Last weekend I made a big batch of cookies for a 4 year old's half-birthday (really just an excuse to have a party). She requested chocolate, and so chocolate is what I delivered. I saved half of the batch at home to take in for Cookie Monday, where they were also well-received.
These are really, really great basic chocolate cookies. Rolling them in sugar makes them feel like bakery cookies. It was pretty awesome. I would definitely make these again. I want to try them as a base for ice cream sandwiches, too. Yum!
Chocolate Sugar Cookies
2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups sugar, plus more for rollin
2 teaspoons vanilla
Preheat the oven to 350. Line 3 half sheet pans with parchment paper. Put ½ cup sugar in a small bowl and set aside.
Whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt together in a medium bowl.
Using a standing mixer, cream the butter and 2 cups sugar together until light and fluffy, 3-5 minutes. Add the eggs and vanilla, and beat to combine. Add the flour mixture and mix on low until completely combined.
Shape the cookie dough into 24 balls, and roll each ball in the set-aside sugar. Place cookies on the prepared sheet pans (8 can fit on each) and bake for 11-13 minutes, until the edges have set and the centers are puffed and starting to crackle. Remove from the oven and move the pan to a wire rack, letting the cookies cool.
Yield: It said 24 balls, but I made about 5 dozen from this recipe. It's going to depend on how big you want the cookies, really.