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Best Ever Chocolate Cutout Cookies

Whatever shape you want to cut them into, they're delicious!


  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup butter softened
  • 1 1/4 cups white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • good pinch of salt

For the glaze

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 teaspoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • food coloring as needed


  • Sift together the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt - set aside.
  • In a medium bowl combine the butter and sugar and beat until creamy and smooth. Beat in the egg. Gradually stir in the sifted ingredients for form a soft dough. Divide the dough in two pieces, flatten and wrap in wax paper or parchment. Refrigerate for 2 hours.
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Flatten out the wax or parchment paper you used to wrap the dough and put another piece over top. Full out to about 1/8 inch thickness.
  • Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters. Dough is sticky so the paper helps.
  • Line a cookie sheet or two (depending on the size of your cookies) with parchment paper. Place cookies 1 1/2 inches apart on cookie sheets.
  • Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Cool completely before attempting to glaze.
  • Meanwhile, combine the glaze ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk until completely incorporated. Put the glaze into a plastic bag, snip off a bit of one corner, and decorate as you like.


Adapted from Allrecipes