Black Cocoa Chocolate Cut-Out Cookies

Black Cocoa Chocolate Cut-Out Cookies : recipe for decorating cookies from

Making decorated cookies for Halloween? You might want to switch up your usual sugar cookie recipe for something dark and delicious.

black and dutch-process cocoa powders

Black cocoa chocolate cut-out cookies use two types of cocoa powder: Dutch-process and black cocoa. Black cocoa is the secret to the Oreo's deep dark color. The trick is, you can't use too much of it, or your recipe will be bitter. A mix of cocoas is just the ticket.

Where to find black cocoa? I like the King Arthur brand. You can also find in on Amazon.

espresso powder and vanilla

Our other key players are vanilla and espresso powder. You won't taste either in the cookies, but they'll boost the chocolate flavor. (Don't worry about putting espresso powder in cookies for kids…there's a minuscule amount per cookie.)

The result is a substantial, soft, chocolaty cookie with a bit of bend before it breaks. It's said we eat with our eyes first, and these cookies tell the eyes, "This is a CHOCOLATE cookie!"

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