Chocolate Christmas Cookies………..

It’s that time again. Wow, can it really be the holidays already? I started my Christmas cookie painting. Usually I do vanilla sugar cookies but I have been in the mood to do chocolate this year. This is a really good chocolate cookie. It tastes a bit like a brownie….chewy….not too sweet. They are sturdy, they dont spread while baking and it’s a great cookie for decorating but you really don’t even have to paint them. You can just dust them with powdered sugar and they are delicious. I decorated this batch with white royal icing. But you can use any kind of frosting you want….even a spreadable buttercream frosting.

Ok, gotta go. More cookies to bake and paint!!

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Chocolate Roll out Sugar Cookies

1  1/2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1  1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp instant coffee (optional)
1  1/4 cup sugar
pinch of salt
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 egg

Stir together the flour, salt, baking powder and cocoa. Set aside. In a mixing bowl, mix together the butter and sugar until creamy. Beat in the egg. Gradually add in the flour at a low speed. Don’t over mix. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill for at least 3 hours. Heat oven to 350. Remove dough from refrigerator and roll out into a 1/4″ thickness, making sure to lightly flour your cutting board and rolling pin. Cut into desired shapes. Place pieces on an ungreased cookie sheet, 1″ apart and bake for 8 minutes. Allow cookies to cool for 5-7 minutes on the cookie sheet. Wait for cookies to completely cool before decorating.

Note: This is a very dark color cookie. They don’t spread while baking. They are a sturdy, chewy cookie.

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