Tiffany enjoys navigating motherhood while treating herself and her family to satisfying homemade meals.
One evening I found myself wishing I had some cookies, which happens more often than it should. Of course, any kind of cookie would do, but I didn't feel like going to the store and I don't have a pantry overflowing with cookie ingredients like chocolate chips or raisins. I took inventory of what I did have - butter, eggs, flour, sugar, vanilla, and cocoa powder. I was sure I could find a recipe that included those ingredients. This particular recipe is a combination of recipes I found and I just changed certain things as I saw fit.
Too Many Cookies?
If you're only baking cookies for a house of one or two, you definitely don't need 3 dozen ready to eat cookies sitting in the kitchen. In that case, prepare the recipe as instructed and only bake the number of cookies you want. As for the other cookies, place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, cover with plastic wrap and freeze overnight. The next day, pop the dough balls into plastic baggies and place them back in the freezer. Now they are ready whenever you are!
Not Enough Cookies?
You can easily double this recipe if you're making cookies for a crowd. These would be wonderful for a Christmas cookie exchange!
Want to Change Things Up?
You could add other toppings to this cookie, like chopped walnuts. Just don't skip the sugar, or you will just have an unsweetened chocolate cookie. If you've ever tasted plain, unsweetened cocoa powder or baker's chocolate, then you know what I'm talking about.
You may even try to make this recipe a bit healthier by substituting apple sauce or avocado for the butter. I have not tried these particular variations, but I imagine the cookies would still turn out just fine.
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- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 egg
- 1/2 tsp., vanilla
- 1 cup sugar, plus extra for coating
- 1 cup flour
- 6 tbsp. cocoa powder, unsweetened
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a medium-sized bowl, mix the wet ingredients (butter, egg, and vanilla) until well-combined. Set aside.
- In a separate bowl, combine the remaining dry ingredients (sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.)
- Add the dry ingredients to the bowl of wet ingredients and mix. Roll teaspoon-sized balls of dough and then roll in sugar until the outside is coated.
- Optional: Roll or dip the cookie in additional toppings, such as chopped walnuts.
- Bake the cookies for approximately 8 minutes, and let cool.