Chewy Chocolate Roll-Out Cookies

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These easy-to-make cookies can be made into any shape you please and are perfect for decorating with holiday themes. They also make tasty gifts!

Serves 12



  • 3 c all-purpose flour 
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ⅔ c Dutch process cocoa powder
  • 1 c salted butter, softened
  • 1 ½ c sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 6 oz cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ c salted butter, softened
  • 1 ½ cups confectioners sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ tsp milk


  1. Whisk together flour, salt, baking powder, and cocoa powder in a medium bowl and set aside.
  2. Cream together butter and sugar. Mix in eggs and vanilla extract until combined. Gradually add flour mixture and mix until smooth. Divide dough into two parts, wrap each section in food safe wrap (we like Abeego), and chill for 1-2 hours.
  3. Preheat the oven at 350°F.
  4. Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to ¼-inch think. Cut into shapes.
  5. Place cookies on lined cookie sheets and bake for 11-12 minutes, until the edges are firm and the centers are soft and slightly puffed. Keep cookies on the pan to cool to help keep the cookies soft.
  6. While the cookies are cooling, make the cream cheese frosting. Cream together cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add in confectioners sugar, vanilla, and milk and beat until combined and fluffy. 
  7. Fill a piping bag with frosting and pipe designs onto completely cooled cookies.

Recipe Notes and Variations

  • If you don’t have a piping bag to frost these cupcakes, don’t worry! There are several other ways to frost cupcakes easily. You could place frosting in a plastic sandwich bag and snip off a corner to create a DIY piping bag of just frost them with a knife. We won’t judge you either way! 
  • Don’t limit yourself to making the amount this recipe calls for. Double the recipe so you have extra to snack on and send to yourfriends and family as an easy gift!
  • Looking to make this recipe vegan friendly? Try using Miyokos Cultured Butter, almond cream cheese, and oat milk as substitutes for the dairy items.


  • Tina
    December 1, 2020 at 3:12 pm

    Why would you preheat the oven in step 1 then chill the cookies for 1 – 2 hours in step 2 before baking in step 4?

    • Imperfect
      December 3, 2020 at 9:34 pm

      Great call out! Thank you, we do mean to turn on the oven after the dough has been made and chilled. Our team is fixing this now!

  • Angela Lovett
    December 5, 2020 at 6:46 pm

    Do these cookies need to be stored in the fridge? Since there’s dairy products in the icing.

    • Imperfect
      December 24, 2020 at 7:32 pm

      We do suggest storing them in the fridge!

  • Michele Jordan
    December 9, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    It says these are cupcakes. I thought they were cookies.

  • Amanda
    December 31, 2020 at 8:49 pm

    These were delicious! I loved getting creative with the icing! How long do the cookies and icing last?

    • Imperfect
      January 14, 2021 at 11:57 pm

      Definitely up to a few days 💚

  • k
    September 30, 2021 at 9:51 am

    I love these cookies, as the recipe seems to be identical to Smitten Kitchen’s brownie roll-out cookies: Is that the source?


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