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Chocolate Cut Out Cookies


10 Min.
1 Hr. 30 Min.
Skill Level:
30 (3-inch) cookies

Looking for the perfect recipe to use with your favorite holiday cookie cutters? This Chocolate Cut Out Cookies recipe makes beautiful cookies that are moist and delicious but don't spread too much and lose their fun shapes. We love the sweet additions of HERSHEY'S Premier White Creme Chips, HERSHEY'S Milk Chocolate Chips and HERSHEY'S Cocoa. This chocolate cut out cookies recipe is kid-friendly and great for getting little hands to help in the kitchen. Just use your favorite cookie cutters, then drizzle on melted chocolate. Wonderful for holiday baking!  Watch your holiday fun take shape with these Christmas Brownie Trees that are equal parts tasty and festive.

Ingredients & Directions

Prep Time
1 hour 30 minutes
Bake Time
10 minutes
Cool Time
30 minutes
Chill Time
30 minutes




Equipment Needed 
Large Mixing Bowl Large Mixing Bowl
Mixer Mixer
Oven Oven
Refrigerator Refrigerator
Cookie Cutters Cookie Cutters
Cookie Sheet Cookie Sheet
Wire Rack Wire Rack
Microwave Microwave

Beat butter and sugar in large mixer bowl just until well blended. Add eggs; beat until combined.


Stir together flour, cocoa and salt; gradually add to butter mixture until dough gathers into ball and pulls away from the mixing bowl sides. Divide dough into 4 equal sections; wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.


Heat oven to 350° F. Line several cookie sheets with parchment paper. One dough section at a time, roll out to about 1/4-inch thickness between two pieces of parchment or wax paper. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters. Transfer to prepared cookie sheet.


Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until set. Remove cookie sheet from oven to wire rack. Allow cookies to cool completely on cookie sheet before removing. Repeat rolling and baking cookie dough until all cookies are made.


Line several cookie sheets or trays with parchment paper; place cooled cookies on prepared sheets. Place milk chocolate chips and 1 tablespoon shortening in microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at medium (50%) 1 minute; stir. If necessary, microwave at medium an additional 15 seconds at a time, stirring after each heating, until chips are melted and mixture is smooth when stirred. Drizzle over cookies.


Repeat melting and drizzling procedure with white creme chips and remaining shortening. Allow drizzles to firm. Store cookies flat in one layer in cool, dry place or in refrigerator.


For a little sparkle, sprinkle sugar over drizzles before they firm.

Note: This recipe contains no leavening agent resulting in sharp clean cookie edges.

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