Recipe- Chocolate Sugar Cookies

Courtney, is our resident cookie baker these days. She searches to find the best cookie recipes! This is a family favorite:

Chocolate Sugar Cookies (from the Martha Stewart COOKIES book)

  • 1 1/2c all purpose flour
  • 1/2c unsweetened Dutch process cocoa powder
  • 1t baking powder
  • 1/2t salt
  • 1/2c unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2c sugar
  • 1/2 vegetable shortening ( or 1/2c unsalted butter), melted and cooled
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2t pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 375^. Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in a bowl.

Put butter and sugar into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium-high heat until pale and fluffy. Mix in melted shortening (or butter). Add egg and vanilla; mix until creamy. Reduce speed to low. Gradually add flour mixture, and mix until creamy. Reduce speed to low. Gradually add flour mixture, and mix until combined.

Using a 2 1/2″ ice cream scoop, drop dough onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper, spacing about 4″ apart. Bake until edges are firm, 18-20 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks. Cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature up to 2 days.


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