Chocolate Sugar Cookies and a Second Blogiversary! {Giveaway!}

Chocolate Sugar Cookies for a blog birthday!

Honestly, I never thought today would come.

Not the date, that’s a given. Not Wednesday, that’s just…Monday III. No, when I say that I never expected today to come, I mean this post. Right now. Right here. Me, celebrating the second anniversary of the date that I pressed “publish” on my first ever post.

Last year, on my first blogiversary, I talked about how much I deliberated before I started my blog. And I discussed how utterly amazed I was when people started to come, to read, and to cook.

And over the last 12 months, my amazement has grown, just like the blog. It’s amazing how many of you come visit my tiny little corner of the internet. I’m awed and flattered to be a part of so many of your kitchens.

It’s been a crazy year. Crazy good, really. Some folks have taken notice of my little blog. I’ve met some amazing friends, both fellow bloggers and readers. I’ve started to work as a freelance food and product photographer. I’ve baked a ton of cookies.

And here we are. Two years in, and I am loving the blogging life. I love hearing from readers. I love seeing pictures of your creations based on my recipe. I love discovering that your parties, holidays and special occasions are made even more special by my recipes. Baking, cooking, photographing…it takes on a new life when I have you all behind me. I never thought I would keep at this for so long, but I did. You know why? Because you come. So I’d like to say:

Chocolate Sugar Cookies on overtime cook

And of course, keep coming back!

(Scroll past the recipe for the giveaway info!)

Chocolate Sugar Cookies for Decorating: 

By Miriam Pascal, OvertimeCook.Com

Adapted slightly from Brown Eyed Baker


6 cups flour

1 1/4 cups cocoa powder

2 cups (4 sticks) margarine or butter

2 cups sugar

1 cup light brown sugar

3 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract


In a small bowl, whisk together the flour and cocoa. Set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer over medium speed, cream together the margarine and sugars until smooth and creamy, a couple of minutes.

Add the eggs and vanilla extract, and beat until combined.

Turn the mixer to low and slowly add the flour mixture. Beat just until combined. Do not overmix.

Remove the dough from the bowl and separate into 3 sections. Place each section in a bag in the fridge and let chill for at least an hour, and up to a day.

When ready to bake:

Preheat oven to 325. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

Roll out the dough between two pieces of parchment paper. (Do not use flour as it will show up against the chocolate.) Roll the dough to about 1/4 of an inch. Don’t roll too thin or the stick will not fit properly in the cookie.

Cut shapes of your choice out of the cookie dough. Place cookie on the tray and gently push a stick into the cookie.

Bake at 325 for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside to cool completely before decorating.

Decorating Shortcut:

This is my favorite way to decorate sugar cookies, because it is super easy but still looks gorgeous! Nobody has to know…


Food paintbrush

light corn syrup

colored sanding sugar


Brush a thin layer of corn syrup over the surface of the cookie. Pour sanding sugar on top. Turn it over and shake gently to remove the excess sugar. Yes, it’s that simple!

Playing around: To line it with another color, pipe royal icing (using a #2 piping tip) around the edge and immediately dip into contrasting color. You can also play around with patterns and designs by coating only a part at a time with corn syrup, then decorating other parts of the cookie with a contrasting color sugar.

Chocolate Sugar Cookies with a decorating shortcut

Giveaway Details – THREE Winners: 

One of the things that I have been enjoying lately, that has also improved my knowledge and skills in the kitchen, is my subscription to a number of food related magazines. So in honor of my blogiversary, and to thank you all for reading, I want to share the fun with 3 of my lucky readers.

Three winners will win a 2 year subscription to one of the following magazines that I subscribe to and love – winner’s choice!

-Bon Appetit Magazine

-Saveur Magazine

-Taste of Home Magazine

How to Enter:

Please note: Each entry requires its own comment! Multiple entries in one comment will only be counted once!

You can enter as many of the following as you wish:

Entry #1 – Leave a comment on this post telling me how you found the blog, what your favorite recipe is, how long you’ve been reading, or really anything. I want to hear from you!

Entry #2 – Follow @OvertimeCook on twitter and leave a comment on this post telling me that you did.

