Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Chocolate Cut Out Cookies

As I promised in yesterday's Super Bowl post, I am sharing with you this yummy Chocolate Cutout Cookie recipe today. My husband, who has a pretty picky cookie palate, told me that these are the perfect degree of chocolate and sweetness. They remind him of the Nabisco chocolate wafer cookies that I am too cheap cost conscious to buy. I'll take it as a compliment and gladly pass on this goodness to you.
Here's what you need: flour, unsweetened cocoa, salt, baking powder, butter, sugar, and an egg.
Start by sifting together the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
In mixing bowl, combine the softened butter and sugar, mixing until smooth. Beat in the egg.
Gradually add the dry ingredients into the butter/sugar mixture until the dough forms.
Separate the dough into two parts, flatten and wrap in plastic wrap.
Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
On lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8 inch thickness. (You may need to remove it from the refrigerator and let it soften up a bit first.) FYI...For crisp cookies, roll it thinner. For softer cookies, roll it thicker.
Cut out desired shapes.
Place on cookie sheet lined with a baking mat or parchment paper. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes and remove from oven. Allow to rest on cookie sheet for five minutes before moving to a wire rack to cool completely.
Once the cookies are cooled, decorate with white chocolate or frosting. For these football cookies, I melted some almond bark, put it in a baggie and snipped off the corner. Then I piped on the "laces" of the footballs. No matter what team you are cheering on, these cookies will be a hit at your Super Bowl party.

Chocolate Cutout Cookies
(makes about 3 dozen cookies, depending on the size of cookie cutter)

1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. salt
3/4 cup softened butter
1 1/4 cups white sugar
1 egg

Sift together the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt; set aside. In mixing bowl, cream together the butter and white sugar until smooth, then beat in the egg. Gradually stir in the flour mixture until it forms a soft dough. Divide the dough into two sections, flatten and wrap each in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. To bake, preheat oven to 375 degrees. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes and place onto cookie sheets with a baking mat or parchment paper. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to rest on baking sheet for 5 minutes. Cool completely on wire rack. Once cooled, the cookies can be decorated with icing or drizzled with white chocolate.
This is such a versatile cookie. I've used it to make these footballs and have even had some Valentine's fun with the dough. I'll be sharing a treat for your sweetheart in the next couple of days. Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you'll visit again soon.
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34 comments:

  1. Nici, those cookies are so darn cute. It's hard to find good roll out cookie recipes sometimes. It seems like either the dough is too dry and makes for a tough cookie, or it's too wet and it sticks to everything. Looks like these are just right! Thanks for sharing your recipe with us. I'll be giving it a try!

    Debbie

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  2. A-dough-rable! Sorry, I couldn't help myself.

    They are so cute...and I want a handful with my coffee.

    Ciao Bella
    Creative Carmelina

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  3. So cute! Perfect for a Super Bowl party! Looks like I need to find a football shaped cookie cutter.

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  4. Oh...I forgot to add...I made your Crusty Parmesan Chicken tonight. It was delish and I can't believe how easy to make too! Thanks!

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  5. How adorable! If I had an oven, I would make them right away! I live in a third world country where ovens are hard to find. My hubby and I are missionaries in Asia, but wow, will I try these when we return to visit America! What a clever idea! I may pin to Pinterest;0)

    Alison Wood
    Pint-sized Treasures

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  6. Very cute! Simple & sweet--the best kind of project!

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  7. Hey Nici,
    Your recipe looks delicious. The cookies came out so cute. Thanks so much for sharing at Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above
    Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures
    Nichi @ The Mandatory Mooch

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  8. Nici! These are so cute! Just pinned! Thanks for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

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  9. Very cute! Anything chocolate gets my vote. Visiting from Miz Helen's.

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  10. Found your post on Liz's Time Travel Thursday
    those cookies look quite good - chocolate cookies seem to be tough to make sometimes - I wonder why that is?
    I enjoyed your post! I love the sifted ingredients w/the bowl and the heart cookie cutter.
    Thanks, Jenn

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  11. These are so cute! Perfect for the Super Bowl too!

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  12. Such cute cookies! Just saw them over at Miz Helen's Country Cottage. Would love to have you link up at my first ever link party that I just opened for the weekend :) Hope to see you there! http://thebestblogrecipes.blogspot.com/2013/01/the-weekend-re-treat-1.html

    Shauna {The Best Blog Recipes}
    http://thebestblogrecipes.blogspot.com/

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  13. These cookies are adorable! What a cute idea :)

    Shannon @ Sewing Barefoot

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  14. Hi Nici,
    What a great idea for the Big Game Day, these cookies look awesome! Hope you have a great weekend and thanks for sharing your tasty recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  15. These are really, really cute! And the recipe looks yummy too. I'm on the hunt for a football shaped cookie cutter!

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  16. Delicious and cute! What a perfect idea for Super Bowl weekend.

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  17. These look great! I just added them to my Super Bowl menu. Thanks!

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  18. Wow, these are super cute! Great idea!!

    Www.wendymacdesigns.com

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  19. So cute! I am pinning to my Cookies board on Pinterest! Visiting from the Pin Me party at Diana Rambles!

    Shelley

    www.piggyinpolkadots.blogspot.com

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  20. My husband will love these. I can't wait to try them! Thanks for sharing!

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  21. Such fun cookies! Perfect for a football themed birthday or a Super Bowl Party!
    Would love for you to come over and share at Finding the Pretty & Delicious Linky Party.
    http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/finding-the-pretty-delicious-linky-party-2/

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  22. These will be perfect for game day! I'm so glad you linked them at my weekend link party!

    Shauna {The Best Blog Recipes}

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  23. These are so cute and perfect for the big game day! They look so yummy, too. Thanks so much for sharing with us at A Bouquet of Talent. :)

    XO
    Kathy

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  24. Nici - these are awesome! Would you mind if I used these in a Super Bowl Party food round up post I'm doing next week? Thanks! =)

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  25. These are great! I found you from This Gal Cooks. My post is very similar, but yours looks easier. I will definitely try these. Read mine:
    http://www.thelostapron.com/2013/01/football-cookies.html

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  26. chocolate and football nothing seems much better
    come over and visit us at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

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  27. Thanks for posting. My son's 4th bday is football themed…these would make great favors. Visiting via Metamorphosis Monday.

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  28. Fun cookies!
    LOve them!
    Thanks for sharing - have a blessed week!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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  29. Thanks so much! These look delicious. We are featuring 5 football related posts on our blog this week and I would love for you to come and check them out!

    Jamie

    www.huckleberrylove.com

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  30. Absolutely perfect for Super Bowl Sunday:@)

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  31. Those are perfect for the Super Bowl. I will be featuring these tonight at my Winter Blues Wednesday party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks.

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  32. Nici these turned out so cute! What a great Super Bowl party idea! You are a featured favorite this week on Saturday Show & Tell on Cheerios and Lattes! Can't wait to see what you've been up to this week!
    Mackenzie :)

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