Chocolate sugar cookies
One of my closest friends came to visit me 2 weeks ago , so I took the chance to bring him for a city tour on Saturday afternoon; walking along the streets I found that there were already all the lightful Christmas decorations, and for sure I could not miss to show him the famous Christmas market.
I like going there although I seldom buy stuff there, but I love the atmosphere and the passion in this fest: the stalls, people walking from one stall to another and the murmuring of chit-chatting. One thing I enjoy so much is sipping vin brulè, a seasonal beverage made of red wine, sugar and spices. It drives me mad especially when I am sharing it with friends under a snow fall.
Even if I am a Buddhist, I love Christmas very much: this is the celebration when families spend time together, eating, chatting, laughing and playing bingo (it reminds me of Thai New Year because we celebrate almost the same way).
I like my time in the kitchen; when I am at home I spend most of the time there: I cook, listen to the radio, surf the net on my computer. With Christmas approaching I am there even longer.
In one month it will be Christmas, as every year I prepare various cookies to present to family and friends. Our favourites are ginger bread decorated with icing sugar and sugar cookies with jam.
As chocolate is a must for us , this year I want to make chocolate cookies and I’m sure that I will make Paolo happy with this.
180 grams all purpose flour
40 grams unsweetened Dutch processes cacao powder
¼ tsp salt
½ tsp baking powder
115 grams unsalted butter, room temperature
175 grams granulated white sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
Rasprose jam or other jam (as I made rasprose ,raspberry+rose, on summer and I think it will go well with this cookies)
1.Sift together flour, cacao powder, salt and baking powder.
2.Beat the butter and sugar with electric mixer until light and fluffy (about 3-4 minutes)
3.Add egg and vanilla extract and beat until combined.
4.Add the flour mixture and beat until you have a smooth dough.
5.Dived the dough in half and wrap with plastic wrap. Put the dough in the fridge for about one hour.
6.Preheat the oven to 175 degrees C.
7.Remove the chilled dough from the fridge and roll it out on a lightly floured surface to a thickness of ¼ inch. Cut out the dough using cookie cutter shapes, I used round and flower with a hole of star in the middle and transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Place the baking sheets in the cool place for 10 minutes (to prevent the cookies from spreading and losing their shape while baking).
8.Bake cookies for about 12 minutes (depending on size and oven) or until they are firm around the edges.
9.Let cookies cool on baking sheet a few minutes before transfer to a wire rack.
10.Put the jam in the middle of the round cookies and put the flower cookies on top and finish it with icing sugar.
Enjoy cooking ^o^