Entry # 3- Like Tales of an Overtime Cook on Facebook and leave a comment on this post telling me that you did.

Entry # 4 – Follow @OvertimeCook on Pinterest and leave a comment on this post telling me that you did.

Entry # 5 – Subscribe to OvertimeCook via email (link is on the right sidebar of the blog). and leave a comment on this post telling me that you did.

Entry #6 – Follow Overtime Cook on Instagram and leave a comment on this post telling me that you did.

(If you already follow, like, subscribe, etc, that’s fine. Just comment and tell me so!)

Details: Giveaway is sponsored by me. Eligible to anyone with a US mailing address. Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm on Thursday, August 15th. Winner will be chosen at random and notified via email. Winner has 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. Must include valid email address to enter.

As always, thanks for stopping by! Hope you all enter the giveaway…good luck! Come back soon! -Miriam


  1. Nechamah says

    I love your blog. I am one of your earliest fans. I am so impressed by your professional growth and your talent. May you have many more years of successful blogging.

  2. brocha says

    I recently discovered your blog on Tisha B’Av when my friend and I were recipe searching online. I fell in love with your salad dressing and the pomegrante chicken salad.

  3. says

    I’ve been following you practically since you started. I love seeing what you bake, what ideas you come up with around the chagim, and how you style everything for the photos.

  4. Sarah says

    I found your website while looking for new supper ideas. I ended up taking a shot and making that night the black bean burger recipe with zucchini fries. Shockingly enough, my husband eat them both and really enjoyed! Ever since I have been following your blog!

  5. Freidi says

    Happy Birthday overtime cook!!!!!! These look awesome. Would love to try. Oh and yeah, I LOVE THIS BLOG!!!!!!

  6. Rachel R says

    I was just on the Internet and chanced upon your blog,I use it almost every day…..I share it with everyone and love everything about it:).i subscribed to receive the emails and like you on Facebook.

  7. Esti says

    Happy second! I already follow you on Instagram. I am fairly new to your blog (found you by searching for #ninedays recipes) and so I don’t really have a favorite recipe yet, but it must be said- your photography is gorgeous! I backtracked to some older posts, and the really cool part is that you can see your growth through the pics there just as much as (if not more obvious than) your recipes! You go, girl.

  8. blimi says

    Happy anniv! love your blog, my fave is pastrami stuffed shells, mock breaded cauliflower, roasted veg chickpea salad!

  9. says

    Happy second blogiversary!
    I know I should come back here every time I try something and I love it, and let you know. I don’t always get to it…but I want to say how much I love your blog…and how I use so many of your recipes all the time. Thank you!

  10. Sheindl says

    I have been following your blog for over a year- I think I came across your blog through a kosher blog connection on someone else’s page. I enjoy your creative baking recipes!

  11. Chani says

    I love so many of your recipes but I think my favorite is your 2 ingredient fudge. I built on it (not that it
    Needed tampering) to make s’mores fudge. I made a graham cracker crust and put the fudge on that. Topped with marshmallows once set and thrown under the broiler for 2 minutes and it was insanely good! Thanks for being a site full of recipes I can count on to be tried and true.

  12. Leah says

    1. I found you thru Fb
    2. I just liked u on Fb
    3. I just followed u on Instagram
    4. I’m following u on Pinterest

    Thanks !

  13. Malkie says

    I found you on Facebook and have been a big fan ever since! Everything I have made is amazing! My favorite cookie recipe has been the oatmeal peanut butter cookies. Yummmm

  14. Malkie says

    I found you one lucky day on Facebook and have been a huge fan ever since that day. My favorite cookie recipe is the oatmeal peanut butter. Yummmm

  15. Racheli Nacca says

    Hi! I liked you on FB, I very much enjoy going through your recipes, and sharing with freinds.. Your an amazing cook!!! Hatzlachu

  16. Shani says

    I was sent to your blog from and have been addicted ever since! Your recipes and pics are awesome, and your style of writing keeps me hooked!

