Chocolate ZZZ Cookies

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Z-shaped chocolate cookies satisfy the midnight munchies.


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar

  • 1 large egg yolk

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Put butter and sugar in a large bowl; beat until smooth. Add egg yolk, flour, cocoa, vanilla, baking powder, and salt; mix until well blended and smooth.

  2. Divide dough in half. Roll out one piece between 2 sheets of parchment paper 1/4 inch thick. Repeat with remaining piece. Stack dough (still between parchment paper) on a baking sheet; freeze 15 minutes.

  3. Working with one piece at a time, cut out dough with a 3-inch-high Z-shape cookie cutter, easing out shapes onto parchment-lined baking sheets as you work. Refrigerate shapes until firm, about 15 minutes.

  4. Bake, rotating sheets halfway through, until firm, about 12 minutes. Let cool completely on sheets on a wire rack.

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