Latte Art Cookies and Chocolate Sugar Cookie Recipe!

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As I sit here writing this, I’m sipping on my favorite Holiday drink: the chestnut praline latte from Starbucks. It’s a good thing they don’t offer these all year round because I find them very difficult to resist while they’re available.

Latte art is always impressive, and if you’ve ever tried pouring steamed milk into a cup of espresso to create a pretty design, you know it’s not as easy as some baristas make it look (just ask Kawaii Sweet World!). I think it’s safe to say that these latte art cookies are a little easier to master than actual latte art, and if you mess up, you can always scrape the icing off and start again 🙂


Here’s what you’ll need for this project:

Colors: The Wilton Color Right color system was used to create all of the icing colors in this set of cookies.



Watch the video to see how I made these latte art cookies and scroll down for the recipe.

Chocolate Cookies

Yields about 3 dozen 3-inch cookies


4 cups (575 grams) all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

1 cup (85 grams) cocoa powder

1 teaspoon (4 grams) salt

1 cup (226 grams) butter, softened

2 cups (450 grams) sugar

2 eggs, room temperature

1 teaspoon (5 mL) vanilla extract

1/2 cup (122 grams) milk


1. Sift the flour, cocoa powder and salt into a medium bowl. Whisk to combine.

2. In large bowl, beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer (handheld, or a stand

mixer fitted with the paddle attachment) on medium speed until the mixture is light and

fluffy, about 5 minutes. Scrape down the bowl and beater with a rubber spatula as


4. Add one egg and mix on low speed until it’s well blended. Stop the mixer, scrape the

bowl, add the second egg, and beat until well blended. Add the vanilla and milk and beat

until well blended.

5. Add the dry ingredients and beat on low speed, stopping once to scrape the bowl, until

they’re incorporated and the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl, about 15

seconds. Do not over-mix. The dough should be soft and somewhat sticky, but not so

sticky that it’s difficult to handle. If the dough feels too soft, add flour until it stiffens up

(2 Tbs. at a time). If the dough is very dry and crumbly, add another 2 to 3 Tbs. milk to

soften it.

6. Divide the dough in half and roll each half into a 1-inch-thick rectangle. Wrap each

half tightly in plastic and chill the dough for at least 1 hour in refrigerator. You can also

freeze the dough for later use; the dough can last in the freezer for up to 3 months.

7. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and let it soften slightly for 15 to 20 minutes.

Roll the dough on a floured sheet of parchment or waxed paper to 3/16 inch thick. Layer

the dough on a baking sheet and chill for another 30 minutes.

8. Position racks in the upper and lower third of the oven and heat the oven to 350°F

(175°C) Line two or more rimmed baking sheets with parchment or nonstick baking


9. With a floured cookie cutter, cut the cookies while the dough is cold and arrange the

cutouts on the prepared pans. Freeze until very firm, another 15 minutes.

10. Bake two pans at a time, rotating and switching their positions halfway through, 10

to 12 minutes. Meanwhile, press the dough scraps together, re-roll, chill, and cut more

shapes; freeze. Cool the cookies completely on a rack before decorating.

Click on the images below for more cookie projects!

22 thoughts on “Latte Art Cookies and Chocolate Sugar Cookie Recipe!

  1. Hello Amber! Love your work. I want to make these cookies for gifts. Will they be ok for a few days since they have milk in them?

  2. Hi Amber, I just stumbled upon your chocolate roll out cookie recipe through Pinterest…my question, can I use this recipe with other cookie cutters other than round ones? Will the cookie hold its shape? Thanks!! Love your work!!!

  3. Hi Amber,

    I just baked your cookies and they are the best cacao tasting cookies ever! You are a genius. Many thanks for sharing this recipe with us.

    Regards from NL,

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