Photography: David Prince
Halloween 2004, October Holiday 2004
Yield Makes about 4 dozen
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 cups black and orange mini candy-coated chocolates
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees, with racks in upper and lower thirds. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Sift flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt together into a large bowl.
- Put butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; beat on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Beat in vanilla. Reduce speed to low; beat in flour mixture. Stir in 1 cup candies.
- Drop dough by the tablespoon onto baking sheets about 2 inches apart. Press remaining 1/4 cup candies into tops of cookies.
- Bake cookies, switching positions of sheets about halfway through, until just firm, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks 5 minutes. Transfer cookies to racks, and let cool completely.
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