Chocolate Rolled Cookies {Recipe}

Valentine’s season is one of my favorite times of year to make decorated cookies (second only to Christmas).  One thing I like about Valentine’s cookies is that you can get away with just a simple shape (a heart) and three colors (red, white, and pink) and still make some really special cookies.

For Valentine’s cookies I often set aside my “regular” sugar cookie recipe and make some delicious Chocolate rolled cookies.  In fact, this recipe is so delicious I should really pull it out more often!  This recipe is a slight variation of a recipe a friend gave me several years ago.

Chocolate Rolled Cookies

1 cup butter

2/3 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 egg

2 Tablespoons chocolate liqueur or extra strong coffee (this can be made with about 1 teaspoon of instant espresso dissolved into 2 Tablespoons warm water)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup cocoa powder

3 cups all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt


1.) Sift together (or gently stir with a whisk) the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.  Set aside.

2..)  With an electric mixer cream together the butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar until fully incorporated and fluffy.

2.)  Beat in egg, coffee or liqueur, and vanilla.

3.)  Add in flour/cocoa mixture about 1 cup at a time.  Blend until fully incorporated.  (If you are using a hand mixer you may need to add the last cup of flour by hand).

4.)  Divide dough into two or three large balls, place in a plastic bag and chill in the refrigerator 1-2 hours (if you’re in a hurry, you can chill the dough for about 20 minutes in the freezer).

5.)  Once chilled, work with one ball of dough at a time, and roll onto a lightly floured surface.  I find it works best to place a sheet of parchment paper on top of the dough, and then roll on top of the parchment.  This prevents the dough from sticking to your rolling pin, and you also don’t need to add as much extra flour (as you would without the parchment).

6.)  Cut out desired shapes with cookie cutters and place on a baking sheet.

7.)  Place the baking sheet (with cookies on it) in the freezer about 5 minutes (this helps the dough keep it’s shape when baked).

8.)  Bake cookies for 7-10 minutes (depending on size) in a 350*F oven.

9.)  Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet a few minutes and then transfer to a wire cooling rack.

10.)  Decorate as desired.

Recipe Source- Glorious Treats

HERE is my royal icing recipe as well as lots of decorating tips to get you started.

HERE is a decorating tutorial from Karen’s Cookies that shows several of the same decorating techniques I used for these Valentine’s cookies.

Happy Baking!


  1. Your cookies are SO PRETTY! Love them! Chocolate is a nice switch from sugar cookies:)

  2. Adorable! I'll definitely be making these for Valentine's Day

  3. What a beautiful set of COOKIES, Glory! Thank you for the recipe… I'll give it a try soon…

  4. Thanks for the recipe…I can't wait to try it!! As always your cookies look incredble

  5. Beautifully decorated!

  6. Glorious bravo, it's fantastic,
    will definitely try the recipe!

  7. I was thinking of making chocolate cookies instead of the regular sugar cookies for V-day. Your post is so timely! =) Thanks for sharing. =)

  8. Wow, your tutorials are awesome. Thanks so much for sharing!

  9. Glorious treats does not begin to cover these delectable little beauties. These are simply picture perfect.

  10. These are so crazy beautiful cookies and picture! You sure are very talented!

  11. The cookies are back! I love it! Truly a blog treat

  12. how many cookies does this recipe make?

  13. Re: How many cookies
    Anonymous- Opps, sorry I guess I should add that! It depends on the size of cutter you use, but I would estimate 3 dozen medium sized cookies.

  14. I will be making these this season for sure! Thanks for the timely post! I love it when you give us the idea early enough to use it!

  15. beautiful and inspiring! i recently started decorating cookies…can't wait to make some for valentines day this year.

  16. They look beautiful and yummy!!

  17. I just made your sugar cookie recipe last night and they were great! I can't wait to try this chocolate version!!

  18. So beautiful. I cannot wait to make these.

  19. Yay! These are so happy and cheerful! I love valentine's day treat! Beautiful!
    Love you,

  20. The cookies look so beautiful. I want to make these for the Valentine's Day party with my playgroup, but was wondering how strong the coffee taste is…will they taste okay without the espresso? I doubt the 2 year old;s would be digging the coffee taste.

  21. that`s beautiful!

    have a great time,

  22. S King- Yes, if you would like to omit the espresso or liqueur, I would suggest you double the vanilla extract (to 2 teaspoons). And believe it or not, adding the small amount of espresso adds almost no coffee flavor, it is simply to bring out the full chocolate flavor.
    Happy Baking!

  23. Your cookies are so gorgeous!!!
    I can't wait to bake some cookies for Valentine's Day.

  24. I've been looking for a *good* rolled chocolate cookie recipe for a while now. I was intrigued with the addition of the coffee (I *love* coffee) so I tried yours the day you posted it. O.M.G. What delicious cookies it makes! The first batch has been gobbled up, we're already on to the second set I made yesterday AND I have another batch of dough chilling in the fridge. Thank you so much for passing it on!

    PS – these taste awesome rolled out to 3/8" and topped with orange-flavored royal icing. So much for the weight I lost last week…

  25. Wowww me parece una receta ESPECTACULAR.
    La hornearé muy pronto.

  26. I am a follower and am enjoying your blog.

  27. These are SO pretty and so well done!!


  28. Beautiful cookies! I especially like the polka dots. I've never tried chocolate rolled cookies before. I'll have to try it out.

  29. I just finished making these and I must say I am IN LOVE!! I don't much care for sugar cookies. These are the PERFECT alternative. My household has eaten most of them before I have even had a chance to decorate!! LOVE IT!

