I have no idea where this recipe originated as I had clipped it out of a magazine several years ago and it was just titled “chocolate cookies”. I renamed it cocoa cookies as with the white chocolate and peppermint, it reminded me of a cup of cocoa. So you can now have the taste of cocoa in a cookie.
The original recipe was a plain cookie.
I will be posting several recipes over the next few days after doing a lot of baking today. It wasn’t planned to post all of them, but thought you might enjoy some of these recipes too.
This recipe makes a large amount, so many times I have done just half of it.
These are a great cookie plain – good and chocolatey.
To makes these a bit more festive, I dipped them about a third of the cookie in white candy melts then sprinkled with crushed candy canes.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 1/4 cups unsalted butter, room temperature
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- Additional sugar for dipping - approximately 1/4 cup
- White candy melts
- Candy canes or peppermints - amount will depend on how many you do.
- Sift flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
- Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each.
- Add vanilla.
- Beat additional 2 minutes.
- On low speed, add flour/cocoa mixture until well combined.
- Don't overmix.
- Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator for 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Use Silpats or parchment paper on baking sheets.
- Roll dough into 1" balls.
- Rolls these balls into your additional sugar.
- Place on baking sheet about 1 1/2" apart.
- Bake until just firm - about 8 minutes.
- Let cool on baking sheets for a few minutes.
- Transfer to cooling racks to complete cooling.
- Store in air-tight container after completely cool.
- For pepppermint accents.
- Melt 1/4 bag following directions on bag.
- Amount you melt will depend on how many coookies you want to decorate.
- Crush candy canes or peppermints in plastic bag.
- Dip cookie in melted candy melts.
- Place onto parchment paper lined sheeet.
- Sprinkle with crushed peppermints or candy canes.
- Let set until candy melts have hardened.
- A small cookie scoop works well.
- Consider other colors for dipping.
- Any sprinkles, nuts, or candies could be used for different holidays.