I find myself always craving a bit of chocolate in the afternoons, as it goes rather nicely with a hot cup of coffee and the hour of stillness I have while my son is in quiet time. Some days just a little square will do, but other times something more extravagant is needed. I have found these chocolate sugar cookies to do just the trick; they are soft and delicious without being overly rich and sweet. They are a perfect afternoon indulgence.
- 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- ¾ cup cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- 2 ½ sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
- 2 cups sugar, plus more for rolling (1/2 cup)
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
Preheat the oven to 350. Line 3 half sheet pans with parchment paper. Put ½ cup sugar in a small bowl and set aside.
Whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt together in a medium bowl.
Using a standing mixer, cream the butter and 2 cups sugar together until light and fluffy, 3-5 minutes. Add the eggs and vanilla, and beat to combine. Add the flour mixture and mix on low until completely combined.
Shape the cookie dough into 24 balls, and roll each ball in the set-aside sugar. Place cookies on the prepared sheet pans (8 can fit on each) and bake for 11-13 minutes, until the edges have set and the centers are puffed and starting to crackle. Remove from the oven and move the pan to a wire rack, letting the cookies cool.