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Piped Chocolate Butter Cookies – Sally’s Baking Habit

These chocolate butter cookies are the cocoa-kissed model of my basic selfmade butter cookies. They’re each bit as comfortable 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 at liberty 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 a very good superhero film, you don’t need to know a lot in regards to 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 comfortable, however with the addition of unimaginable 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

This can be a 1-bowl cookie recipe. The dough is just like my spritz cookies, however with a bit milk to make it pipe-able.

  1. Butter: Can’t make chocolate butter cookies with out it! Make sure that 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 right this moment’s dough.
  3. Egg: 1 egg provides construction and binds every part collectively.
  4. Vanilla Extract: Even chocolate wants vanilla!
  5. All-Goal Flour: All-purpose flour offers 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 need to use both pure OR Dutch-process cocoa powder right here. (Learn extra in regards to 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 might 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 identical magic ingredient we use for chocolate cake. The cookies don’t style like espresso; quite, 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 are not 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.

Methods 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 putting just a bit little bit of dough within the piping bag so you’ll be able to decide if it’s creamy sufficient to pipe. If it’s too thick, it’s inconceivable to pipe, and also you’ll need to put the dough again within the bowl and add a bit extra milk. Doing a check with a small quantity of dough is loads 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.

Greatest 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 huge!) The smaller the scale, the tougher will probably be to pipe. I extremely suggest an open star piping tip, however I truly use Ateco 849 which is a closed star tip. The opening is so massive that it nonetheless works splendidly!

Listed below are some choices:

The favored Wilton 1M works too, however it’s possible you’ll want so as to add extra milk to the cookie dough to skinny it out as a result of this piping tip is smaller. Keep in mind, the extra milk you add, the longer you must chill the formed cookies, or else they’ll 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 can be an ideal vacation present for any baker. I at all times embrace them in my Vacation Baking Present Information!

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

No matter design you pipe, I extremely suggest 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 comfortable sufficient to pipe, however then that comfortable 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 value it.

Refrigerate the formed cookies for a minimum of 1 hour, and as much as 1 day. (If chilling for longer than 1 hour, cowl them.) If you must pace issues alongside, you can begin chilling them within the fridge for 20 minutes; at that time they are going to be strong sufficient that you could choose them up and switch them to a smaller plate (if freezer area 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 shortly.

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:

and listed below are 75+ Christmas cookies with all my greatest success guides & suggestions.


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

Piped Chocolate Butter Cookies

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  • Prep Time:

  • Prepare dinner Time:
    14 minutes

  • Whole Time:
    1 hour, quarter-hour

  • Yield:
    30 cookies

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Utilizing simply 9 fundamental components and a big piping tip, make these melt-in-your-mouth chocolate butter cookies. There’s no leavening, so the feel is just like shortbread cookies. Assessment recipe Notes earlier than starting, and I strongly suggest chilling the piped cookies for a minimum of 20–half-hour earlier than baking.


