Monday, January 11, 2010

Grammy's Chocolate Cookies

A few weeks ago I signed up for a cookie exchange hosted by Steph of Steph Chows. Stephanie's blog is one of my all-time favorites--she has tons of great recipes, especially when it comes to baking! The rules of the exchange were to send 2 dozen cookies to our "assigned" partner by January 16th. My partner was Natalie of Natalie's Killer Cuisine (her cuisine is indeed killer!). In our emails before the exchange, she said she loved chocolate, so I opted to make a chocolately cookie. In my search for the perfect cookie, I found this recipe on Lovin' From the Oven. Full of chocolate, sugar, and butter...AND a Martha Stewart recipe?! I knew these had to be good! I loved how chewy they were--my sister described them as "brownie bite" cookies. Natalie, I hope you enjoyed them!!

**to see all of the cookies made for the cookie exchange, check out Steph's blog on the 16th!

Grammy's Chocolate Cookies
recipe found here, originally from Martha Stewart Living, Feb 2000

-2 cups all-purpose flour
-3/4 cup cocoa powder (original recipe calls for Dutch, but I didn't use and neither did Kim)
-1 tsp baking soda
-1/2 tsp salt
-1 1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
-1 1/2 cups sugar (original recipe called for 2 cups, but Kim said they were too sweet)
-2 large eggs
-2 tsp pure vanilla extract

1. Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
2. Beat butter, sugar, and eggs with a mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and mix to combine.
3. Gradually add dry ingredients and combine with mixer on low speed. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill at least 1 hour, until dough is firm.
4. Roll dough into 1-inch balls and dip the top of each bowl in granulated sugar. Place on non-stick baking sheets and bake for 8 min at 350F. Cool for 5 minutes on baking sheet before cooling completely on wire baking racks.