Chocolate Chip Cut-Out Cookies


I love these Chocolate Chip Cut-Out Cookies because chocolate chip cookies are my favorite cookie. Funny because I’m usually attracted to fun flavors, not boring classics. I may not want a plain vanilla cupcake or ordinary chocolate ice cream, but don’t mess with my chocolate chip cookie (unless you put bacon and cherries in it. By all means, mess away).

I can’t remember the last time I used a cookie cutter. I’m going to assume I did for Christmas, but nothing is jumping out. I actually have a good collection of cookie cutters, including several dinosaur ones, but I usually don’t have the patience or skill for decorated cookies.

For the frosting, I used vanilla buttercream. If you’re wondering why my frosting isn’t all white, it’s because I had leftover swirled buttercream from my Red, White, and Blue Firecracker Cupcakes. I decided to stick with the patriotic theme and make a mess with chocolate and sprinkles. Yup, I’m pretty much a big kid.

The chocolate piping was easier than I thought. You melt chocolate chips directly in a sandwich bag, push all of the chocolate to one corner, snip a tiny hole, then pipe. While the chocolate is still hot, pour on sprinkles so they’ll stick. It’s best if you spread on buttercream before piping the chocolate.

Yields 12

Chocolate Chip Cut-Out Cookies
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1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 1/2 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg yolk
1 1/4 cups flour
3/4 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
Vanilla Buttercream:
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
Pinch of salt
1/4 tsp vanilla
Sprinkles to decorate
Chocolate Glaze:
1/4 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips


  1. For the cookies: In a large bowl, beat together butter, both sugars, vanilla, and salt until creamy. Beat in egg yolk. Gradually beat in flour then stir in chocolate chips. Remove the dough from the bowl and place it between two sheets of plastic wrap. Roll the dough flat until it is 1/4-inch thick. Chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour or until firm.
  2. Line two cookie sheets with either silicone mats or parchment paper. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and remove the top layer of plastic wrap. Cut into shapes and place shapes on the cookie sheets. As you run out of dough to cut, gather up the dough scraps and reroll. Repeat until all of the dough is used up. Chill the cookie sheets in the refrigerator while you preheat the oven to 350F.
  3. When the oven is ready, bake the cookies 9-11 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand for 3 minutes then remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  4. Meanwhile, prepare the vanilla buttercream. In a medium bowl, beat together sugar, butter and salt until creamy. Increase the speed to high and beat until creamy, 3-5 minutes. Add vanilla and beat for another minute.
  5. When the cookies are ready, decorate with sprinkles and buttercream.
  6. For the chocolate glaze: Place the chocolate chips in a plastic sandwich bag - do not seal. Microwave for 45 seconds then knead until smooth. Squeeze all of the chocolate to one corner of the bag then make a small cut to the corner. Pipe the chocolate onto the cookies as desired. Let the chocolate harden before serving.

Source: Adapted fom Nestle Toll House Best-Loved Cookies

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  1. Just wrap up the whole batch and send them to me please! What pretty cookies and might tasty looking too.

  2. Carla, I can’t wait to see your post every week because it has been such a pleasure to see your blog evolve. This post and photography is just gorgeous!

  3. Very cool, Carla!

  4. I have never made cut out chocolate chip I always stick to boring sugar, but I love chocolate chip so much more! I’m looking forward to trying.

  5. Never thought of making cut-out cc cookies! Smart! (Visiting you from #SS)

  6. I’ve never done a chocolate chip cut-out cookie! Why not? Because I’m not as smart as you!

    We’ll be making these in our kitchen. You know we will. :D

  7. Chocolate Chip is hands-down my favorite cookie! And now there’s a cut out version – AWESOME!

  8. These are so freaking adorable! My nephew would love to help me make this!

  9. Kids will definitely love making these! My kids love it anytime sprinkles are involved. Great photos!

  10. My nephew would be all over this! He loves chocolate chip cookies, but loves to decorate too. I think we’d pull out my Ninja Bread Men cookie cutters for this project :)

  11. Oh, boy, would my kids be hanging out in the kitchen if these gems were in the works!!! So yummy!

  12. These look fabulous…choc chip is my all-time FAVE cookie! Add icing and sprinkles? More the better…I’m a big kid at heart too!!

  13. These cookies are the cutest. I’ll take some, please. Happy #SundaySupper, Carla!

  14. So yummy. I love a great cookie. These are so adorable too so that’s a bonus.

  15. So my favourite cookies are just plain boring sugar cookies with icing. But my husband finds them too dull I think I will give these a try and see if we can satisfy both taste preferences. Thanks

  16. I love this idea. Especially since sugar cookies and I do not get along. (I’ve never made a good one, and my wife is still struggling with it.) We’ll have to give these a shot!

  17. A twist on two classics, fantastic idea! I like rustic decorations too. They look perfect for so many occasions!

  18. this is so pretty and it’s not even too difficult to make. Love it.

  19. I know none of my kids would mind having a big stack of those cookies placed in front of them! I hadn’t thought to add chocolate chips to cut outs, I love the idea!

  20. Too cool, never seen chocolate chippers as cutouts!

  21. How fun I have never made cut outs with chocolate chip cookies

  22. Do you think that this will work well with detailed cutouts? Some of the cutout cookies I made just made the details hard to see.

    • When I made the stars, they did spread a little, which is why I ended up outlining the shape with chocolate. Depending on how detailed you are getting, I’d say probably not a good idea with this dough unless you pipe the details.

  23. Do these cookies turn out softer or chrunchier?

    • They are more on the crunchy side than soft side, but they aren’t crispy like a cracker. It’ll also depend on how thin you roll them. If you leave them too thick, they may be softer than intended.

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