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Chocolate Snowflake Cookies

October 25, 2013

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This is a fun cookie for the Holidays coming up.

I ripped this out of a Southern Living Magazine, “Moms and Daughters Bake Cookies” for a cookie swap.  What year that was, I have no idea.   The picture attached to the article, a mom and daughter filling cookies tins with these cookies, looks like it could be from the late ’80’s.   Do people do cookie swaps anymore?  Sounds like fun!

I did these cookies in a couple of variations.  Of course like the original, rolled in confectioners sugar.  But I also rolled them in Sugar in the Raw,  like my Sugar Cookies, flattened them a bit and then sprinkled more sugar over the cookie.  I liked the crunchy contrast of sugar and soft cookie.  I also made them plain, no sugar at all, and when cool, made ice cream sandwich cookies with my Mint Ice Cream.  Very yummy.   You don’t have to make your own ice cream, any good quality ice cream that you like would be great:  vanilla, coffee, mint chocolate chip, chocolate……… 🙂

Before you make these, you must know that the dough needs to be refrigerated for at least 2 hours.   The dough is very soft and it needs that refrigerated time to firm up, so that you can roll it in the confectioners sugar.  Overnight is also an option.  I actually baked mine over a 2 day period and the cookies were just as good as the first day that I made them.

Chocolate Snowflake Cookies (adapted from Southern Living Magazine)

2 cups sugar

4 ounces butter

4 ounces unsweetened chocolate (I like Ghirardelli)

4 large eggs

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

2 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup sifted confectioner sugar

Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl and stir with a whisk until combined.  Set aside.

Put butter in a medium glass bowl.  Break up chocolate and add to butter.   Put bowl in microwave and heat for 1 minutes on high.  Remove from microwave and stir, stir, stir  until everything is melted and combined.  If after stirring ALOT and the chocolate still has not melted, put it back in the microwave for 10 seconds and then stir, stir, stir.

Put sugar, melted butter and chocolate in a large mixing bowl and beat at medium speed with your mixer, for one minute.  Add eggs and vanilla and beat for one minute.

Add 1/3 of dry ingredients to chocolate mixture and beat until just combined.  Continue this way until all of dry ingredients are added, beating together until just combined after each addition.

You can put this batter into a smaller bowl, so your mixer bowl is not occupied.  Or not.  Cover bowl and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Shape dough into 1 inch balls and roll in confectioner sugar.  Place cookies 2 inches apart on cookie sheet.  Bake for 12 minutes,  turning cookie sheet half way through.   Cool on wire racks.

It’s difficult to see with chocolate cookies whether they are done because well, they’re black!  The only way to really tell, is to let your first sheet of cookies cool and then try one.  You know, all in the name of Science!  The Science of cookie making, that is.

mise en place:

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sugar, butter, chocolate:

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eggs and vanilla added:

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flour mixture added:

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if you wish, put batter into smaller bowl, cover and refrigerate:

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after refrigerating, dough is alot firmer:

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roll dough in confectioner sugar:

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ready for the oven:

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cooling on cookie sheet:

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ready to eat! yum:

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One Comment leave one →
  1. October 26, 2013 1:48 pm

    My favourite cookie 🙂

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