Monday, July 12, 2010

First Time's the Charm- Chocolate Charms

If you are noticing, we are blogging less frequently this summer- there are two reasons. The weather has been less than charming-  so incredibly hot that it has been hard to turn on the oven. I  am hoping that this heat wave will break and I can go back to normal baking.  Emily has been studying intensely for the NY bar exam and hasn't had time to bake, so please bear with us.   
These are cookies I baked for a friend's book group.  Of course, it was the day it was 100 degrees, but they don't require much time in the oven so it worked.  In any event,  they are a crumbly, bittersweet chocolate cookie, another Martha success story.

Chocolate Charms
from Cookies by Martha Stewart

2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder plus more for dusting
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 ounces unsalted butter at room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Sift together flour, cocoa and salt into a bowl.
Place butter in bowl of an electric mixer and using paddle attachment, beat at medium speed until fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add sugar and beat about 2 minutes more, until very light in color and fluffy, occasionally scraping down the sides of the bowl. Add vanilla and then add flour mixture on low speed, beating until just incorporated and dough sticks together when squeezed with fingers.  Form dough into a flattened disk and wrap in plastic.  Chill until firm, at least one hour.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.  Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.  Using a spoon, form  dough into one inch balls and place on prepared baking sheet.  Bake until firm 20-25 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through.  Cool completely on wire rack.  Dust with cocoa powder just before serving.  (I mixed in a little confectioner's sugar with the cocoa powder to add a little sweetness. ((post by Susan))

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