Monday, July 28, 2008

Brownie Cut Out Cookies

Quite a while back, I was checking out my beloved TasteSpotting and came across this blog that had a recipe for brownie cookies. I was immediately intrigued. Now what I usually do when I find a recipe that I would like to try, I copy and paste it to a word document that I have which is just full of recipes. But for some reason, I failed to do so with this particular recipe. So the other day when I went through my abundance of recipes and could not find it, the search was on.

As I have stated before, I love cut out cookies, but at times find sugar cookies to be a little dull for me. So this recipe is wonderful because I get to use my fun cookie cutters AND have an exciting cookie to go along with them!

Brownie Cut Out Cookies
Courtesy of Smitten Kitchen

3 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2/3 cup cocoa powder

Combine the flour, salt and baking powder in a bowl and set aside
In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter with the sugar. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix well. Carefully mix in the cocoa powder (it will puff everywhere if you're not careful!) until well combined.
Gradually add the flour mixture until the dough comes together.
Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill for at least 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface and cut into desired shapes.
Bake for 8 to 11 minutes depending on the thickness of the dough.
Cool on wire racks and enjoy!

These turned out great, and the smell of them baking was absolutely exquisite. I was a little curious as to whether these would just taste like chocolate sugar cookies or would they live up to their name. The name says it all, these tasted so much like little brownies that if you closed your eyes and ate one, you would never guess that they were cut outs. The dough was nice and easy to work with, and the flavor is so rich and wonderful that there is no need for icing. Enjoy!


Alexa said...

What pretty cookies... I love the idea of a brownie cookie. I'm curious are they crunchy, or soft when you bite into them?

Anonymous said...

I saw these on Smitten Kitchen too and they look so tasty and pretty. I'm curious about the texture also. How long do they stay fresh?

cindy* said...

smitten kitchen is one of my go-to blogs for recipes. i saw yours on foodgawker and thought, pretty! these look perfect!

Patricia Scarpin said...

These look so good. I have bookmarked that recipe too.
Love your photos!

Sarah said...

Those are some of the most fabulous cookies I ever made... awesome recipe!

Jacque said...

They are so perfect! and look delish too. Nice job!

Amy said...

Hey guys!! Thanks for the comments! The texture of these is a bit crunchy on the out side and soft but firm in the center. They didn't last too long, so I'm not sure how long they would stay fresh, they almost tasted better the next morning. Thanks again!