This weekend in Boston we finally got snow, and lots of it! Although there was a storm in October (that’s right, October) the snow didn’t last long and the winter has been pretty mild. After a morning at the gym, I was dying to bake something with my new mixer, but I didn’t want to venture out in the terrible weather to buy ingredients. So, I rummaged through my kitchen cabinets and lined everything up on the counter, and tried to figure out what I could make with the basics: sugar, flour, butter, vanilla, eggs, and cocoa powder. Earlier in the week, I made brownies and I didn’t want to make plain sugar cookies. After some Google-ing and blog-reading, I found this blog (I think it is my new fave) and this awesome recipe for chocolate sugar cookies!
Annie’s blog not only has great dessert recipes, but she has AMAZING decorating tips, especially for novice and non-professional bakers. I’ve already started to scour the Internet and Amazon for the best pastry bags and tips (I would love any advice, readers!)
Hope you guys enjoyed your snowy weekend. Drink some tea, coffee, or chocolate–or all three–enjoy some cookies and snuggle under a blanket :)
And FYI, the pink beauty is now called Sandra Lee.
Chocolate Sugar Cookies
- 3/4 cups all purpose flour
- 1/3 cup baking cocoa powder
- pinch of salt
- 6 tbsp. butter (room temperature)
- 3/4 cup confectioners aka powdered sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- In a small bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder and salt, mix together and set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine the sugar and butter with an electric mixer. Beat on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, approx 2-3 minutes (I put Sandra Lee on speed 4 and it seemed to work fine). Blend in the egg and vanilla. With the mixer on low speed, add the dry ingredients and mix just until incorporated and no streaks remain. Form the dough into a disc, wrap tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, 1-2 hours.
- Preheat the oven to 325˚ F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. On a lightly floured work surface, roll the dough out to about ¼-inch thickness. Cut out desired shapes with cookie cutters and place cut outs on the prepared baking sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes, just until set. Let cool on the baking sheet about 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Decorate as desired.
I didn’t get a chance to snap a picture of the cookies before my roommates and I devoured them during our Lifetime movie marathon. And yes, those are Christmas cookie shapes (when there is snow on the ground, Christmas is always in season).
Be on the lookout for a special birthday/bachelorette themed post next week–mature audiences only :) Happy baking and remember, it’s a cake walk!