Introduction: Cocoa Snowflakes

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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.

INGREDIENTS

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)

Makes 48

Directions adapted from Penzeys and somewhat simplified by me are in following steps:

Step 1: Dry Ingredients

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In a bowl, sift flour, baking powder and salt, set aside.

Step 2: Prepare the Dough

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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

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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

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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.

Please vote for the Snow Contest once it was accepted.

Comments

SparkySolar (author)2014-10-23

Thank you so much for this neat Instructable.

I have no problems not sharing

Rima.

ffarris (author)2014-03-20

So good, none to share :)

drewj99 made it! (author)2014-02-15

WOW!

babybayrs (author)drewj992014-02-21

Beautiful! Yours look even better than mine.

Housedog (author)2014-02-11

Yum!

Can't wait to make these!

babybayrs (author)Housedog2014-02-12

They are really good. Try it. I think they can even be a Valentine's day treat.

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)2014-02-11

Oh.. they look so sinfully delicious :), thank you so much for sharing :)

Please try, you'll like it.

AngryRedhead (author)2014-02-11

Yum! And they look absolutely stunning!

babybayrs (author)AngryRedhead2014-02-11

I couldn't wait to open the oven door at the end of each batch.

FrecklesMagee (author)2014-02-11

These look so chocolatey and delicious!! I'll vote!

Speaking of which, voting in the Homebrews and Cocktails Competition is almost closed, so I'm looking for any extra votes for The Whoopie Pie Mocktail! Here's the link: https://www.instructables.com/id/Whoopie-Pie-Mockta...

Thanks!

Freckles

babybayrs (author)FrecklesMagee2014-02-11

Thanks.

Voted for you. Good luck.

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)2014-02-11

They look super delicious!

they really are delicious!

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