September 15, 2012

Chocolate Sugar Cookies

Makes about 36 - 4 inch (10 cm) cookies.
Adapted from Joy of Baking

"Bears: Even though we are black...but our love to you will not change. We heart you! Who are we? Yes we are chocolate bear cookies!"

Chocolate Sugar Cookies

2 3/4 cups (355 grams) all-purpose flour
3/4 cup (75 grams) unsweetened Dutch processed cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon (4 grams) baking powder
1 cup (227 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 3/4 cups (350 grams) granulated white sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Royal Icing Using Egg Whites:
2 large (60 grams) egg whites
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
3 cups (345 grams) confectioners (powdered or icing) sugar, sifted

Method for Chocolate Sugar Cookies: 

1.     In a large bowl whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking powder. 
2.     In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy (about 3 to 4 minutes). Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the vanilla extract and beat until combined. Add the flour mixture and beat until you have a smooth dough.

3.     Divide the dough in half and wrap each half in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for about one hour or until firm enough to roll.

4.     Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C) and place rack in the center of the oven. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. 

5.     Remove one half of the chilled dough from the refrigerator and, on a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to a thickness of 1/4 inch (1 cm). (Keep turning the dough as you roll, making sure the dough does not stick to the counter.)  Cut out desired shapes using a lightly floured cookie cutter and transfer cookies to the prepared baking sheet. Place the baking sheets with the unbaked cookies in the refrigerator for 10 to 15 minutes to chill the dough which prevents the cookies from spreading and losing their shape while baking.

6.    Bake cookies for about 10 -12 minutes(depending on size) or until they are firm around the edges. Remove from oven and let cookies cool on baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling. Frost with royal icing, if desired. Be sure that the frosting on the cookies dries completely before storing. (This may take several hours.) Frosted cookies will keep several days in an airtight container. Store between layers of parchment paper or wax paper.

Whisk up all the dry ingredients.
Beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

It's done!

Wrap it and refrigerate for about one hour or until firm enough to roll. 

hmmm....they are ready to cut! :D

I gotta make a chocolate bear bear! :D

For Royal Icing with Egg Whites: 

1.     In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), beat the egg whites with the lemon juice.

2.     Add the sifted powdered sugar and beat on low speed until combined and smooth. Mix in food coloring, if desired. The icing needs to be used immediately or transferred to an airtight container as royal icing hardens when exposed to air. Cover with plastic wrap when not in use.



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