Chocolate Sugar Cookies

Chocolate sugar cookies. Why didn’t these come in to my life sooner?!? They’re chocolatey and soft with a crispy edge. Basically, exactly what you expect in a great sugar cookie, but made even better with the addition of chocolate.

Chocolate Sugar Cookies

It’s good to be back here on the blog some more. Sure, I’m not back up to my 3x/week posting schedule that I was doing for months and months. But, it’s good to be back! I have gotten a few questions about whether I plan to turn this blog in to a baby blog or a baby food blog… I don’t. Obviously having a baby is going to be a life changing event, so you’ll hear me talk about the baby on here some. Keep me posted if you have thoughts or want to hear more (or less) about the little ninja.

Chocolate Sugar Cookies

Sorry for the sidebar. Back to these cookies. I know the holidays seem like FOREVER away, but I’m thinking I’ll add these to my holiday baking list. I might add a pinch of cinnamon to them when I do that… In the mean time, I’ve been enjoying these crumbled up in some homemade ice cream or with a dollop of peanut butter or cookie butter. If you’re looking for a classic crowd-pleasing cookie to bake up, be sure to give these a shot.

Chocolate Sugar Cookies

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Chocolate Sugar Cookies

Chocolate sugar cookies are chocolatey and soft with a crispy edge. Basically, exactly what you expect in a great sugar cookie, but made even better with the addition of chocolate.

Yield: 3 dozen cookies

Ingredients:

1/3 cup (2 1/3 oz) sugar
1 1/2 cups plus 2 Tbsp (8 1/8 oz) flour
3/4 cup (2 1/4 oz) unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
14 Tbsp unsalted butter, divided
1 3/4 cups packed (12 1/4 oz) dark brown sugar
1 Tbsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg plus 1 yolk

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

Add the sugar to a wide, shallow dish (a pie plate works well). In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and baking powder.

Add 10 tablespoons of the butter to a microwave-safe bowl and microwave in 20 or 30-second bursts until melted. Stir in the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter until it is completely melted. Set the butter aside for 5-10 minutes to cool until lukewarm, about 90-95 F on an instant-read thermometer.

Add the brown sugar, vanilla, and salt and whisk until incorporated.

Mix in the egg and egg yolk until well combined. Switch to a rubber spatula, and stir in the dry ingredients just until combined.

Shape the dough into balls, each ball should be about 2 tablespoons of dough. Roll the balls in the sugar you put in the shallow dish earlier, coating them on all sides.

Place on the prepared baking sheets, leaving several inches of space in between them. Use the bottom of a glass to press the balls down so each of the cookies has a diameter of about 2 inches. Sprinkle the tops of each cookie with a few pinches of the remaining granulated sugar.

Bake, one sheet at a time, until the cookies are slightly puffy and the edges are just barely set, about 12-13 minutes (the cookies may look slightly undercooked in the center, that's ok). Transfer the baking sheet to a wire rack and let the cookies cool for a few minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely. Continue baking with the remaining dough.

Recipe from Cook's Country, as seen on Tracey's Culinary Adventures

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13 Responses to “Maple Syrup and Birthday Cupcakes”

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    Brisbane Baker — March 29, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    Mmmmm I love one dish cupcakes!

    http://www.brisbanebaker.blogspot.com

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    Carly — March 29, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    Those cupcakes look delish! Can you tell me more about the “dipping in ganache” technique? Does the ganache need to be a certain consistency first?

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    yumventures — March 29, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    I have seen some maple cheesecake around the blogs, maybe that would be awesome use for the sugar? Or to top maple sugar cookies 🙂

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    Joanne — March 29, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    I made a seriously awesome maple mousse cake to go with Christmas dinner this year and it used maple sugar. It was one of the best desserts I’ve ever eaten. The link to the post is: http://joanne-eatswellwithothers.blogspot.com/2010/01/frozen-maple-mousse-pie-with-chocolate.html.

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    KV — March 29, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    Go Butler!! I think I’m going to use your “go to” cupcake recipe to make some Final Four treats for the office Friday

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    Kelly — March 29, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    Wow that maple syrup event looks really cool, I wish I had known about it- it looks like they only do it once a year!

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    Jen — March 30, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    Carly – I dipped the cupcakes in the ganache while it was still very liquidy. I did it a few minutes after making the ganache and then let it set up on the cupcakes. Hope that helps.

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    Cara — March 30, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    Jen, the maple syrup experience sounds like so much fun and I’ve always wanted to do it! I wonder if it’s too late this year.

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    Lila — March 31, 2010 at 7:50 am

    Those cupcakes look so pretty. Can you tell me what kind of liners you’re using? They stay so nice and bright.

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    stephchows — March 31, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    ooo I love sugar houses!!! The tastings are always the best 🙂

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    Jen — March 31, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Lila, I get the liners online. Here is the link for the colored ones, and I also get brown liners as well.

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    Memória — April 9, 2010 at 5:02 am

    The cupcakes look beautiful and festive!! I love real maple syrup!

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    Kyle — April 15, 2010 at 2:14 am

    I should have a birthday more often. So good…

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