How to Add Cocoa to a Sugar Cookie Mix

By Kittie McCoy

A simple package of store-bought sugar cookie mix is a great base to create any kind of cookies you want quickly and easily. You can make chocolate sugar cookies by blending cocoa into the completed dough along with a little shortening to keep the dough moist and pliable. Remember to always add a small amount of liquid ingredients when you add extra dry ingredients to keep the dough from becoming crumbly and difficult to work with.

Cocoa powder in measuring spoons
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Step 1

Prepare the sugar cookie mix in a large mixing bowl by following the ingredients on the package. Use your hands to form an indentation in the center of the dough.

Step 2

Measure 2 tbsp. of shortening, and place in a microwave-safe cup or bowl. Melt the shortening in the microwave on high for approximately one minute.

Step 3

Stir 6 tbsp. of unsweetened cocoa powder into the melted shortening. Stir until the cocoa powder dissolves.

Step 4

Pour the melted shortening and cocoa into the center of the sugar cookie dough. Allow the shortening to cool until you can touch it without burning your hands.

Step 5

Knead the cocoa and shortening mixture into the sugar cookie dough with your hands until the dough is one uniform color.

Step 6

Shape and bake the cookies as directed on the sugar cookie mix packaging.