Let's make some chocolate cookies. Be aware they are extremely addictive.
Chocolate Cookie Recipe for Cut Out Cookies
(adapted from LilaLoa)
2sticks (1cup, 226grams) room temperature, unsalted butter
1/2cup(140grams) tightly packed brown sugar
1cup (200grams) granulated sugar
1/2tbl vanilla extract
1/2tbl almond extract
2eggs room temperature
1tbl espresso powder
2/3cup(70grams) dark cocoa powder
3cups (450grams) all purpose flour
3/4tsp baking powder
Beat butter and sugars, for about 2 minutes, until fluffy, scrape down the bowl.
In a small dish bread the eggs, add extract and whisk until egg are broken up.
Gradually add egg mixture into the butter mixture, beating well after each addition.
Sift together cocoa powder and coffee powder.
On low speed add cocoa powder mix, on low speed mix well until combined.
In a large bowl sift together flour salt and baking powder.
Gradually add flour mix to the butter mix, on low speed in 3 additions.
Scrape out all of the cookie dough into a bowl. Knead for 30 seconds until no flour streaks are present. Dough will be soft.
Wrap into a plastic wrap and chill for 4 hours or up to overnight.
Preheat oven to 375F(190C). Roll the dough between 2 pieces of parchment paper, roll it out to 1/4 thick. Cut out cookies.
Place cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Small cookies bake in 6-7 minutes. Larger cookies take little longer.
Also I use electric oven, gas oven may act little differently and baking time may vary.
Cool cookies completely. Decorate as desired.
Store in the airtight container for up to 2 weeks or freeze undecorated cookies between pieces of wax paper in a large freeze safe container, for up to 2 months.(HOW TO FREEZE COOKIES)
Decorate cookies as desired with royal icing or other medium that you use.