This year for the holidays, I did something a little different. For the first time, one of my really great friends and I got together for a baking date. Both of our recipes are from one of the cookbooks she has which is Martha Stewart’s Cookies. Today we will start with the first one we chose: Giant Chocolate Sugar Cookies. Except ours are many times smaller because this recipe should make 8 but we ended up with 28 (approximately).
Chocolate Sugar Cookies
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup vegetable shortening (or 1/2 cup unsalted butter), melted and cooled
1 large egg
1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1. Preheat oven to 375F. Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in a bowl.
2. Put butter and sugar into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy. Mix in melted shortening (or butter). Add egg and vanilla extract; mix until creamy. Reduce speed to low. Gradually add flour mixture, and mix until just combined.
3. Using a 2 1/2-inch ice cream scoop, drop dough onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper, spacing about 4 inches apart. Bake until edges are firm, 18 to 20 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks. Cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature up to 2 days.
I had been thinking about chocolate sugar cookies since forever. The best part is that because its made with cocoa powder, it has no milk meaning that I can eat it. If you aren’t aware, I used to not be able to even digest cocoa but somehow in the past few months, I gave it shot and its all good now. I don’t abuse the privilege my stomach has given me but these cookies are delicious! For sugar cookies, the balance of the chocolate taste and the sugar level is pretty awesome. They were a little chewy with a little crunch on the edges. It reminds me of why I love making cookies so much.
Plus, my friend has this fantastic standing mixer from Kitchenaid that has totally convinced me of why I should dish out the money to invest into one 🙂 And, the fact that I need those lovely ice cream scoops so that I make these perfectly sized cookies.
Baking is fun but baking with friends is even better! 🙂
Do you like sugar cookies? What types of cookies are your favorite?