These chocolate cut out cookies are the perfect treat for special days. You can freeze some dough for impromptu baking sessions, too.
Those ready-to-bake rolls of refrigerator cookies are easy, sure. But you can mix up a batch of cookie dough at home with the ingredients you prefer and it won’t take much more time.
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(Using a simple cookie cutter shape and an embossed rolling pin makes fancy cookies faster.)
I’m not saying these chocolate cut out cookies are healthy, but you can opt for better ingredients than the store-bought dough. I’m betting you’ll think they taste better, too.
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These chocolate cut out cookies are pretty enough for gift giving. Need some ideas for packaging them?
Packaging and shipping your cut out cookies
This plain cookie tin can be dressed up with ribbon for a pretty gift. Plus, your recipient can use it as a storage container in their home.
Line a loaf pan with Kraft paper and tie it up with baker’s twine.
Opt for a round cookie cutter and stack them in wide mouth Mason jars.
Transform simple brown bags into a pretty gift like this.
Chocolate cut out cookies
- Beat butter, sugar, egg and vanilla in a large bowl (or the bowl of your stand mixer) until blended.
- In a separate bowl, stir together flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir dry mixture into butter and sugar mixture, beating until well blended.
- Refrigerate dough for an hour or so. On lightly floured board or between two pieces of wax paper, roll a small portion of dough at a time to 1/4-inch thickness.
- Use a patterned rolling pin to emboss the dough, if desired.
- Use a cookie cutter to cut into your favorite cookie cutter shapes.
- Place cut out cookies on an ungreased baking sheet. I like to line mine with one of these. Cool slightly then remove to wire rack.
- Heat oven to 325°F. Bake for five to seven minutes. Test for doneness by gently touching the top of a cookie. If no indentation remains, they're done. Cool slightly. Remove from cookie sheet to wire racks.