Makes about 3 dozen (3-inch) cookies or 12 (4 1/2-inch) cookies
Photo: William Dickey; Styling: Rose Nguyen
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/4 teaspoon salt
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 350°. Beat butter and sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add egg, beating until blended.
Combine flour, cocoa, and salt; gradually add to butter mixture, beating just until blended.
Divide dough into 2 equal portions; flatten each portion into a disk. Cover and chill 10 minutes.
Place 1 portion of dough on a lightly floured surface, and roll to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut with a 3- or 4 1/2-inch butterfly-shaped cutter. Place cookies 2 inches apart on lightly greased baking sheets. Repeat procedure with remaining dough portion.
Bake, in batches, at 350° for 10 to 12 minutes (for 3-inch cookies) and 15 to 17 minutes (for 4 1/2-inch cookies) or until edges are lightly browned. Let cool on baking sheets 5 minutes; remove to wire racks, and let cool 30 minutes or until completely cool. Decorate baked cookies as desired.
Vanilla Sugar Cookies: Omit unsweetened cocoa. Increase flour to 3 cups. Beat in 1 tsp. vanilla extract with butter in Step Proceed with recipe as directed.
We were short 1/4 c cocoa so we just made it up with flour. We forgot to chill and the dough was still very easy to manipulate my 4 year old even rolled it out and cut his shapes. Had no problems with this recipe and it tasted great.
WAY WAY WAY too chocolaty. It was extremely dry as well. My fiancee and I kept saying, "If only we had milk..."
Seriously, these cookies are too much. I also cut the recipe in half.... it made a lot of cookies (but only 2 people were having them).
These were very chocolately, and, the way mine turned out, somewhat more crunchy and less melt-in-your-mouth. But, this was the PERFECT recipe for baking with young children. The dough was easy to work with , and my kids (5 and 7 years old) were able to roll out the dough and cut out the cookie cutter forms without much trouble at all. We made them for Santa - hope he likes them tonight!