Sugar Cookies are great, but Chocolate Sugar Cookies ? Now we’re talking something extra special!
It was VERY cold this weekend here in Minnesota. I’m talking temperatures of -4 for the high; and it snowed. Since those frigid temperatures and that blowing snow happened on a Saturday, that meant it was a PERFECT day for baking! Actually, for me, any day is a great day for baking, but when it’s cold and blustery, it’s even better. The warm oven heats up the kitchen and whatever is baking always smells so good. The whole house just feels cozier. And during January in the Northland, I am ALL ABOUT trying to be cozy.These Chocolate Sugar Cookies are just the just the ticket for cozy winter baking. They are crisp on the outside and tender on the inside, with a rich chocolatey flavor. Chocolate is one of my favorite flavors. Is it one of yours? Whenever there is a dessert or cookie choice, I always opt for whatever contains chocolate.
These aren’t over-the-top fudgy, like some cookies. Because you make them with cocoa, rather than melted chocolate, the chocolate flavor is a little less intense. You could even eat them with a mug of hot chocolate and I don’t think it would send you into chocolate overload. But they are also perfect with cup of coffee or a glass of cold milk.
There are a few key steps to focus on when you make these. The first is to sift the dry ingredients together. Many time I skip this step, but in this case, you should be sure to sift. Sifting will remove any lumps in the cocoa and will make sure the cocoa and flour get evenly distributed, so you don’t need to over beat the dough. If you don’t have a sifter, a sieve or small colander will work too.
You will mix up the dough like most other cookie dough. The butter, sugar and eggs get beaten together and then the sifted dry ingredients get stirred in.
Now comes the next part you can’t skip. Chilling the dough. These cookies are made with a fair amount of butter and so it’s important to chill the dough so your cookies don’t spread too much. You should plan for at least an hour, but you can definitely chill it longer. I sometimes make the dough one day and bake them the next. It’s really up to you and your own busy schedule.
Once you have chilled the dough, you simply form the dough into 1-inch balls, roll them in sugar and bake them. How easy is that? Chocolate Sugar Cookies…perfect for your weekend winter baking, or anytime! Happy Baking!
Yields 2 dozen cookies
- 1 cup flour
- 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon cocoa
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2/3 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- -extra sugar for rolling
- In small bowl, sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; set aside.
- In medium bowl, beat butter, 1 cup sugar, egg and vanilla on medium speed, scraping bowl often, until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
- Reduce speed to low and gradually add flour mixture; mix just until combined.
- Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill at least 1 hour.
- Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Form dough into 1-inch balls; roll balls in additional sugar. Place on parchment-lined baking sheets, 2 inches apart. Bake 7-8 minutes, until set. Remove from oven and cool 5 minutes on pan. Remove from pan and cool completely.