It is time for the Christmas countdown. Although most of you have probably already been counting down since December 1, or from Thanksgiving, or even those of you who jump the gun, from Halloween.
I am just now starting my Christmas count down. I can probably blame it on the five month old, but this is the most unprepared I’ve ever felt for Christmas. I think the real culprit is that we didn’t put up Christmas lights this year. The house we’re living in is very old and only has one single two-pronged outlet. So all I could do was put out the fun lighted gift boxesby our front door. Stuart promises me that we’ll figure out how to do more next year. I also have my snowman door hanger up by the mailbox. Inside is a little better, but still doesn’t hold a candle to last year. Last year I had a fireplace with a mantle that I happily decorated with garland and winter birds. This year I have fewer surfaces and had to break up my Christmas villagebetween two bookshelves – one of which doesn’t have access to an outlet so it’s a dark village; and even still, some of my houses had to be left in their boxes. At least I still have a Christmas tree to be proud of! If I could only have one element of Christmas decor it would have to be my tree. There is just something about the glow of a Christmas tree that makes the world a better place.
Sorry, that was a 250 word tangent to tell you that my Christmas countdown has begun and we’re celebrating on the blog with cookies! Today until Christmas Eve I’ll be sharing three new cookie recipes. Maybe I’ll make this an annual thing and next year there’ll be more new cookie recipes Christmas week!
Roll-out sugar cookies are a traditional cookie that must be made every Christmas. Today I am sharing a twist on the classic recipe – a chocolate version! When I make the traditional cookies I put sprinkles on them before popping them in the oven, but with chocolate I left them plain. (If I had gold and silver sprinkles I would’ve given them a shot.)
Because I like thin cookies and didn’t need to feed an army I halved the recipe. In doing so I forgot to halve both the vanilla extract and the salt and when I pulled the dough out of the fridge it smelled like Kahlua. I crossed my fingers that my altered flavor profile wouldn’t be inedible, rolled out the dough, cut my shapes, and popped them in the oven. After baking, they smelled perfectly of chocolate. And they tasted like Teddy Grahams! The recipe written below uses the correct amount of vanilla extract and salt; Marian worked really hard to get the right ratio of ingredients for the perfect chocolate cookie so I will have to try these again and do it right!
Chocolate Roll-out Cookies
- 2 C flour
- 3/4 C cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 sticks butter, softened
- 1 C sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, and salt.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar. Add egg and mix until incorporated. Add the vanilla extract and mix. Add the dry ingredients in two batches, mixing until combined after each addition.
- Chill dough in fridge for at least one hour. (I did mine for a few days before having time to bake the cookies.)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Roll out cookie dough on a floured surface to desired thickness. Cut out cookies and place on cookie sheet. Bake 8-12 minutes. (Will depend on your cookie thickness.) Let cookies cool on baking sheet for a minute before removing to a cooling rack.
*This recipe is adapted from Marian at http://sweetopia.net/2013/12/chocolate-sugar-cookie-recipe-cut-out-cookies/*
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