  17. chayie says

    Hey miriam- congrats on reaching such a milestone!! im not sure how i found out about the blog- but im so happy i did!! My favorite recipe has to be either the zuchinni sticks or the smashed potatoes. i luve your emails, fb posts, instagram pics. KEEP UP THE AMAZING WORK :)

  18. Bonnie says

    Hi! So I found overtime cook on sister actually followed u and she told me to check u out!! So I just began following u a few months ago and I made so many things from the blog. Your chocolate chips cookies, broccoli kugel, cinnamon buns etc etc
    Thanks for sharing!! Wishing u much success!

  19. Maureen says

    I have a recipe that I make time and again because people love the item and it is lemon squares that came from a cookbook from the preschool that I went to. It is easy but they taste delicious.

  20. fruma says

    I found the blog on facebook when one of my friends shared a post. I tried the caramal bundt and the strawberry & cream bundt. Both were delicious! Never before had I eaten anything as amazing.

  21. AnnaZed says

    I like Tales of an Overtime Cook on Facebook where I am Margot Core

    margueritecore [at] gmail [dot] com

  22. Donna says

    I first found you on facebook, and then subscribed to your e-mails so that I don’t miss anything. You are an inspiration to those of us that hesitate in the kitchen. I always look forward to what you are up to next!

  23. says

    I think I’m one of the first ten fans – or if not at least a very early adopter :)! While I have no idea how I found your blog, I’m really happy that I did!!

  24. gittel says

    @OvertimeCook I’ve been following you on twitter since I created my account last year but was already reading your articles in the AMI. Funny as it sounds I enjoy reading your articles-rather than trying another cookie recipe! Hey, no mess to clean up after and no calories to burn! Mazel tov on this great milestone! Keep those entertaining articles and yummy recipes comin! Oh and favorite recipe (from

  25. Esti says

    I don’t remember when I started reading your blog but I love your posts and all the food looks yum! Some of my favorites that I have made are the marinated grilled chicken, zucchini fries, red velvet cookies, and the smore’s cheesecake.

  26. Esti says

    Follow you on:
    1) instagram
    2) pinterest
    3) facebook
    4) subscribed to the email list
    Love your blog! Congrats on 2 years!!

  27. Leah Trakhtenberg says

    I Love your blog! So many amazing recipes to choose from…my favorite one is my most recent one the no bake lemon cheesecake mousse cups. I made them for a freinds auf ruf and everyone loved them! Thanks for all your hard work :)

  28. Allison says

    Hi. I heard about your blog from my sister. She follows you and now so do I. My favorite recipes are the roasted red pepper chickepea salad and the mock breaded cauliflower. My husband always hated cauliflower. Now, I have to double the recipe so some of it can end up on the table before we serve it. :)

  29. rene says

    Happy blog anniversary!!!!!!! i found u on fb (whats for supper) i love all ur recipes that i tried!but the zebra bundt cake my family loves best!!!!!!!

  30. deegee says

    I love your blog and my favorite recipe is the commons buns with the cream cheese frosting. congratulations on a job well done!

  31. chaya says

    Happy second blogiversary.
    I love ur red velvet bundt cake family favorite
    Like your page on Facebook
    I’m subscribed to ur blog via email

  32. Kate says

    I found your blog by following a very tasty recipe: it was the grilled zucchini. Very yummy! I am following you on twitter and Pinterest. Love your blog and love the Facebook page. Keep up the good work, I am looking forward to many more recipes. I am rookie in the kitchen and you inspire me.

  33. faigy says

    A friend sent me a link to your blog, now I’m hooked. Always fun to find new recipes – I have a bunch saved for yomtov, but I especially love your bundt cakes

  34. says

    Happy 2nd blogiversary, Miriam! You shouldn’t be surprised at all that you have such a loyal, enthusiastic following – your blog rocks and everything you make is amazing. Your cookies look incredible – I love how you shaped and photographed them. Here’s to many more years of blogging!

  35. Alexis says

    I found your blog cuz I know you and I know you do unbelievable things in the kitchen. Happy blogiversary! 😀

  36. Sarah S says

    I found your blog via Facebook – for the life of me I can’t remember who “shared” one of your posts, but I’m so glad they did!

