sprinkles or crushed candy cane.
    3. Allow to cool completely.


Store these in an airtight container at room temperature for a few days.

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Check out the rest of 2022’s 12 Days of Holiday Treats:

Day 1: Chocolate Peppermint Creme Cups

Day 2: Chocolate-Dipped Wafer Cookies

Day 3: Gingerbread madeleines

Day 4: Funfetti Cookies

Day 5: Chocolate Sugar Cookies

Day 6: Coffee Financiers

Day 7: No-Bake Strawbery Cheesecake Cups

Day 8: Holiday Joys

Day 9: Holiday Spice Marmalade

Day 10: Soft Molasses Cookies

Day 11: Coconut Roughs

Day 12: Holiday Lights Jam Sandwich Cookies

Check out 2021’s 12 Days of Holiday Treats:

Day 1: Speculoos financiers

Day 2: Chocolate Dipped Orange Sugar Cookies

Day 3: Madeleines à la Clémentine

Day 4: Chocolate Hazelnut Thumbprint Cookies

Day 5: Sunbutter and Jam Chocolate Cups

Day 6: Hot Chocolate and Marshmallow Cookies

Day 7: Linzer Cookies

Day 8: Chocolate-Hazelnut Sandwich Cookies

Day 9: Choc-Mint Thumbprint Cookies

Day 10: Pailles (Puff Pastry and Jam Cookies)

Day 11: Strawberry Santa Hats

Day 12: Mulled Wine Jam

Check out 2020’s 12 Days of Holiday Treats:

Day 1: Rice Krispie Wreaths

Day 2: Cranberry Cheesecake Bars

Day 3: Peppermint Bark

Day 4: Orangettes

Day 5: Rocky Road Chocolate Crackle Slice

Day 6: Candy Cane Sugar Cookies

Day 7: Orange Pim’s

Day 8: Mendiants

Day 9: Chewy Chocolate Mint Crackle Cookies

Day 10: Apricot, Coconut and Cranberry “truffles”

Day 11: Chocolate, Cherry and Almond Brownies

Day 12: Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Check out 2019’s 12 Days of Holiday Cookies:

Day 1: Easy Three Ingredient Shortbread

Day 2: Jam Drops

Day 3: Chocolate Caramel Slice

Day 4: Melting Moments

Day 5: White Christmas

Day 6: Langues de Chat

Day 7: Chocolate Coconut Slice

Day 8: Cornflake Biscuits

Day 9: Rocky Road

Day 10: Honey Joys

Day 11: Rum Ball Truffles

Day 12: Giant Florentine Cookie (to share)


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