Monday, December 6, 2010

Chocolate Sand Cookies

Here's a recipe for a cookie that's fantastic to bake and give. These cookies are named for their unique sandy texture. Package them with loose leaf tea for a lovely gift.

Chocolate Sand Cookies
Printable Recipe

1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
¼ cup cornstarch
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
6 ounces (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons milk, at room temperature
½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350˚F. Whisk together the flour, ¼ cup of the cocoa powder, cornstarch, and salt in a medium bowl. In a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat together the butter and 1/3 cup of the powdered sugar on medium until creamy. Add the milk and vanilla and mix on low until blended. Add the dry ingredients and mix on low until the dough comes together, stopping the mixer once or twice to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Scoop the dough by the tablespoonful onto parchment-lined baking trays, roll each scoop of dough into a ball, and arrange the balls about an inch apart. Bake for 16 to 18 minutes, or until the edges are firm. Transfer cookies to a rack and let cool for about half an hour, or until barely warm. Sift together the remaining 2/3 cup of powdered sugar and 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder. Roll each cookie in the powdered sugar mixture to coat.

Makes 32 to 34 cookies. Cookies keep for several days in a tightly sealed container in a cool, dry place. Perfect with a cup of Earl Grey tea.


Stanislav said...

I'm not an experienced baker, so I'm not sure if that would work or not.
Thanks for all you do!

Linda from NJ said...

Oh boy! These look great and perfect for gift giving. They seem like a nice adult cookie which is what I am looking for. I will be making these for sure. And if they are on your blog I know they are going to be delicious without a doubt.

Lynn said...

Yum, these look great!

avaserfi said...

Thanks for the recipe. I just coated them in the powdered sugar/cocoa mixture. They are great if you like sand cookies. I think these would be especially good with a Mexican chocolate style mixture too.

I do have one question. The bottom of my cookies flattened a little while baking. Is this normal?

Lucy Vaserfirer said...

Yes, it's perfectly normal for these cookies to develop a flat bottom.

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