  30. aedmougmThe Valentine cookies are amazing.
    Brenda g

  31. Love the Valentine cookies brendag

  32. Love the Valentine cookies Brendag

  33. These look wonderful but I am having trouble finding chocolate liqueur. I even tried a cooking specialty store. After looking online someone commented that you might be able to substitute melted unsweetened chocolate. Would that work?

  34. Do you perfer to use the liqueur or the coffee? These look so yummy. Thank You for posting

  35. These look so good – I can't wait to try them!

  36. I was at the event that Glory brought these to and I sneaked one in my purse to bring home. Just had to show my family. They taste great too! Can you blame me?

  37. Thank you for sharing your recipe. Tastes fabulous!

  38. You were an inspiration in my cookie decorating this week!

  39. Just made these…. OMG they are fabulous! And I haven't even added icing yet! Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe!

  40. As usual your cookies are beautiful! I used your post as inspiration and made these as gifts and thought they came out really great. The cookies are yummy with or with out icing. Unfortunately, my icing was still tacky on top after leaving them dry overnight. I ended up having to put sanding sugar on the tops in order to put them in cellophane bags. I have only worked with royal icing 5 times and 2 of those times my icing came out this way. The first time I blamed the Wilton coloring for it but this time I used Americolor. If you can tell me what it is you think I'm doing wrong it would be greatly appreciated.

  41. may i know if i could mix is using a wisk/spoon instead of an electric mixer?

  42. Tammie- It usually takes a full 12 hours to dry cookies flooded with royal icing. If you are finding they are not dry after this amount of time, you may be adding too much water to your icing, or you may have too much humidity in your home. I live in a dry climate, but I know humidity can be a problem.

    Vaness- It will be more difficult, but I think you could make this dough by hand. It will just take a bit of kneading to incorporate all of the dry ingredients.

  43. LOVE these! They have been feature in my Valentine Treat post published today! You can check it out here:

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  45. Can iced cookies be frozen or will it be ruined once thawed?

  46. I love these! They are adorable! Every time I go to click on the icing link and the tutorial link it just takes me back to the main page. Help?

  47. Do you use regular or Dutch processed cocoa powder in this recipe?

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  49. Can u please tell what can I use instead of strong coffee to make this recipe kid friendly? Thank you very much

  50. Hi, I made these cookies and they were really good. I posted your recipe in my blog in english and spanish, so now all my friends in South America can make them too. :)

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  53. Fantastic cookies! I made them without the baking soda, and they were a little bitter. I wanted to leave out the leavening, so they would not puff out. Is the baking soda in the recipe for leavening, or to balance the acidity of the chocolate?

    This is now my go-to recipe!

  54. Hello!! How far in advance can I bake the cookies? I would like to decorate them the night before Valentine’s and didn’t know how early the cookies could be baked? Suggestions?

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  56. Made there today filled with vanilla icecream and delecious!

  57. Thanks for the gorgeous recipe and photos! Can this recipe be halved? Thanks so much : )

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  60. I made some 5 inch cookies with this recipe but they break easily, what should I change to make them sturdier?, thank you in advance and God Bless You.

    • Hi Alvar, Yes, the cookies are quite delicate when they are still warm, but once they cool it should not be much of a problem. If yours were too soft even when cool I might suggest baking them just a bit longer.

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  62. I made these last night. I rolled out the dough before I chilled in, then kept it in the fridge for a full 12 hours before cutting out the shapes. Despite this, I only managed to cut a few before the dough became so soft that the shapes got distorted when I tried moving them! Even though I returned the cut shapes to the fridge for another 24 hours and put them in the freezer for 15 mins while the oven was heating up, they still puffed up and spread quite a lot. On 2″ cookies they spread 1/4″. If I try these again I think I’ll leave out the baking soda.

    • Hi Julianne, I’m going to guess maybe you live in a super warm climate? This dough can get a bit soft when warm, but is usually quite nice to work with once chilled. The dough will spread a small amount, although it’s never been enough to bother me. If it’s more than you like, then yes, feel free to remove the baking soda and that will help. Happy baking!

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  69. These were amazing. Literally tasted like brownie cookies! But how long do they last?

    • Hi Greta, So glad you enjoyed them! The cookies will remain fresh and delicious about a week (stored in an airtight container, or favor bag).

  70. Glory, this is the best rolled chocolate cookie recipe I ever made. The dough is so easy to work with and is delish. Made the valentine hearts and everyone thought they were store bought. Love your vanilla cookie and your chocolate cupcake recipe also! Love your stuff! Thank you. Jayne

  71. Thanks for sharing these cookies! They look amazing! I just finished icing mine and they taste delicious :)

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  73. They look so yummy! I want to try this recipe so badly, by any chance do you have this recipe in grams? I’m having trouble with calculating cups.

    • Thanks for the comment. I’m sorry I am only familiar with American measurements, but feel free to use google to find a good conversion chart and you can convert the measurements.

  74. for the cocoa powder is Hershey’s Cocoa, Natural Unsweetened good for this or should it be sweetened?

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  79. Just made these with Christmas cutouts! Very good!

  80. I just made these today, the dough tastes lovely and your cookies look gorgeous. But for some reason I found the dough very dry. I followed the recipe exactly, is there something I might of done? Or can do?

  81. I just made this recipe I used coffee and made bear shapes. Such rich flavor!  Love them. I can’t fit my sheets in my freezer but they still held shape really well. Thank you 

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