Tuesday, January 24, 2012

CookieCrazieBasics: Chocolate Cut-Out Recipe

Now that you have my basic sugar cookie recipe, let's move to my chocolate cut-out recipe. 

I love making chocolate cookies on occasion......not only because chocolate is AMAZING (!) but because the dark background of the cookies really makes certain designs pop. 

All I've done for my recipe is modify my regular sugar cookie recipe. I didn't want to mess with the success I've had with the original......so I traded out some of the flour in the original recipe and added cocoa instead. It works well.....and is very yummy if I do say so myself. I also add expresso powder to intensify the chocolate flavor. Mmmmmm.....


Notice I use THREE different kinds of cocoa. What did you expect from someone as CRAZIE as me?! I love the black cocoa I get from the Mennonite store in central Missouri because of its rich black color and earthy taste. (HERE is the location if you're interested in exactly where I get it. It's a small store in a remote Mennonite community.) Many readers have said they've had trouble finding black cocoa. You can get it from King Arthur Flour HERE, but it is quite expensive.
Black cocoa is not necessary to make a great chocolate cookie.....so if you can't obtain it.....just skip it. (And if you want that rich black color in your dough, just add some Americolor Super Black gel. hee hee) I believe most of the great flavor comes from the other two cocoas anyway. I highly recommend the Special Dark Cocoa from Hershey's. 





CookieCrazie Chocolate Cut-Out Cookies

1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup cocoa
1 tsp expresso powder (optional....but highly recommended!)
1/2 cup sour cream
4 1/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

Cream butter and sugar. Beat in egg, vanilla, cocoa, expresso powder & sour cream.
Blend in dry ingredients.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Roll dough to desired thickness. Cut into shapes.
Place cookies on un-greased cookie sheet.
Bake approx 20 minutes.
This recipe yields approximately 20-25 medium cookies.
 
 




 
 


Everything else is the same after mixing up the dough.
Here's some of my favorite chocolate cookie designs.....(Click on the photo to see the blog post.)







Hey....and what a lovely way to end the post.....with some Valentines cookies made with the chocolate dough. :)

28 comments:

Bydubois10 said...

Thankyou for sharing!

Krystal Dogolo said...

I'm sure people have asked.... but where did you get that cookie board??? Did you make it? It's fantastic!! I use the rubber rolling pin guides on my fondant roller but they don't make everything uniform if you push down hard on the roller!

Cookiecrazielady said...

Blog post coming soon, Krystal. :)

Nena abcdefg said...

Oh Pam awesome post thanks so much for sharing..It's like Christmas for me right now lol. So many ideas and lots to do.

Laura Z said...

I have been looking to try some new recipes, maybe this one will be next! Do the cookies turn out pretty firm? Will they work for detailed or large cutters?

Kathy said...

Your cookies are a work of ART!  Thank You for sharing!

Anne Jacques Adams said...

I will def gain weight following your blog! cant wait to try them!

Sofía said...

Me gustan mucho las galletas de la cámara de fotos, son geniales. Saludos

Cookiecrazielady said...

Yes and yes, Laura. :)

Laura Z said...

Thanks! 
ps: LOVE the colors of the green and pink cookie set above! So cheery

God bless :)

Diovejero said...

Thank´s for sharing. I try it today. ;)

Patty Aguilar said...

thankyou ..this is my favorite recipe ..is amazing Pam...
 God bless.......

Vicci said...

STILL the queen of cookie art!  You are absolutely the BEST and I am lovin the tutorials...will put them to the test... someday! ;0)

villaaranda@hotmail.com said...

God bless you for sharing.

Ladydays2002 said...

Love it! Thanks SO much!

sweetsugarbelle said...

I am enchanted with that black cocoa!  I wish you could see how many cocoas I've bought looking for it.  But you're right.  The special dark is WONDERFUL!

Cathey Bell said...

I found some of the Black Cocoa in Branson at the Mennonite grocery there. 

Paty_rolon said...

I love it

Pinkprincess said...

Wow i love chocolate !!! I'll try it

Annette Jimison said...

Hi Pam!!! Love this recipe. I am going to try it soon. I ordered Valhrona chocolate/cocoa and it's a dark chocolate, so I can't wait to try this. I also got some chocolate extract from Bakto. Wow! I have been trying my hand at macarons, and the first batch was great, the second one?...not so much. I guess I have to spend some time learning that one. I found a recipe on Smitten Kitchen's website for chocolate refrigerator cookies. I have to try that one, too. Hope all is well with you! Love your work!  Annette

SnowflakeLady said...

Pam, that is the prettiest red I have ever seen, on the Valentine cookies! How do you make your red? Sorry if I missed a blog post on this!
Nancy

cookiecrazielady said...

Thanks Nancy. :) I used a lot of Americolor Super Red and a touch of Americolor Super Black. ♥♥♥

Little Birdie said...

I had a cookie today using this recipe...halfway through eating I was thinking man this is delicious then I realized I had forgotten to use the coffee extract! Your cookie recipes are wonderful! I spent 3 months trying different recipes when I started my cookie odyssey when I tried yours I stopped looking! Thank you for sharing! My goal this year is to try your icing...up until now I've been using royal icing!

cookiecrazielady said...

Haha Little Birdie.....if it was delicious without the coffee extract......hurray! And maybe if you add it, it will be even MORE delicious. ;) Thanks so much for your kind words about the recipes. I'm thrilled that you've enjoyed them. Blessings to you..... ♥

Bea said...

Is this recipe and the following you have also provided a recipe that produces hard crunchy cookies or weak and soft?

cookiecrazielady said...

Hi Bea. I bake all my cookies so they are soft and chewy......but if you bake them longer, they can be hard and crunchy (which I know is how some people like them).

Kim M Jacobs said...

Thanx for sharing this recipe. Cannot wait to give them a try!

KimMJ
bast830@comcast.net

cookiecrazielady said...

My pleasure, Kim. I wish you much success as you try the recipe. They are YUMMY! :) ♥

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