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CHRISTMAS COOKIES! (Part II)

So, as promised, here is part two of my Christmas baking extravaganza!  I’m going to stick with the theme of icing-ed cookies :)

This time chocolate!  These ones have a really great chocolate flavour (they are almost like little cakes!) and the glaze is super simple to make.  It makes quite a bit of icing, so it’s good to keep in the fridge until you need it for brownies or something as it hardens quite nicely!

BIG OLD FASHIONED CHOCOLATE COOKIES

2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt
2 oz (squares) unsweetened chocolate
1/2 cup butter
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup milk

Stir together flour, baking soda, and salt.  Set aside

Melt butter and chocolate together.  I am partial to melting in the microwave as it takes considerably less time.  However, it is easier to burn the chocolate.  If you like the double boiler method, or even straight on the stove, continue!  In the microwave, never melt chocolate at full power (try 50-60%) and never longer than 30 or 40 seconds.  This gives plenty of opportunity to stir and keep an eye on the chocolate.  Once chocolate and butter have been melted, stir in egg and vanilla until smooth.  Stir in half dry ingredients.  Slowly at first, add some milk.  Continue to add milk in a steady stream.  Add remaining dry ingredients and stir until completely smooth.

Bake at 375F for approximately 10 min.  I believe I gave mine a couple extra minutes – you want the cookies to be dry and the tops will spring back when touched lightly with your finger.

CHOCOLATE GLAZE

1 oz unsweetened chocolate
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp hot water
2 tbsp milk
1 cup icing sugar

Melt chocolate with butter.  Stir in hot water and milk.  Add sugar and stir until smooth.  Again, taste to test sweetness and consistency should be like a heavy cream sauce.  Spread over cookies and let stand until hardened.

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Enjoy!

Thanks for reading! (Part III is coming!)
~e.

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