Dutch Cocoa Sugar Cookies


Back in my younger, “huskier” days, I could kill a box of Archway’s Dutch Cocoa Cookies in less than 30 minutes. A glass of milk, an episode of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and a dozen or so of these tasty little bastards was my pre-pubescent definition of heaven. So, when I decided to try and replicate them the other week, I was expecting to be disappointed with the results. Fortunately, and I say this without hyperbole, this is the best cookie I have ever made. Or, as a buddy of mine told me after trying them, “Holy f*cking sh*t! Those cookies are amazing!” They’re incredibly easy to make too.


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter (at room temperature)
  • 2+1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs (at room temperature)
  • 2 tsp vanilla

* Tip: Don’t go broke buying artisanal cocoa powder or organic flour or small batch vanilla or whatever. These are cookies. Save your money for stuff that matters.


  1. Whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt in a bowl of some sort (ideally one large enough to hold them). Set aside.
  2. Using a mixer (preferably of the stand variety—they’re fun to use) cream the butter and 2 cups of sugar.
  3. Throw in the vanilla and one of the eggs until they’re nicely mixed. Throw in the second egg and mix until combined.
  4. Add in the flour mixture, a little at a time, until it’s completely incorporated (you may need to scrape the sides of the bowl).
  5. Chill the dough for 1 or 2 hours, until completely firm. You’ll want to wrap it in plastic, or, if you’re lazy like me, just cover the mixing bowl with a plate.
  6. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  7. Roll the dough into balls (about 1.5 inches in diameter) and then roll ’em around in the remaining 1/2 cup of sugar, completely coating them.
  8. Bake for 12 – 15 minutes on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet—they’re done with nice cracks have formed. Do not overcook, these should be chewy. Remove from oven and cool for a minute or two before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling.
  9. Bring ’em to the office and bask in the love your co-workers now have for you.


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