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A heart-shaped chocolate cookie with a heart-shaped indentation filled with pink sprinkles leaning against a stack of plates garnished with sprinkles. There's another cookie on the stack of plates and a small white bowl of pink sprinkles.
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5 from 3 votes

Chocolate Sugar Cookies

These Chocolate Sugar Cookies are perfect for Valentine's Day! Filled with Nutella and decorated with sprinkles, they make a great edible gift.
Prep Time2 hours
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time2 hours 10 minutes
Course: Cookie
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16 sandwich cookies


  • 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose Flour
  • 3/4 cup Dutch-process cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp espresso powder optional
  • 1/3 cup Nutella
  • Sprinkles


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment beat butter at medium speed for 30 seconds until smooth. Add the sugar and beat until fluffy and light.
  • Add vanilla extract and egg. Beat on high speed for 30 seconds. Scrape sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.
  • Sift flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, and espresso powder together in a medium bowl.
  • On low speed, slowly mix the flour mixture into the wet ingredients until combined.
  • Divide the dough into two parts and roll each portion out to 1/4 inch thickness on a piece of parchment paper. Stack, put onto a baking sheet, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight (cover top with parchment).
  • Preheat oven to 375°F (180°C). Line two baking sheets with parchment.
  • Take out one part of the dough and cut into heart shapes using a cookie cutter. Transfer the cookies to the prepared baking sheet then using a smaller heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut smaller hearts into the centers of half of the hearts. Remove the smaller hearts and re-roll the remaining dough. Continue cutting until all the dough is used.
  • Bake for 10 minutes, until the edges are firm, the cookies will still appear soft. Rotate the baking sheet halfway through bake time. Allow to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Repeat with remaining chilled dough.
  • When the cookies are cooled completely, spread Nutella over whole hearts then place cookies with heart cut centers over tops. Decorate with sprinkles. Store in an airtight container.


Calories: 243kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 82mg | Potassium: 138mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 369IU | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 2mg