At LAST..I think I've found my favorite chocolate cut out cookie recipe!!!
I've been searching for over a year for a great recipe to satisfy my choco-holic personality. The one I was using was ok..but was on the bland side and simply not what I would call THE BEST. SweetSugarBelle posted a link to LilaLoa's blog a few days ago so I was eager to try it. I decided to give it a try with my new cutters that arrived Friday from Karen's Cookies (seriously awesome customer service, I ordered Tuesday & they were here by Friday).
This recipe is sweet but not overly sweet, has a rich chocolate flavor and remains moist. It calls for a small amount of crisco, which I normally do not use even in my decorating buttercream, I use all unsalted butter. I wanted to make the recipe exact for the first time. I'll try all butter next time. I am a no chill kind of girl, so I used 3.5 cups of flour since I was going to roll it and bake right away.
You can find the recipe here on LilaLoa's blog or at the end of this post.
Try it.. I think you'll love it just like I did.
Cookies for an upcoming event ...
shshh... I'm shipping these to NY to my in-law's for their 50th wedding anniversary
Cookies ..ready for flooding
The End-All Chocolate Cookies Recipe ..adapted from LilaLoa
1 cup butter
1/4 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
2/3 cup cocoa
3 or 3 1/2 cups flour
Cream butter, shortening and sugar together. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix well. Add baking powder and salt and mix again. Stir in the cocoa until well blended. Add flour 1 cup at a time. IF YOU ARE GOING TO MAKE COOKIES RIGHT AWAY, ADD 3 1/2 cups flour. If you are going to "chill" the dough, or just wait for another day to make your cookies, STOP AT 3 cups. It will be totally soft and look all wrong, and you will want to ignore me completely and add more flour, but I'm telling you -- DON'T DO IT. Practice self-restraint. You will be glad you did, and I will be proud of you. Roll out on lightly floured surface. Bake at 375 F for 6 1/2 minutes.
Thank you LilaLoa for sharing this with us!