Introduction: Cocoa Snowflakes
This recipe from Penzeys, of which I'm a regular customer, makes delicious, bite-sized chewy brownie cookies with a pretty, lacy snowflakes top, perfect for snow season and the Holidays.
1 Cup all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
5 TB. butter
6 TB. NATURAL COCOA POWDER
1 Cup sugar
1 tsp. PURE VANILLA EXTRACT
2 large eggs
1 Cup finely chopped nuts (optional) (I cheated, I didn't chop, I used Coffee Grinder to grind the nuts)
1/2 Cup powdered sugar (for rolling cookies in)
Directions adapted from Penzeys and somewhat simplified by me are in following steps:
Step 1: Dry Ingredients
In a bowl, sift flour, baking powder and salt, set aside.
Step 2: Prepare the Dough
In a mixing bowl that can be warmed, melt the butter over low heat or water bath.
Add COCOA POWDER, blend well with a fork or a small whisk until smooth.
Stir in sugar until combined (it will be dark brown at this point).
Add PURE VANILLA EXTRACT, mix well.
Add eggs one at a time, stirring well after each addition.
Add flour mixture, mix well with a hand mixer.
Grind and add nuts if desired, mix well.
Divide the dough into 4 equal parts.
Wrap the dough with individual plastic wrap, refrigerate until chilled (at least 2 hours, better overnight). The dough never gets really stiff, but it won't roll into nice balls if it's warm.
Step 3: Roll the Balls
Preheat oven to 400F.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper (Don't use cooking spray/grease or the bottom of the cookie can get burnt).
Take only 1 part of the dough out of refrigerator to work with.
Pinch off a hunk of dough enough to make a 3/4" ball, then roll it into a ball, it's really easy, takes only a second. Then roll the ball in powdered sugar, be generous with the powdered sugar for a good snowflakes effect. I used a spoon to roll the balls in the sugar. Roll each part of the dough into 12 balls.
Place the sugar coated balls onto the lined cookie sheet, 2" apart.
Step 4: Bake and Enjoy
Bake cookies for 8 minutes at 400°, be ready to be delighted by the beauty of the snowflakes effect.
Let cool a minute, then remove from pan. Store in an airtight container to maintain the soft and chewy texture.
Enjoy! As a matter of fact, I just walked to my cookie jar and ate two of it.
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