Chocolate Sugar Cookies

I make a LOT of sugar cookies.  I love making sugar cookies and I love decorating them even more.   I call it piping therapy.  It relaxes me  believe it or not.  But every now and then, I need to switch up my cookie game and make chocolate sugar cookies.  I got this recipe from Sweetopia.  This recipe is amazing all by itself, but it does have a rich cocoa flavor.  If that is something you  might not like then I would add 1/4 cup less cocoa powder.  I also did make the recipe Charlie friendly and it worked out great!

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INGREDIENTS

~ 1 Cup shortening plus 6 tablespoons water

~ 1 Cup room temperature dairy free margarine

**If you are  not making milk free cookies, use 2 cups of room temperature butter instead of  shortening, water and margarine **

~ 2 Cups sugar

~ 2 Large eggs

~ 3 Teaspoons vanilla

~ 4 Cups flour

~ 1 1/2 Cups cocoa powder

~ 1 Teaspoon salt

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DIRECTIONS

~ Cream the shortening and water together until well incorporated.  Add margarine and combine well again.  Add sugar and mix about one minute.  Do not over mix because you do not want a lot of air getting into this batter.  Add eggs one at a time.  Next add the vanilla.

~ Sift all dry ingredients together in a separate bowl and add them to the butter mixture.  Combine the two until just incorporated.

~ Roll out the dough in between two pieces of parchment paper to 1/4 inch thick and put into the refrigerator

~ Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. While the oven is heating up, cut out the cookies with cookie cutters. Bake 8-12 minutes or until the middle of the cookie no longer looks wet. Let cool completely and decorate.

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One of Charlie’s creations
We decorated the cookies with royal icing and sprinkles of all shapes and sizes.  The kids had so much fun decorating the cookies!  Charlie loved the sprinkles the most, and perhaps accidentally spilled an entire bottle of them all over the floor.  The fun we had was worth the mess!  Michaela loved doing the tie dye approach and became quite the little artist.

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Have fun with your families and make a batch to try yourself

Stay sweet~ Amanda

 

 

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