Monday, December 01, 2008

Magazine Monday #18: Cocoa Sugar Cookies

It's December which means Christmas baking bonanza! I started off the season by baking these cookies on the weekend that I found in the Dec. 2008 issue of Canadian Living. I just scored some cute cookie cutouts on my recent cross border shopping trip - six for $1 at a cool dollar store!

Cocoa Sugar Cookies

3/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder, sifted
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

1. Beat butter & sugar until fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Whisk together dry ingredients in a separate bowl and add to the butter mixture until just combined. Mix until the dough just comes together. Divide the dough in half and pat into a disc. Chill until firm, about 1 hour (I put mine in the freezer for 15 minutes - works every time).

2. On a floured surface, roll out to 1/4"/5mm thickness. Cut with cutters, rerolling scraps. (At this point the original recipe directs the baker to chill the cutouts in the freezer for 15 minutes, but I couldn't be bothered.) Bake @ 350F for 15 - 20 minutes. Cool on racks.

My dough didn't come together very well, so I had to add a few TBSP of milk, but after that, it was all smooth sailing. I decorated my cookies with royal icing made with 1 egg white and enough icing sugar to make an icing that can be piped easily through a small tip. The red and white sugar decorations are from Wilton.

This month, I am hosting Magazine Mondays while Ivonne takes a break. Joining me today with an absolutely decadent-looking recipe is Debbie of Taste of Sweetness and her Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding with Espresso Whipped Cream -totally drool-worthy! Check it!


Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Very pretty! Those cookies must be really yummy!



Captain Karen said...

Those look heavenly.

Meg said...

These look so yummy and they are decorated beautifully!

Joie de vivre said...

Your cookies are beautiful! I've never been very patient with the decorating, but I do appreciate it.

Wandering Coyote said...

Thanks everyone!

Debbie said...

I could so go for a cocoa cookie right now. I'm going to have to try this recipe. I bet these would be so good sandwich between that new Dreyer's Peppermint Ice Cream that is out right now. :)

Wandering Coyote said...

Debbie: Ah, yes, that does sound amazing! We don't get Dreyer's up here (post about that later this week) but we have other brands available.

Emily Rose said...

these are so pretty!

sp said...

Those look amazing! I'm inspired.


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