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Chocolate Sugar Cookies

Create unlimited cookie variations with these chocolate sugar cookies.

Southern Living MAY 2009

  • Yield: Makes about 3 dozen (3-inch) cookies or 12 (4 1/2-inch) cookies
  • Prep time:1 Hour
  • Chill:10 Minutes
  • Bake:10 Minutes
  • Cool:35 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 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

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 350°. Beat butter and sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add egg, beating until blended.

2. Combine flour, cocoa, and salt; gradually add to butter mixture, beating just until blended.

3. Divide dough into 2 equal portions; flatten each portion into a disk. Cover and chill 10 minutes.

4. 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.

5. 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 1. Proceed with recipe as directed.

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