I love to bake in the kitchen! One of my favorite recipes are these chocolate sugar cookies with Chocolate icing on them. They are oh so full of chocolate decadence and they have the consistency of brownies. They are just delightful for your or as a gift for anyone. I hope you enjoy this recipe.
Chocolate Sugar Cookies
3 C Granulated White Sugar
1.5 C Unsalted Butter, softened
1/2 C Dark Corn Syrup
1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon Instant Espresso Powder (optional but it does enhance the chocolate flavor)
1 1/3 C Black Cocoa Powder
1 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon baking Powder* ( I leave this out so that my cookies don't spread)
6-7 C Flour (depending upon how much moisture you have in your home0
2 Tablespoons Vanilla Bean Paste * (optional, but Vanilla bean paste always adds great flavor)
Using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar. Add the eggs, vanilla and corn syrup to the mixer and mix on low speed until it is fully blended. In a separate bowl, sift togther all of the dry ingredients. Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture one cup at a time with your mixer on low until all of the ingredients are incorporated. This dough many not pull away from the sides when it is mixed. It will be a stickier dough. When it is fully mixed, separate it into 3 separate mounds. Roll each ball to about 3/8" thickness between 2 sheets of parchment paper. Wrap them into plastic, or leave the parchment between the layers and you can stack them in the fridge or freeze until you want to use them. You will want to chill these flats at least 1 hour before baking. Because this is a softer dough, chilling will help in cutting out the shapes and enable them to keep their shape as you transfer them onto a baking sheet. Be sure to use either parchment or a silicone Silpat mat on your baking sheet to keep your cookies from burning. Bake at 375 degrees for 14 minutes (depending upon your oven and the size of your cookies). These turn out to be a softer cookie and have a deep fudgy, brownie taste. Ice with chocolate froting or leave plain, your choice.