chocolate sugar cookies

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christmas may be gone (363 days until the next one!), but cookies are something i completely enjoy all year round. and when i saw this recipe i knew it had to become a permanent fixture in my library.

*and something i want to point out on this little blog of mine. i’m not one to take a million pictures of all the steps of the process. its just not me. now don’t get me wrong, if its something that i feel is necessary i will share more pictures, but for the most part i wont.* 

i think the best part about this recipe… its sugar, its chocolate, its cookies.  and cookies that can be cut to any cute shape or size. for my particular occasion was christmas. so what better than to have chocolate reindeer cookies?

Chocolate Sugar Cookies:

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup butter, room temp softened

1 cup granulated sugar

1 large egg

1 tsp vanilla

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Begin by mixing with a whisk in a large bowl 2 1/2 cups flour, 1/2 cocoa, 1 tsp salt. Set dry mixture aside.

In mixing bowl, cream together 1 cup room temp butter and 1 cup granulated sugar until fluffy. Once fluffy, add large egg and 1 tsp vanilla until thoroughly mixed.

Slowly add dry flour/cocoa mixture to the butter/sugar mixture, until dough mixture consistency has been reached.

Separate dough into two sections and wrap each section in saran wrap. Chill in refrigerator for 2 hours.

Once dough has chilled, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly flour working surface and roll dough out to about 1/8 inch thick and cut with desired cookie cutter or utensil. Place cut dough on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper (or silpat!).

Bake for 12-14 minutes. Completely cool before decorating.

*In our case, we enjoyed them plain with a cup of coffee or tea!*

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