Chocolate Sugar Cookies

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chocolate-sugar-cookies.jpgSimple, buttery cocoa sugar cookies, wrapped up for the holidays. I imagine they would make wonderful ice cream sandwiches, but we ended up just snacking on most of ours. Note: this makes a LOT of cookies. I only ended up using 1/2 a batch, and that was enough for us plus enough to give as a gift. Next time I'm definitely halving the recipe.

3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa

Preheat oven at 350 degrees. Whisk dry flour, salt and baking powder in bowl and set aside. Mix butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla and cocoa in mixer. Gradually add flour mixture, and mix until smooth. Wrap in plastic and chill for at least one hour. Note: the dough will be very firm if you let it chill any longer - you may have to leave it out to soften a little.

Roll out cookie dough on floured (or powdered sugared) counter. Cut into desired shapes, brushing extra deposits of flour off the top. Bake on a parchment-lined baking sheet for 8 to 11 minutes (the former for 1/8-inch thick cookies, the latter for 1/4-inch cookies) until the edges are firm and the centers are slightly soft and puffed. Be sure not to overcook - they are best a little soft.

Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

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