Double Chocolate Sugar Cookies

Hello, friends! FIRSTLY – my second cookbook, The Savvy Cook, is available for pre-order! It’ll be coming out in the UK (29th June), US (20th June) and Australia & New Zealand (25th July) and you can pre-order via these links:

Amazon UK
Amazon US
The Book Depository (Worldwide)

If you pre-order the book now, there’s also a fun bonus: email your receipt to and I’ll send you a free bonus recipe booklet with 10 vegetarian mains/sides + 2 dessert recipes! (The bonus will only be available to those who pre-order)

I’ll be doing a post dedicated to The Savvy Cook soon so you can get more info! But just a quick outline – it’s all vegetarian recipes with lots of vegan/gluten-free variations throughout. The recipes are easy to make, everyday-style recipes (over 120 of them!!!) and there’s a mixture of savoury & sweet recipes throughout.

I’m also going to be coming to New York for the US launch so watch out for event announcements on here or my social media (same goes for London!). Plus if anyone has ideas for where I should eat/what I should do in NYC (book-wise + also visiting-wise) let me knooow please!!

Thanks, everyone 🙂

Now onto today’s recipe:

I’ve been drinking a hell of a lot of tea lately, mainly because of the fact I’m in full on revision mode and tea breaks are the main thing keeping me sane. So along with all that tea, I’ve been needing some good revision snacks. Dudes, the brain runs on glucose so you know what that means – cookies are ideal revision snacks!?

These chocolate sugar cookies from Sarah’s mouth-watering cookbook, The Vanilla Bean Baking Book*, are ideal at the moment. They’re a little crispy, a little chewy, and a whole lot chocolatey! I wanted to be a bit extra when making them so I also stirred mini chocolate chips into the cocoa-based dough to double up that chocolate hit. The best thing about these cookies is that, by rolling the dough in sugar before baking, you get a sparkly, crispy crust on the finished cookies. It just makes them extra special and, in my opinion, is much nicer than when you get those chocolate cookies rolled in powdered sugar – I’ve ended up inhaling that powdered sugar before and I can say that lungs do not like that v. much.

The dough comes together easily (I mixed it up by hand) and also keeps in the fridge for a few days (which I like because then I can spend 10 minutes more having a tea break waiting for cookies to bake hahah). If you do decide to chill the dough to use later just shape it into a log and wrap in cling film. Then you can cut off portions later when you want to bake!

Double Chocolate Sugar Cookies

Double Chocolate Sugar Cookies

Yield: 11 -12 cookies


  • 1¾ cups (249 g) all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup (50 g) natural cocoa powder, or a combination cocoa powder
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (227 g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1¾ cups (347 g) sugar, plus 1 cup (198 g) for rolling
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (40g) mini chocolate chips


  1. Adjust an oven rack to the middle position. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle, beat the butter on medium until smooth. Add the 1¾ cups sugar and beat on medium until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and beat on medium until combined. Add the flour mixture and chocolate chips and beat on low until just combined.
  4. Place the remaining 1 cup of the sugar in a medium bowl.
  5. Form the cookies into 3-ounce (85 g) balls (a scant ⅓ cup each). Roll each ball in the sugar and place 6 cookies on each prepared sheet pan. Bake one sheet at a time 11 to 14 minutes, until the edges have set and the centres are puffed and starting to crackle.
  6. Transfer the baking sheet to a wire rack and let the cookies cool completely on the pan.


- Slightly adapted from 'The Vanilla Bean Baking Book' by Sarah Kieffer

- Sarah's recipe originally instructs you to make 11-12 large cookies (as in the recipe written above) but I made about 20 smaller cookies and baked for 8-10 minutes instead

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  • Kelsey @ Appeasing a Food Geek May 2, 2017 at 11:18 am

    Yay just pre-ordered! I cannot wait to see the new book! Congratulations Izy! xoxo

    • Izy May 3, 2017 at 11:47 am

      hooray! Thanks, Kelsey xx

  • Carina May 2, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    I have been eagerly awaiting this announcement! I’m SO excited and cannot wait 🙂

    • Izy May 3, 2017 at 11:46 am

      hehe I’m glad to hear it! Thanks, Carina x

  • Eleanor Frances May 2, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    These look so so delicious! Congratulations on the book x
    Eleanor Frances | UK Style Blog

    • Izy May 3, 2017 at 11:46 am

      Thanks so much, Eleanor!

  • erika May 2, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    Congrats on the book! will there be a digital version?

    • Izy May 3, 2017 at 11:44 am

      Thank you! Yes, there will be an ebook version 🙂

  • Mischelle May 3, 2017 at 9:40 am

    I have your first cookbook and followed you through blogspot! I am so excited for you! ???

    • Izy May 3, 2017 at 11:45 am

      thanks so much, Mischelle!

  • Emily Jelassi May 3, 2017 at 10:33 am

    these cookies look amazing and so delicious…can’t wait to make them 🙂 congratulations on the book! i will definitely pre-order it! 😀

    • Izy May 3, 2017 at 11:45 am

      aw thank you, Emily! You’re the best x

  • Sophie Casmano May 4, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    Izy! A big congrats on your new book. I just purchased your first book and it has been a go-to for me. It’s so inspiring to see a fellow young college student pursuing their dreams! Sending all the love your way, especially during your revisions! xoxo

    • Izy May 7, 2017 at 9:49 am

      thanks so much Sophie!! Really glad you liked my first book x

  • NightAngels May 5, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    Wow amazing delicious looking chocolate cookies.I will go and make that recipe right now!. Thanks for sharing

  • chefxchange May 16, 2017 at 11:58 am

    I fully cannot wait to get home and try this – revising in a library without an oven is clearly the wrong choice :'(

    Great recipe – thank you for sharing!

    ps. Good Luck!!!!

  • threebrits May 20, 2017 at 6:00 am

    These look amazing!!
    Is your book available in the UK or only US?

    • Izy May 20, 2017 at 9:06 am

      Thank you! It’s coming out in the U.K. too 🙂 it’s the first Amazon link at the top of the page here

  • Jessi June 26, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    I can’t wait to make this so delicious looking cookies!!! Thank you for a great recipe.

  • Mimi Chau July 3, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    Hi! These look so yummy! I have a question though. If I want to make mini cookies how big should I make them?

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