brownie cookies.

after my cake fail, i felt pretty discouraged about baking. i feel like that every time something doesn’t turn out the way i want it to in the kitchen. the cake was too dense and dry for my taste. i didn’t make enough frosting. and, i used too much almond extract.

to rescue myself from flops, i always make something extra chocolate-y. i also like to follow other people’s recipes for a guaranteed good result. i knew i had to turn to my newly acquired smitten kitchen cookbook to make it all better.

this cookbook is brilliantly photographed. i just want to eat everything off the page. when i saw this recipe, i knew it had to be the first one i make out of this book.

i used my new cupcake cookie cutter that m got for me. sidenote: totally excited to use this cookie cutter with sugar cookies and decorate with colorful royal icing.

it did not disappoint. i even made a couple ice cream sandwiches with some homemade pumpkin chocolate chip ice cream sitting in my freezer. m inhaled the ice cream sandwich. so, i hope that this recipe does not disappoint you.

the next time, i think i’m going to do a mexican chocolate twist on this for a little kick.
you’ll see these revisited.

how do you recover from a kitchen fail?

brownie cookies
printable recipe – barely adapted from smitten kitchen cookbook

yield a bit more than 2 dozen cookies

3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 sticks unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups vanilla sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

whisk flour, salt, and baking powder in bowl and set aside. in the bowl of an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar together until fluffy and pale. add eggs and vanilla. mix in cocoa powder.  add flour mixture and mix until dough comes together and all is incorporated. wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill in fridge for at least one hour.

preheat oven at 350 and prep baking sheet with parchment paper. flour surface and roll out cookie dough til 1/4 inch thick. cut into your favorite shape(s). brush flour off the top, as best as possible. bake cookies for 10 minutes until the edges are firm and the center is slightly soft. cool on rack and then eateateat.


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