Saturday, October 29, 2011

Chocolate Sugar Cookies

In my quest for the ultimate soft and chewy sugar cookie, I stumbled upon a Martha Stewart recipe for sugar cookies that added cocoa powder. They looked big and chewy, so I thought I might as well try them out. 

The only thing I changed was to add the step of rolling the cookies in sugar before baking. I mean, come on Martha, they are sugar cookies. 


Chocolate Sugar Cookies

Ingredients
  • 1 1/2c flour
  • 1/2c unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1t baking powder
  • 1/2t salt
  • 8T unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2c sugar
  • 1/2c shortening
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2t vanilla
  • 1/2c sugar for rolling
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 and parchment up your baking sheets. 
  2. Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt; set aside. 
  3. Cream butter and sugar on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy. Then, mix in shortening. Add egg and vanilla; mix until creamy. 
  4. Reduce speed to low. Gradually add flour mixture, and mix until just combined. 
  5. Using a 1.5T scoop out 2 scoops and smash them together in a ball and roll in sugar.
  6. Place dough onto baking sheets and give each cookie a little smash-y smash. 
  7. Bake until edges are firm, 15 to 18 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks.
What can I say? These were giant, chocolate, sugar cookies. They were good, but not enough to justify bodily harm to a friend or relative.

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