Checkerboard Cookies

If you want to make cookies that’ll impress your friends and family, this recipe for checkerboard cookies is the perfect choice! Regardless of whether or not you’re a fan of chess or checkers, these cookies are simply awesome! Although they look pretty tricky, these cookies are actually quite simple to make, it will just require a bit of patience to assemble the checkerboard dough.

Checkerboard Cookies

The recipe is essentially a regular sugar cookie recipe, in which you’ll create a regular dough and a chocolate dough. Be careful to adhere to the recipe in terms of flour, because too much of it will cause the dough to become crumbly and it won’t stick together properly. It’s better to be safe and have to add a bit of extra at the end, than to realize you’ve added too much and try to compensate by adding liquid after the dough is already made.

Once you’ve made the dough (and chilled it for a bit), you’ll have to roll it out. This is really the most difficult part of the recipe, because your goal is to create a rectangle that is 6×4 inches in size, and approximately half an inch thick. If you’ve ever rolled cookie dough before, then you’ll be familiar with its tendency to roll out in a circular form. Use your hands to help shape the dough into a rectangle as you roll, and it will make the whole process easier. When you’ve finished rolling, try to get the outside edges as straight as possible by pressing the side of a knife against the dough, or trim the dough to the correct size if necessary.

Sticks of Dough

Now you’ll be dividing the 4-inch side into eight equal pieces (approximately half an inch wide). When you’ve cut up all your dough, you should have 16 long pieces of chocolate and plain dough.

At this point you’ll be ready to create the checkerboards! Choose 4 pieces of dough (2 chocolate pieces and 2 plain pieces) and stack them on top of one another, alternating between the plain and chocolate dough. Do this with the remaining dough, and make sure that two of the stacks have chocolate dough on the bottom, and the other two have plain dough on the bottom. Then press all four stacks together to form a checkerboard block. If you’ve done it correctly, the tops of the stacks should alternate between colours as well to create the checkerboard pattern. Make sure you press gently all throughout the entire long block of dough, to make sure that all of the dough sticks together.

After refrigerating the dough, you can easily slice it into cookies. The first one sliced off may look a bit uneven, but everything after that should look awesome!

Checkerboard cookie slices

Since checkerboard cookies are a little complicated, I created a video tutorial to guide you through the process. Check it out below, and be sure to subscribe to my channel if you aren’t already a subscriber!

Below you can find my recipe for checkerboard cookies. You can also print a copy of the recipe here: Checkerboard Cookies Recipe.

Checkerboard Cookies Recipe


  • 1 ¼ cup Softened butter
  • 1 cup Brown sugar (packed)
  • ½ cup Granulated sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • ¼ tsp Vanilla extract
  • 4 cups All-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • ¼ tsp Baking soda
  • 2 oz. Melted dark (or unsweetened) chocolate


  • In a large bowl, cream together the butter and the sugars until they’re light and fluffy.
  • Beat in the eggs and the vanilla until smooth.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Gradually add these dry ingredients to the wet mixture and blend. When the dough starts to come together, add more flour. Mix until it’s well incorporated.
  • Divide the dough in half and mix the melted chocolate into one half. Wrap both halves of dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for about one hour.
  • Divide each piece of dough into quarters (you will end up with 4 pieces of plain dough and 4 pieces of chocolate dough). Roll out one piece of dough between two sheets of wax paper (softening it in your hands for a few seconds before rolling, if necessary) to form a 6”x4” rectangle that is ½-inch thick. Use a knife to straighten the edges or trim to the correct size.
  • Place the dough with the short side facing you and slice it into 8 long pieces (½-inch wide). Repeat with the chocolate dough (you will have 16 pieces total).
  • Stack the strips on top of each other in groups of 4, alternating between plain and chocolate. Then push all four stacks together (again alternating) to form a block. Press firmly throughout to make sure the dough sticks together, then wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Use a knife to cut slices ¼-inch thick. Place the cookies on a baking sheet 1 inch apart and bake at 375°F for 10 minutes (or until just set).

Plate of Checkerboard Cookies

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