While I love to cook and give away my treats, I adore receiving them. When my friend Yasemin Krause @yaseminck presented me with a gift box of these cookies I immediately asked her for the recipe. Graciously, she shared her recipe for these adorable and delicious cookies which seem like the perfect Spring-time indulgence. Aside from being delicious, these cookies would make a wonderful hostess gift or party favor. If you decide to decorate them with frosting I would recommend a combination of white, dark pink and/or royal blue as these colors look great against the dark chocolate coloring of the cookie.
CHOCOLATE SUGAR COOKIES
2 3/4 cups flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking power
1 cup unsalted butter
1 3/4 cups white sugar
2 tsps vanilla
2 large egg whites
2 tsps fresh lemon juice
3 1/2 cups of powdered sugar
Optional: Food coloring
In a large-size bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, salt and baking powder. Mix well.
In a separate small-size bowl, beat the butter and sugar until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing after each egg is added. Add vanilla and beat all together. Then add to the flour mixture. Using a large spoon mix until smooth.
Divide dough in half and wrap with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for approximately 2 hours.
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Cut cookies in shapes of your choice and place on a non-stick cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes until the outsides of the cookies look crisp.
Cool for 10-20 minutes. Serve as is, with powdered sugar or decorate with frosting.
In a medium-size bowl, beat the egg whites with the lemon juice.
Add the powered sugar and mix until smooth.
Optional: If using food coloring, add in as much as desired until you get the color of your choice.
Use the icing immediately to prevent the icing becoming too hard to use.