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Derry's Recipes: Cookies

Grammy's Chocolate Cookies

Category: Dessert-Cookies

Labor: Easy

Oven Temp: 350º

Baking Time: 8 minutes/batch

bullet2 cups all-purpose flour
bullet3/4 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
bullet1 teaspoon baking soda
bullet1/2 teaspoon salt
bullet1 1/4 cups (2 sticks plus 4 tablespoons) unsalted butter, room temperature
bullet2 cups sugar, plus more for dipping
bullet2 large eggs
bullet2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  1. Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter, 2 cups sugar, and eggs on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add vanilla, and mix to combine. Gradually add dry ingredients, and combine with mixer on low speed. Cover bowl with plastic wrap, and chill until dough is firm, about 1 hour.
  3. Heat oven to 350º. Line baking sheets with Silpats (French nonstick baking mats). Roll dough into 1-inch balls. Dip top of each ball into sugar. Place on prepared baking sheets about 1 1/2 inches apart. Bake until set, about 8 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool. Cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool. Makes about 10 dozen.

Anne Feldman Kennewick, Washington via Martha Stewart Cookie Contest. I have no idea who "Grammy" really is...

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Category: Dessert-Cookies

Labor: Moderate

Oven Temp: 350º

Baking Time: 9 minutes/batch

bullet1 cup butter, melted
bullet3/4 cup brown sugar
bullet3/4 cup sugar
bullet2 eggs
bullet1 tsp vanilla
bullet1/2 tsp salt
bullet1 tsp baking soda
bullet2-1/2 cups flour
bullet6 oz. chocolate chips
bullet1 cup nuts
  1. Beat melted butter until homogenized.
  2. Add brown sugar, sugar, eggs and vanilla and blend well.
  3. Add salt, baking soda, flour, mixing until well blended.
  4. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts.
  5. Drop dough by teaspoonfuls on cookie sheet lined with brown paper.
  6. Bake in 350º oven for approx. 9 minutes.

Chocolate Crackles

Category: Dessert-Cookies

Labor: Moderate/Messy

Oven Temp: 350º

Baking Time: 10-12 minutes/batch

bullet2 sq (2 oz.) unsweetened chocolate
bullet1/4 cup oil
bullet1 cup sugar
bullet1 tsp vanilla
bullet2 eggs
bullet1 tsp baking powder
bullet1/4 tsp salt
bullet1/4 cup nuts
bullet1/2 cup powdered sugar
bullet1 cup sifted flour
  1. Melt chocolate, blend in oil, sugar, vanilla. Add eggs & beat well.
  2. Sift dry ingredients into chocolate mixture. Mix in nuts.
  3. Chill several hours.
  4. Drop teaspoonful of dough into powdered sugar. Bake at 350º 10-12 minutes.

Chocolate P-nut Butter Surprise

Category: Dessert-Cookies

Labor: Moderate

Oven Temp: 350º

Baking Time: 12-15 minutes/batch

bullet2 cups all-purpose flour
bullet1/2 cup Dutch-proc. cocoa powder
bullet1/2 teaspoon baking powder
bullet1/2 teaspoon baking soda
bullet1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, room temp
bullet1/2 cup vegetable shortening
bullet1/2 cup granulated sugar
bullet1 cup & 1/4 cup (separated) light-brown sugar, packed
bullet2 large eggs
bullet1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
bullet1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
bullet1/2 cup peanut butter
  1. Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and baking soda. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter, vegetable shortening, granulated sugar, and 1 cup light-brown sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing until fully combined between each addition. Add vanilla, and beat to combine. Gradually add dry ingredients, and mix on low speed until fully combined. Remove from mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in chocolate chips. Cover bowl with plastic wrap, and chill until firm, about 1 hour.
  3. Heat oven to 350º. Line baking sheets with Silpats (French nonstick baking mats)
  4. In a small bowl using a rubber spatula, stir together peanut butter and remaining 1/4 cup light-brown sugar.
  5. Using a 1 1/4-inch scoop or heaping tablespoon, drop dough onto prepared baking sheets about 2 inches apart. Make a thumbprint in the center of each cookie. Fill thumbprint with 1 teaspoon peanut-butter mixture. Top with a second scoop of dough, and carefully mold dough to cover ≥surprise.≤
  6. Bake until firm, about 12 minutes (15 min. on airbake sheets). Transfer sheets to wire racks to cool for 5 minutes before transferring cookies to racks. Makes about 3-1/2 dozen.

Chris Capista Wausau, Wisconsin via Martha Stewart Cookie Contest

Gingerbread Men

Category: Dessert-Cookies

Labor: Hard

Oven Temp: 350º

Baking Time: 10 minutes/batch

bullet2 cups margarine
bullet2 cups sugar
bullet2 eggs
bullet1 cup molasses
bullet2 tsp baking soda
bullet1 tsp salt
bullet4 Tbs cocoa (unsweetened)
bullet4 tsp ginger
bullet4 tsp cloves
bullet1 Tbs cinnamon
bullet7 1/2 cups flour
  1. Cream margarine and sugar. Add remaining ingredients, folding in flour. Chill at least one hour.
  2. Sprinkle flour on clean counter, and roll out dough to 3/16"-1/4" thickness. Cut cookies and gently transport to baking sheets.
  3. Bake on ungreased sheets at 350º for 10 minutes. Makes about 72 5" people.

ICING: 1 1/4 cup powdered sugar, 1/8 tsp cream of tartar, 1 egg white. Beat at high speed - frosts about 30 people.