Piped Chocolate Butter Cookies – Sally’s Baking Habit


These chocolate butter cookies are the cocoa-kissed model of my traditional do-it-yourself butter cookies. They’re each bit as gentle and buttery, and completely soften in your mouth. Use a big piping tip to pipe the dough into swirly designs. They’re scrumptious and exquisite plain, however be happy to jazz them up with sprinkles, a dip in melted chocolate, or a cherry within the heart for a festive contact!

chocolate butter cookies with chocolate and cherries on green baking sheet.

Like an excellent superhero film, you don’t must know a lot concerning the authentic butter cookies recipe to take pleasure in this standalone sequel: chocolate butter cookies. 😉 This darker (however not in a villainous approach!) model is simply as buttery and melt-in-your-mouth gentle, however with the addition of unbelievable chocolate taste.

These Chocolate Butter Cookies Are:

This cookie dough comes collectively simply with solely 9 components. You want an electrical mixer for the dough, plus a piping bag and huge piping tip (I take advantage of this one) to pipe the cookie dough.

stack of piped chocolate butter cookies and the top has a bite taken out.

Elements in Chocolate Butter Cookies

It is a 1-bowl cookie recipe. The dough is much like my spritz cookies, however with somewhat milk to make it pipe-able.

  1. Butter: Can’t make chocolate butter cookies with out it! Be sure it’s correctly softened to room temperature earlier than starting.
  2. Sugar: Like many cookie recipes together with these shortbread cookies, creamed butter and sugar is the bottom of as we speak’s dough.
  3. Egg: 1 egg provides construction and binds the whole lot collectively.
  4. Vanilla Extract: Even chocolate wants vanilla!
  5. All-Function Flour: All-purpose flour supplies the construction.
  6. Cocoa Powder: Our *Darkish Knight* hero that turns butter cookies into chocolate butter cookies. As a result of there’s no leavening occurring in these cookies, you should use both pure OR Dutch-process cocoa powder right here. (Learn extra concerning the distinction right here.)
  7. Salt: By offsetting the sugar, salt provides taste.
  8. Milk: We’d like simply sufficient milk (any type) to barely skinny out this cookie dough so it will probably squeeze via the piping tip. You’ll heat up the milk and dissolve the espresso powder in it earlier than including the combination to the dough.
  9. Espresso Powder: This is similar magic ingredient we use for chocolate cake. The cookies don’t style like espresso; reasonably, the espresso powder enhances the chocolate taste.

FAQ: Ought to I Line the Cookie Sheet? Some swear through the use of an unlined, naked baking sheet to bake butter cookies, however I’ve examined these chocolate butter cookies each with and with out lining, and there was no noticeable distinction. (I take advantage of silicone baking mats for all my cookies and these aren’t any completely different.) For those who select to not line the pan, don’t grease it both. The cookies will unfold, as all cookies do, however they need to preserve a few of their piped form.

flour, cocoa powder, milk, vanilla, salt, sugar, and egg on marble backdrop.

The best way to Pipe Butter Cookies

I discover it’s best to stay with easy designs like a swirl, and even only a line.

SUCCESS TIP: The dough may be very thick and stiff, so the primary few cookies you pipe would be the hardest. Don’t quit! It will get simpler as you go alongside, as you deal with the piping bag and the dough turns into extra malleable.

chocolate cookie dough and pictured again in piping bag.

SUCCESS TIP: Begin small. Start by inserting just a bit little bit of dough within the piping bag so you possibly can decide if it’s creamy sufficient to pipe. If it’s too thick, it’s inconceivable to pipe, and also you’ll must put the dough again within the bowl and add somewhat extra milk. Doing a take a look at with a small quantity of dough is lots simpler than filling the entire piping bag after which having to switch all of it again out once more!

piping chocolate dough on lined baking sheet.

Finest Piping Tricks to Use

The cookie dough is thick, so it’s crucial to make use of a big piping tip with a couple of 1/2-inch opening. (That’s massive!) The smaller the scale, the more durable will probably be to pipe. I extremely advocate an open star piping tip, however I truly use Ateco 849 which is a closed star tip. The opening is so giant that it nonetheless works splendidly!

Listed below are some choices:

The favored Wilton 1M works too, however you could want so as to add extra milk to the cookie dough to skinny it out as a result of this piping tip is smaller. Bear in mind, the extra milk you add, the longer it’s worthwhile to chill the formed cookies, or else they are going to over-spread within the oven.

Don’t overlook your piping luggage, too! (Disposable or Reusable)

chocolate cherry cookies before baking.

By the way in which, these piping suggestions and a set of luggage could be an excellent vacation present for any baker. I at all times embrace them in my Vacation Baking Reward Information!

One other Success Tip: Chill the Formed Cookies Earlier than Baking

No matter design you pipe, I extremely advocate chilling the piped cookies on the baking sheet for an hour earlier than baking. With out this chill time, the cookies will lose their piped form. We’d like the dough to be gentle sufficient to pipe, however then that gentle dough would unfold approach an excessive amount of within the oven, so we have to chill the cookies earlier than baking to agency them up a bit.

I promise it’s price it.

Refrigerate the formed cookies for at the least 1 hour, and as much as 1 day. (If chilling for longer than 1 hour, cowl them.) If it’s worthwhile to pace issues alongside, you can begin chilling them within the fridge for 20 minutes; at that time they are going to be stable sufficient you can choose them up and switch them to a smaller plate (if freezer house is a matter) and freeze them for an additional 20–half-hour.

piped chocolate cookies on lined baking sheet.
piped chocolate cookies on cooling rack with some with cherry baked in center.

Some Adorning Choices

  • Sprinkle with coarse sugar or festive sprinkles earlier than baking.
  • Place a maraschino cherry within the heart of every cookie earlier than baking.
  • Dollop 1/2 teaspoon raspberry (or different taste) jam into very heart earlier than baking.
  • Dip cooled cookies in melted chocolate, add sprinkles, and let set.
  • Dip cooled cookies in melted white chocolate, add crushed sweet canes, and let set.

The fridge will assist set the chocolate dip rapidly.

piped chocolate butter cookies dipped in chocolate with nonpareils on top.
plate of chocolate butter cookies dipped in chocolate with sprinkles and maraschino cherries.

Sally’s Cookie Palooza

This recipe is a part of my annual cookie countdown referred to as Sally’s Cookie Palooza. It’s the largest, most scrumptious occasion of the 12 months! Browse dozens of cookie recipes over on the Sally’s Cookie Palooza web page together with:

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