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Chewy Chocolate Snickerdoodles

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5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Yield 2 ½ dozen (30 cookies)
Category Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Lauren


Chewy chocolate snickerdoodle cookies! The ultimate upgrade from the classic treat. Rolled in a spiced (and spicy) sugar mixture, these cookies are anything BUT boring!


  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick), softened
  • ½ cup vegetable shortening (8 tablespoons)
  • 1 cup sugar + ¼ cup for rolling
  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons chinese five spice
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper


  • Whisk flour, cocoa powder, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt together.
  • Using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter, shortening, sugar, and brown sugar on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes; scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Reduce speed to low and add eggs, one at a time, and vanilla, and beat until incorporated; scraping down sides of bowl as needed.
  • Reduce speed to low and slowly add flour mixture until just combined. Using a spatula give dough a final stir, making sure no dry flour remains at bottom of bowl. Transfer dough to refrigerator and chill 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, heat oven to 375°F with rack set in middle position. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Whisk together remaining ¼ cup sugar, five spice and cayenne.
  • Working with 2 tablespoons of dough at a time (about 1 ounce), roll dough into balls, then roll in sugar-spice mixture to coat; arrange 2 inches apart on prepared sheets.
  • Bake cookies, 1 sheet at a time, until edges of cookies are set but centers are soft, puffy and cracked (they should look underbaked and raw between the cracks), 10–12 minutes, rotating sheet halfway through baking.
  • Let cookies cool on sheet 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat rolling, baking and cooling with remaining dough.


Serving: 1cookieCalories: 136kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 2gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3.5gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 45mgFiber: 1gSugar: 10g
Keywords chewy chocolate cookie, chocolate cookie, Chocolate snickerdoodle
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