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Chocolate Cut Out Cookies [Week 11 of 12 weeks of Christmas]

chocolate cut out cookie recipeI found these adorable little cookie cutters made for the side of a cup at Sweet! in downtown Lawrence, KS, and knew exactly what I wanted to do with them. I knew that a chocolate cut out cookie would be perfect perched on a mug of hot and rich cocoa. I love when I get an idea and it turns out to be even cuter than I ever imagined it to be. I know that this cookie is not exactly the most difficult cookie that I have ever attempted, but sometimes the simplest of designs prove to be the most difficult. The icing was perfect, the sanding sugar stuck the way that I wanted it to, the colors all worked. I made these one evening after everyone had gone to bed. I sat at my kitchen table with a cup of tea, my iPad tuned to The Fugitive (a movie that I never seem to get tired of), and just piped and flooded for ages. Usually, I get bored in the middle of a cookie project and want to give up. On this evening, there was nothing more relaxing. I stopped to enjoy the process. I took my time, soaked in the quiet, and happily my heart and star cookies.

The best compliment that I can receive is an unsolicited one from my children. Mine are brutally honest, and a compliment is sadly few and far between. But my oldest son woke up, saw these on the counter, and declared them the cutest little cookie he had ever seen. He could not wait for me to make him a hot chocolate so that he could have one. Be still my heart.

And, they taste really good too.

chocolate cut out cookie recipe2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
2 sticks room temperature butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
pinch salt

Royal Icing

sanding sugars

chocolate cut out cookie recipeCream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.

chocolate cut out cookie recipeAdd the egg and vanilla. Mix until combined.

chocolate cut out cookie recipeWhisk together flour, cocoa, and salt. Add the butter mixture slowly. Mix until incorporated.

chocolate cut out cookie recipeWrap dough in plastic wrap. Chill for 30 minutes or until firm.

chocolate cut out cookie recipeRoll out and cut using your favorite cookie cutter.

chocolate cut out cookie recipeBake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 8 to 10 minutes. The cookies will be set, and will hold their shape. Cool completely.

chocolate cut out cookie recipePipe the edges with royal icing. Let the edges dry completely. Loosen the remaining royal icing with water and flood the cookies to fill in. Cover with sanding sugar. (For a tutorial on icing and flooding cookies)Β  Let the cookies dry completely overnight.

chocolate cut out cookies recipeAdd to your favorite hot chocolate recipe. Recipe from Our Best Bites.

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Chocolate Cut Out Cookies [Week 11 of 12 weeks of Christmas]


Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 sticks room temperature butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch salt
  • Royal Icing
  • sanding sugars

Instructions

  1. Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the egg and vanilla. Mix until combined.
  3. Whisk together flour, cocoa, and salt. Add the butter mixture slowly. Mix until incorporated.
  4. Wrap dough in plastic wrap. Chill for 30 minutes or until firm.
  5. Roll out and cut using your favorite cookie cutter.
  6. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 8 to 10 minutes. The cookies will be set, and will hold their shape. Cool completely.
  7. Pipe the edges with royal icing. Let the edges dry completely. Loosen the remaining royal icing with water and flood the cookies to fill in. Cover with sanding sugar. Let the cookies dry completely overnight.

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  1. Marina {YummyMummyKitchen.com}

    December 8th, 2011 at 9:28 am

    those are so darling!

  2. bakedbree

    December 14th, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    thank you Marina!

  3. Hilliary @Happily Ever Healthy

    December 8th, 2011 at 9:29 am

    These cookies are adorable, they would be cute (when I have kids some day) to have the kids decorate them and then stick them on the side of a glass of milk for Santa! These cookies put me in the mood to go home and bake!

    Have a wonderful day!

  4. bakedbree

    December 14th, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    That is the best idea!

  5. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    December 8th, 2011 at 9:34 am

    These are so freaking cute!

  6. bakedbree

    December 14th, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    thanks, I think so too. πŸ™‚

  7. Eat Good 4 Life

    December 8th, 2011 at 10:22 am

    Wow these are darling……and the icing its really cute. I just recently found your blog, I love it. Will be following and following your recipes to come πŸ™‚ I like this 12 weeks of Christmas you got going on right now πŸ™‚

  8. bakedbree

    December 14th, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    Welcome! I did it last year too. You can see what else I made in the archives.

