You can celebrate your valentines any day of the year and my favorite way to do that is with my heart shaped cookie cutter and these intensely chocolate sugar cookies adapted from sweetapolita.com.
On the surface these cookies appear to be simple sugar cookies but all it takes is one bite to realize that you are in for something special. The addition of ground cinnamon, nutmeg and a touch of fiery cayenne pepper adds a surprising burst of flavor in every bite. These spices pair so nicely with the dark chocolate. And while these cookies do contain a very generous amount of sugar they are anything but sweet. Rather they are complex and flavorful making them the perfect sugar cookie.
So go ahead and grab your rolling pin and your favorite cookie cutters and bake this treat today. You won’t be disappointed.
MEXICAN DARK CHOCOLATE SUGAR COOKIES
6 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
1-1/4 cups dark cocoa powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 cups unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup light brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- In large bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, cayenne pepper and salt. Set aside.
- Fit your stand mixer with a paddle attachment. To the mixer’s bowl, add the butter and sugars and beat until fluffy and pale, about 5 minutes.
- Beat in eggs, one at a time, until just combined.
- Add flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix on low speed until thoroughly combined.
- Add vanilla and blend.
- Remove 1/2 of dough from bowl, make a ball, and place on a large piece of plastic wrap on counter.Wrap the sides of wrap over the ball, then press down with the palm of your hand and make a disc about 2″ thick. Finish wrapping the disc with the plastic wrap. Repeat with 2nd half of dough. Chill both discs of dough for about 45 minutes.
- Remove one disc and remove plastic wrap. Place the dough on a piece of parchment paper or a silicone rolling mat and roll the dough until it is 1/4 inch thick.
- Repeat with the remaining ball of dough.
- Slide your parchment paper and dough onto a board, then place in refrigerator for about 15 minutes.
- Preheat your oven to 325° F.
- Remove the dough from fridge, and cut your shapes using the cutters of your choice, placing them on a parchment lined baking sheet.
- Place the sheet with the cookies into freezer for 15 minutes before baking.
- Bake until cookie edges are just crisp, about 16 minutes.
- Cool sheets on wire racks for 10 minutes, then gently remove cookies and place on wire racks to finish cooling.
Yields: 3 dozen cookies