  1. Learn via the recipe and recipe Notes earlier than starting. Make room in your fridge for a baking sheet so the formed cookies can chill for 20–half-hour. With out chilling, the piped cookies will overspread. For those who chill the dough previous to shaping, the dough can be too chilly/stiff to pipe.
  2. Line 2–3 massive baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats, or go away unlined. If unlined, don’t grease the pan.
  3. In a big bowl, utilizing a handheld mixer or a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium-high pace till very comfortable and creamy, about 2 minutes. Add granulated sugar to the butter, and beat collectively on medium-high pace till easy and creamed, one other 2 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla, and beat on excessive pace till mixed, about 1 minute. Scrape down the edges and up the underside of the bowl and beat once more as wanted to mix.
  4. On low pace, beat within the flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Flip as much as excessive pace and beat till fully mixed.
  5. Heat the milk to about 150°F (66°C)—about 20 seconds within the microwave—then combine within the espresso powder till it dissolves. Add the nice and cozy espresso-milk combination to the dough, and beat on medium pace. You desire a dough that’s creamy and pipe-able (however nonetheless thick), so it’s possible you’ll want one other 1/2 Tablespoon of milk. (Tip: The extra milk you add, the extra the cookies will unfold, so chilling in step 7 is crucial. I like to recommend protecting the quantity of milk small and utilizing a big sufficient piping tip, like those I counsel within the publish above.)
  6. Add your massive piping tip to the piping bag. Spoon a bit little bit of dough into the piping bag and pipe a 1–2-inch swirl or line on the ready baking sheet. The explanation I counsel solely a bit little bit of dough to start out is as a result of the dough should still be too thick to pipe. If it’s too thick, switch that dough again to the blending bowl and add one other 1/2 Tablespoon of milk. If the dough is creamy sufficient to pipe, proceed piping the dough in 1–2-inch swirls or strains, 3 inches aside on the baking sheet. If desired, place a maraschino cherry within the heart of the swirl or sprinkle the dough with sprinkles and/or coarse sugar. (Tip: Because 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.)
  7. Switch the baking sheet to the fridge and chill the formed cookies for 20–half-hour.
  8. In the meantime, preheat oven to 350°F (177°C).
  9. Bake the chilled cookies for 12–quarter-hour or till the sides appear set. The cookies will unfold like all cookies do, however not fully lose their form, particularly in the event you refrigerated the formed cookies. If the cookies are smaller, they’ll take nearer to 12 minutes.
  10. Take away from the oven and permit to chill on the baking sheet for five minutes earlier than transferring to a wire rack to chill fully.
  11. Optionally available Chocolate: You possibly can soften the chocolate in a double boiler or the microwave. If utilizing the microwave: place the chopped chocolate in a medium heatproof bowl. Soften in 20-second increments within the microwave, stirring after every increment till fully melted and easy. Dip the cookies in chocolate and high with sprinkles, if desired. Permit the chocolate to set fully at room temperature for about 1 hour or within the fridge for 20 minutes.
  12. Plain cookies keep contemporary in an hermetic container at room temperature for as much as 1 week. Cookies with chocolate or cherries keep contemporary in an hermetic container at room temperature for 4 days or within the fridge for as much as 1 week.


  1. Make Forward Directions: You possibly can chill the formed cookies on the baking sheet within the fridge for as much as 1 day earlier than baking. If chilling for longer than half-hour, cowl with plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Typically I pipe all of the swirls shut collectively on 1 baking sheet, then refrigerate. (Since my fridge can’t match 2–3 baking sheets without delay.) After chilling, the formed dough is chilly, so you need to use a flat spatula to choose up the chilly formed dough and prepare on 2–3 baking sheets to bake. You can even freeze the un-baked formed dough for as much as 3 months. Bake the frozen formed dough (no have to thaw) for an additional minute or two. Baked cookies, with or with out chocolate/cherries/sprinkles, freeze nicely for as much as 3 months.
  2. Particular Instruments (affiliate hyperlinks): Baking Sheets | Silicone Baking Mats or Parchment Paper | Electrical Mixer (Handheld or Stand) | Piping Bag (Reusable or Disposable) | Giant Piping Tip (reminiscent of Ateco 849 (pictured), Wilton 8B, Ateco 826, or Ateco 827) | Cooling Rack | Double Boiler (optionally available for melting chocolate)
  3. Espresso Powder: This deepens the chocolate taste—the cookies don’t style like espresso. I often discover espresso powder within the grocery retailer baking aisle, or you’ll be able to order it on-line. For those who can’t discover it, you need to use on the spot espresso powder as an alternative. Make sure that to dissolve it within the heat milk earlier than including to the dough.
  4. No Piping Tip & Utilizing a Cookie Press: This recipe is just like my spritz cookies the place I take advantage of a cookie press. For those who don’t have a big piping tip and/otherwise you wish to use a cookie press, you need to use this dough to make chocolate spritz cookies. Skip the milk, and add the espresso powder whenever you add the flour. For those who don’t have a cookie press or massive piping tip, snip a 1/2 inch nook off the top of a plastic bag and pipe strains/flat swirls.
  5. Optionally available Melted Chocolate: You possibly can soften semi-sweet, darkish, milk, or white chocolate to dip these cookies in. For the most effective outcomes, use a pure “baking chocolate” bar, discovered within the baking aisle. I like Baker’s and Ghirardelli manufacturers. Don’t use chocolate chips, as they comprise stabilizers stopping them from melting into the correct consistency. After you soften it, if the chocolate is simply too thick for dipping, stir in 1 teaspoon of vegetable/canola oil to assist skinny it out.

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