  9. Rhonda

    December 8th, 2011 at 11:29 am

    These are so cute! Great job! I went to their website that you linked and was unable to find them – maybe they are a store only product?? Thanks!

  10. bakedbree

    December 14th, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    I am sure that if you call them, they would send it to you.

  11. Rhonda

    December 16th, 2011 at 10:37 am

    thanks! I might have to try that!

  12. bakedbree

    December 18th, 2011 at 10:18 am

    you are welcome.

  13. deena @ stay at home FOODIE

    December 8th, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Adorable!

  14. bakedbree

    December 14th, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    thank you Deena!

  15. Leigh

    December 8th, 2011 at 11:46 am

    These are so cute! You never cease to inspire me πŸ™‚ I will have to make a trip to Lawrence and pick up these cutters (and probably a few other things ha).

  16. bakedbree

    December 14th, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    You have been warned, that store is dangerous!

  17. Lisa @ Sweet as Sugar Cookies

    December 8th, 2011 at 11:47 am

    I love your creativity!

  18. bakedbree

    December 14th, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    thank you Lisa!

  19. Cindy

    December 8th, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Absolutely adorable and they look delicious!!

  20. bakedbree

    December 14th, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    thank you Cindy.

  21. Brandon

    December 8th, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Your hot chocolate looks amazing, especially with the cookie on the side and the little candy pieces sprinkled on top. I understand the part about kids your kids being brutally honest, I find that family is the first to tell me they don’t like something.

    -Brandon
    http://www.theyummybits.com
    twitter @ theyummybits

  22. bakedbree

    December 14th, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    sadly, they are usually right. πŸ™‚

  23. Jenni

    December 8th, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    Oh wow, these cookies are adorable! I love the cookie cuter!

  24. bakedbree

    December 14th, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    thank you Jenni!

  25. Autumn

    December 8th, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    Bree, beautiful picture of the most adorable cup of hot chocolate ever! And…it is so funny that you say you cant watch the Fugitive too much, because I also watched it the other day and said them same thing! Miss you and your family! πŸ™‚

  26. bakedbree

    December 14th, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    We miss you too!

  27. sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more

    December 9th, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Oh I got those cutters too!!! I wanted to make them but my sugar cookies spread too much, I will have to try these!

  28. bakedbree

    December 14th, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    Try chilling the dough after it has been cut and before you put it in the oven.

  29. becca

    December 9th, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Aww. These really are very cute, especially perched on the edge of a mug full of hot chocolate. The little handle thing looks like it makes the perfect handle to dunk it in some hot cocoa πŸ™‚

  30. bakedbree

    December 14th, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    thanks Becca!

  31. Brenda @ Meal Planning Magic

    December 10th, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    I LOVE these! They look so cute and delicious. I saw those same cookie cutters at HomeGoods this past week and picked them up and put them down several times before deciding I probably didn’t need any more cookie cutters and what would I use THESE for anyway? Now I’m so wishing I had gotten them. May have to go back in hopes that there is still a set left.

  32. bakedbree

    December 14th, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    Go back and get them, everyone loved these little cup embellishments.

  33. Brenda @ Meal Planning Magic

    December 15th, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    Rats! I went back yesterday and they were gone! I will now be on a quest to find them. πŸ™‚ I should know that at stores like that you need to grab ’em when you see ’em!

  34. bakedbree

    December 18th, 2011 at 10:23 am

    Bummer! If I see some, I’ll pick them up for you.

  35. Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl

    December 10th, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    Oh my goodness, these are just adorable…I have a four year-old little boy who would go bananas over these! So, so cute!

  36. bakedbree

    December 14th, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    thank you Ashley!

  37. Ana

    December 14th, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    Great recipe. I also admire your design of the cookies. Seeing your post is like an inspiration for me to bake more cookies for my children. I’ll be trying this on week ends. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

    Ana,
    Davids Cookie Dough

  38. bakedbree

    December 14th, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    thank you Ana.

  39. Kelly @ Free Spirit Food

    December 20th, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    such a sweet idea!

  40. bakedbree

    December 22nd, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    thank you Kelly!

  41. Lucy

    December 23rd, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    I just love the final outcome, thanks so much for posting the recipe and the detailed directions.

  42. bakedbree

    December 31st, 2011 at 12:57 am

    you are welcome Lucy!

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