Chocolate Hugs and Kisses Cookies
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
- 1 1/4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Sanding sugar, for sprinkling
Sift together flour, cocoa, salt, and cinnamon into a bowl. With an electric mixer, beat butter and confectioners' sugar on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Mix in egg and vanilla. Reduce speed to low. Gradually mix in flour mixture. Wrap dough in plastic wrap. Chill 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out dough to 1/8 inch thick. Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Freeze 15 minutes.
Using a 2- or 3-inch X- or O-shaped cookie cutter, quickly cut out shapes from dough (if dough begins to soften, return to freezer for 3 to 5 minutes). Reroll scraps once and cut out more shapes.
Transfer shapes to baking sheets, spacing them 2 inches apart. Freeze until firm, about 15 minutes. Brush flour from shapes. Sprinkle with sanding sugar. Bake until crisp, rotating sheets halfway through, about 8 minutes. Let cool completely on sheets on wire racks. Cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.
SourceThe Martha Stewart Show, January 2011