April 21, 2014

EAT YOUR HEART OUT

It would be hard to improve on sugar cookies; they’re just so simplistically delicious.  But, what about chocolate sugar cookies?  What about chocolate sugar cookies in the shape of hearts?  We can’t lie, we think that would totally be better.  

Yeah, um, we're going to go make these now.  But first-- because we heart you--we’re going to share the yummy (and super-easy) recipe with you too:

CHOCOLATE SUGAR COOKIE HEARTS

YIELD: 3 dozen  PREP TIME: 1 hour 30 minutes  COOK TIME: 15 minutes

INGREDIENTS
6 cups all-purpose flour
1¼ cups Dutch-process cocoa powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup light brown sugar
3 eggs, cold
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Directions
1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder and salt; set aside.
2. Using an electric mixer, beat together the butter and both sugars on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add the eggs and mix to combine, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Add the vanilla extract and again beat to combine. Reduce the speed to low, add the flour mixture, and beat until just combined, giving it a final mix by hand with a rubber spatula.
3. Divide the dough in two and shape each half into a round disk about 2 inches high. Wrap both in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 45 minutes (or up to 1 day).
4. Working with one piece of dough at a time, roll it out between two pieces of parchment paper (it's non-stick and eliminates the need for extra flour) to a ¼-inch thickness. Transfer the parchment and dough onto a cutting board or baking sheet and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
5. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
6. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and cut out your shapes (you can find heart shaped cookie cutters at Bloomingdales) and place on the parchment-lined baking sheets, leaving about 2 inches of space between them. Gather up any excess dough, re-roll and repeat process until all of the dough has been used.
7. Place the baking sheets with the cut-out cookies into the freezer for 15 minutes before baking.
8. Bake until the cookie edges are set, about 15 to 17 minutes. Remove from the oven and place the baking sheet on a cooling rack for 10 minutes, then use a spatula to transfer the cookies to the rack to cool completely.

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