Decorated Chocolate Cut-Out Cookies

Level: Intermediate
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 8 min
Cooling Time: 1 hrs
Yields: 36 cookies (3 dozen)


These chocolate cut-out cookies are a nice contrast to the usual plain sugar cookies. Decorate them with your favorite frostings, designs and colors.


  • 8 oz. NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Baking Bar, broken into pieces
  • 2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup light or dark corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 container (16 oz.) prepared vanilla frosting, colored as desired (or colored icing in tubes)


PREHEAT oven to 350° F.

MICROWAVE broken baking bars in a medium, uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on HIGH (100%) power for 1 minute; STIR. If pieces retain some of their shape, microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals, stirring just until smooth. Cool to room temperature.

COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Beat butter and sugar in a small mixing bowl until creamy; beat in corn syrup and melted chocolate. Alternately beat in flour mixture and water. Shape dough into 2 round discs; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for about 1 hour or until firm.

ROLL each disc to 1/4-inch thickness between two sheets of waxed paper. Cut with cookie cutters; place on ungreased baking sheets. Refrigerate if dough becomes too soft.

BAKE for 6 to 8 minutes or until set. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. Decorate as desired.

Very Good

by N. Natashaj , Maplewood , NJ on Jun. 2009

Though my cookies didn't come out like the picture, they taste great

Soft & Chewy

by J. Jan , PLATTE CITY, MO on Apr. 2009

For those chocolate lovers out there, this is a softly flavored cookie that also remains soft and chewy no matter how long they stay on the counter. (which isn't very long) I made them up for Easter for give-away cookies, and received many compliments. Happy Baking!!!

very good

by M. Michele , MORENO VALLEY, CA on Apr. 2008

This recipe is great. I made this for the first time with my kids and they had a blast. I will definetly make these again.

Kids Love being creative with these!

by L. Lori , RICHMOND, VA on Jan. 2006

I teach an after-school cooking enrichment class at a local grade school and my studetns had a blast with this brought out all their creative strengths!


by J. Jackie , NORTHRIDGE, CA on Mar. 2005

I LOVED this recipe. My son is allergic to eggs so it was the perfect treat to take to his preschool class for St. Patrick's Day. We love using cookie cutters for various holidays so we were thrilled to be able to use our new St. Paddy's Day shapes for this recipe. He proclaimed the cookies to be "deeelicious."

Decorated Chocolate Cut-Out Cookies

by T. Tammy , STARKS, LA on Mar. 2005

SOOOGood!! We loved making them an really enjoyed eating them. A good recipe to keep.

Decorated Chocolate Cut-Out Cookies

by A. Alice , STRONGSVILLE, OH on Mar. 2005

These are very good. We frosted some with the Old Fashioned Root Beer Frosting recipe from the Swapped Recipe section - really good, you just can't stack them to store.

Great Cookie

by J. Janet , kenosha, WI on Mar. 2005

These were a nice change from the usual sugar cookies expecially for all the chocolate lovers in my family.

Great Cookies

by C. Carrie , NEW ALBANY, IN on Feb. 2005

I make sugar cookie cutouts all the time. This was a nice change and my family really like them.

The kids love it

by j. joel , FORT DODGE, IA on Feb. 2005

I love to watch the kids bake and then decorate things that they bake. It makes me feel good seeing them in the kitchen and smiling, laughing and having fun. That is until it is time to clean-up.....