Chocolate Cutout Cookies Recipe

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Chocolate Cutout Cookies Recipe
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Chocolate Cutout Cookies Recipe

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I love gingerbread cookies, but my grandchildren don't like the ginger flavor. Now I use chocolate and watch them smile as they take that first bite. —Nancy Murphy, Oneonta, New York
MAKES:
60 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 1 hour + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES:
60 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 1 hour + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • ICING:
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons water
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons meringue powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

Directions

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture.
Divide dough in half. Shape each into a disk; wrap in plastic. Refrigerate 30 minutes or until firm enough to roll.
Preheat oven to 350°. On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion of dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with floured 3-in. cookie cutters. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
Bake 10-12 minutes or until set. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
In a large bowl, combine confectioners' sugar, water, meringue powder and cream of tartar; beat on low speed just until blended. Beat on high 1-2 minutes or until stiff peaks form. Keep unused icing covered at all times with a damp cloth. If necessary, beat again on high speed to restore texture.
Using pastry bags and small round tips, decorate cookies as desired. Let stand at room temperature until frosting is dry and firm.
Freeze option: Freeze cookies, layered between waxed paper, in freezer containers. To use, thaw before serving. Yield: about 5 dozen.
Originally published as Chocolate Cutout Cookies in Cookies & Candies Bookazine 2015, p12

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • ICING:
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons water
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons meringue powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture.
  2. Divide dough in half. Shape each into a disk; wrap in plastic. Refrigerate 30 minutes or until firm enough to roll.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°. On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion of dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with floured 3-in. cookie cutters. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  4. Bake 10-12 minutes or until set. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  5. In a large bowl, combine confectioners' sugar, water, meringue powder and cream of tartar; beat on low speed just until blended. Beat on high 1-2 minutes or until stiff peaks form. Keep unused icing covered at all times with a damp cloth. If necessary, beat again on high speed to restore texture.
  6. Using pastry bags and small round tips, decorate cookies as desired. Let stand at room temperature until frosting is dry and firm.
  7. Freeze option: Freeze cookies, layered between waxed paper, in freezer containers. To use, thaw before serving. Yield: about 5 dozen.
Originally published as Chocolate Cutout Cookies in Cookies & Candies Bookazine 2015, p12

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muffbear74 User ID: 209131 276710
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2017

"I just made these using my Halloween cookie cutters. That way I have “black” cats and bats without having to make black frosting. The dough was very easy to roll out and cut. Being a dark chocolate lover, I was hoping for a little more chocolate flavor, but they still tasted great."

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otto213 User ID: 2766449 239469
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2015

"Dough mixed up beautifully. Tasted amazing!!! Definitely going to be a Christmas cookie tradition"

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