Friday, December 3, 2010
Cookie Recipe #335 - Chocolate Reindeer
Make a batch of these for your child's school Christmas party.
Ingredients: 1 cup butter, softened, 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar, 1/3 cup cocoa powder, 2 teaspoons cream of tartar, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 3 eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, pretzel twists, candy-coated chocolate pieces, small gumdrops.
Instructions: In a large mixing bowl, beat butter. Add sugar, cocoa powder, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt. Beat until combined. Beat in eggs and vanilla until combined. Mix in flour. Divide dough into six equal portions. Cover and chill dough about 3 hours or until easy to handle.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. On a lightly floured surface, roll one portion of the dough at a time into a 6-inch diameter circle. Using a sharp knife, cut each circle into 6 wedges. Place 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet.
For antlers, on each triangle lightly press a pretzel into the upper corners. Press in chocolate pieces for eyes. For a nose, press a gumdrop into the dough triangle about 1/2 inch from the point.
Bake in preheated 375 degree oven for 7-9 minutes or until edges are firm (do not overbake). Cool on baking sheet for 1 minute before transferring to wire racks to cool.
Makes about 3 dozen reindeer.
"Better Homes and Gardens Biggest Book of Cookies", Meredith Corporation, Des Moines, IA, 2003.