homemade chocolate cookies

Makes 24 cookies

Cookie Dough


  • 4 tablespoons softened unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • Cookie Filling (recipe below)


  1. Combine the butter and sugar in a bowl. Using an electric beater or wooden spoon, cream the butter and sugar until thickened, but not fluffy.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the egg yolk, vanilla, and baking soda. Add to the butter mixture and mix until smooth.
  3. In a medium bowl, sift together the salt, flour, and cocoa powder. Add to the butter mixture and mix until combined. It may look dry.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  5. Turn the mixture out onto a clean work surface and knead into a ball. Divide in half. Dust the surface with cocoa powder and roll the dough to 1/4-inch thick. If you’d like, roll the dough with a textured rolling pin for a decorative pattern.
  6. Cut 24 cookies with a 2-inch round cutter. Transfer to a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Bake until the cookies appear matte, about 15 minutes. Cool on the pan for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling. Repeat with the second piece of dough for 48 total cookies.
  7. Pipe the filling onto half of the cookies, then top each cookie with another to create a sandwich. Set the cookies aside to rest for at least 25 minutes before serving.

Cookie Filling


  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened and cubed
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted


  1. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Strain the butter into the bowl of a stand mixer, and add the vanilla, salt, and confectioners’ sugar.
  2. Mix on low speed for about 1 minute, then gradually increase the speed to high and beat for another 2 to 3 minutes. The mixture should be slightly thick and smooth.
  3. Transfer to a piping bag and use immediately.

One Comment

  1. nknjbubna@gmail.com

    any replacement of eggs?

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