How to Make Decorated Chocolate Chip Sugar Cookies

Decorated chocolate chip roll out cookies -- a cookie decorating tutorial and recipe

Early in my marriage, my husband deployed to a war zone. He lived in what was then known as the most dangerous city on the planet. I read news article after news article. I saw pictures that I couldn't un-see. And I became emotionally paralyzed by the bad in the world, by the horrible tragedy happening at that very moment, at every moment. I cried for days for people I had never and would never meet.

My son's teacher is currently using her vacation days to volunteer at a school that has been set up in a literal garbage dump in another country. There are dozens of families who have lived and worked at the dump for generations. Until recently, they didn't have enough food and clean water, much less a school or even an address. My son and I talked about his teacher and her experiences last night until overwhelmed in his grief at the apparent unfairness of the world, tears stopped our discussion.

Hurricanes, earthquakes, violence, theft, fires, hunger, disparity, prejudice, threats, floods, disasters of all kinds and losses of even more...

It IS overwhelming. It CAN be emotionally paralyzing.

I don't have answers for many of the questions my son asked last night. And I hate that. But I told him what I discovered long ago when his father was deployed -- we can care for each other. We can care for others. And sometimes more needs to be done...but you can always start with that.

It was a perfectly timely conversation. About a month ago, Bridget from Bake at 350 emailed asking me and some other blogging friends to join with her and Imperial Sugar to BAKE. Bake for friends. Bake for communities. Bake for comfort. Bake with love. (Because nothing says love and comfort quite like warm sugary goodness.) It won't solve all the world's problems...but caring for each other is a step in the right direction. So children and I are going to take these chocolate-chip chocolate-chip cookies to our neighbors. We are going to tell our well-loved neighbors that we love them. And we are going to get to know the rest of our neighbors better.

If you want to join us and #giveafriendacookie .... might I suggest chocolate chip? 🙂 It never seems to be the wrong answer. I've had MANY people ask for a chocolate chip roll-out recipe. So here you go --

Chocolate Chip Roll-Out Cookies

A soft and chewy, no-chill and no-spread chocolate chip roll-out sugar cookie recipe!


  • 1 cup slightly softened unsalted butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 4 (or 4 1/2 cups)all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line baking sheets with silicone baking sheets or parchment paper.
  2. Cream the butter and both sugars together. If you have any brown sugar lumps, you should crush them up or pull them out. (They make weird dents in your baked cookies.) If your brown sugar is especially clumpy, microwave it for about 30 seconds before adding it to the mixing bowl. It will soften it enough to blend smoothly.
  3. Add the eggs and the vanilla and mix thoroughly.
  4. Add the salt and baking powder and mix again.
  5. Add 4 cups of flour and mix well. Stop here if you are going to chill the dough overnight, or just wait for another day to bake it. If you are going to roll it out right away, add another half of a cup of flour and mix again.
  6. Gently stir in the mini chocolate chips.
  7. Roll out dough and cut shapes as desired.
  8. Bake at 350 F. If you roll to 1/4" thick, bake for about 7-8 minutes. If you roll to 3/8" thick, bake for about 10 -12 minutes.
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And if you want to make the chocolate-chip decorated cookies to round things out, you can see how I made them in this video.


Check out all the other fantastic cookie recipes from fun bloggers who are choosing to #giveafriendacookie today!!

Fall Flower Cookies from The Decorated Cookie
Peanut Butter Cookies from The Bearfoot Baker
Spiced Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars from Baked Bree
Apple Pie Wedge Cookies from Munchkin Munchies
Peppermint Crunch Sugar Cookies from The Domestic Rebel
Pecan Chocolate Fudge Chunk Cookies from Country Cleaver
Everything Cookies from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen
Chocolate Chip Cookies from LilaLoa
Lemon Cardamom Crinkle Cookies from Fifteen Spatulas
Apple Cinnamon Cookies from Dine and Dish
Triple Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies with Sea Salt from A Farmgirl's Dabbles
Fall Wreath Sugar Cookie from Tikkido
Chocolate Turtle Cookies from Bake at 350

For nearly 175 years, Imperial Sugar has been helping people communicate thanks, appreciation, love, and sympathy through home-baked treats. At the heart of baking for others is the very act of giving, and Imperial Sugar encourages everyone to bake and share, both in times of celebration and in times of crisis. Together we can make someone’s day just a little bit sweeter. If you are looking for cookie inspiration, visit the Imperial Sugar website for 350+ time-tested cookie recipes.


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