Monday, December 13, 2010
Cookie Recipe #345 - Spicy Cocoa Cookies
Even though these aren't necessarily Christmas cookies, a couple drops of red or green food coloring added to the icing would make them more festive.
Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks)unsalted butter, softened, 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar, 2 large eggs, at room temperature, 3 cups all-purpose flour, 1 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder, 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon. Icing: 1 cup confectioners' sugar, 1 large egg white, 1/4 teaspoon fresh lemon juice.
Instructions: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.
Place the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl and mix until smooth and creamy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and the eggs, one at a time, mixing well between additions. Add remaining ingredients and mix until everything is well incorporated. Scrape down the sides and mix again.
Drop the dough by heaping teaspoons about 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Using your hand or the bottom of a glass, press down until they are flattened.
Bake in preheated 375 degree oven until the cookies begin to brown at the edges, 8-10 minutes. Cool on the baking sheet for a minute before transferring to wire racks to cool.
While cookies are cooling, make the icing: Place the sugar, egg white nd lemon juice in a small bowl and stir until smooth. Using the back of a spoon, smooth the icing in a circular motion onto the cooled cookies, almost to the edge.
Makes 3-4 dozen cookies.
"Cookies, 52 Easy Recipes for Year-Round Baking", Sally Sampson, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2007.