  37. says

    I love your blog! I’m a newly wed, and so I’m always looking for new ways to wow my new husband in the kitchen and your blog has definitely helped with that. My favorite recipes? I’m partial to all of the cookies myself :) Thanks for your awesome blog!

  38. Fay says

    I love the baked onion rings, pretzel crusted chicken, healthy muffins, chocolate chip cookies, and Asian chicken salad

  39. raizy says

    Congratulations miriam on successful 2 yr blogging! You’re a great inspiration to all us home cooks showing us that cooking can -and should be fun and interesting.
    My favorite recipe is your cream cheese coffee crumb cookies. I just made another batch of them!
    May you have many many more great blogging years!

  40. says

    Happy 2 years!! I believe you found me first through my guest post at Big Fat Baker. And I’m glad you did because your friendship means so much to me. Who else can I text about photo shoots 😉

    PS I’m so entering the giveaway so I can extend my subscription 😉

  41. Anne says

    Congratulations on your blogiversary! I wish I could tell you how I originally found your blog, but I don’t remember. It’s been a while, and I’ve switched email addresses I subscribed with, so I can’t even go back and check. I like reading your posts, and have plans to make your Blueberry Cupcakes later this month using those delicious tiny wild blueberries that grow everywhere here in Maine.

  42. Anne says

    Last but not least, and as I mentioned in my first comment, I’m an email subscriber to your blog, too, using the email address I’m commenting with.

    Sorry, but I don’t have a smartphone so I can’t do Instagram. Which is too bad, because I love your photographs.

  43. Rochel says

    Hi I love this blog and follow it regularly, I make the two color zuccini side dish all the time, and the roasted green beens, my all time favorite cookie is the creamsicle ice cream sandwiches that wher in ami last summer,

  44. Miriam F says

    i love your blog and have tried several recipes (everything except baked goods, so that’s kind of a waste.) my favorite by far is the caesar dressing and pastrami chicken. while i know that’s a guest post, the pictures are what drew me and also shows you know whom to host.

  45. dvora says

    A friend told me to check out your website bec. we went to the same high school. I have tried and liked many of your recipes, but my favorites would probably have to be the creamy basil dip and jalapeno dip! I make them every week for Shabbos and even had to bring them along when we went on vacation last week!

  46. Ln says

    Hi Miriam!

    I love your blog- your ideas are always so creative and beautiful looking- and Im always looking for recipes for special occasions. I especially love your decorating guides and tutorials.

  47. idy m says

    I started following your blog when you told me about it!
    (took some time for you to remember to tell me, though….)
    and I love it…. and you!

  48. says

    Happy blogiversary, Miriam! When there is quality content like your posts (recipes and photos), people find you and stay. Thank you for sharing your delicious recipes and photos with your readers! Blogging is fun, but I think the very best part is the community, bloggers and readers. :)
    These cookies are adorable! What a great way to make edible decorations for a cake or cupcake!!

  49. Danit Zerykier says

    I found your blog through kitchen tested. My favorite recipe is your flour less chocolate cookies. I already follow you on Facebook and twitter

  50. Kreindy says

    I don’t remember when I found your blog, but I’m sure glad I did. I love your recipes, and your photographs are amazing! I even saved your web page as an app on my screen. Congrats to another year of blogging success! Wishing you many more.

  51. Sarah Massry says

    I have been following your blog since the very beginning. The recipes are fantastic, the posts are entertaining, and the photos are beautiful!!

    Congrats on this milestone and all the best! You are amazing:)

  52. says

    Congrats on your blogiversary! I think I found your site by doing a google search for kosher recipes… it was so long ago, I can’t remember for sure. Love the decorated cookies!

  53. Shaina says

    I LOVE getting your emails, trying your recipes, and seeing your gorgeous pix!!! Keep them coming! Very Happy Blogiversarry!

  54. Cinammon Mum says

    I love your healthy recipes….every time I tried one of them it always became a family favorite.
    I like you on FB

  55. Ava says

    I heard about your blog from a friend, and have been following ever since ! Probably for a year and a half! I love trying some of your recipes, and getting new, creative ideas !

  56. Aviva says

    I honestly don’t even remember how I found your blog but I love your recipes – the zucchini sticks being my favorite!

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