Come along with me as I journal about my latest cooking and gardening adventures. Discover what grows in my zone five garden, and see what new recipes I try from my cookbook collection each week.

As I share recipes and information from my kitchen, I invite readers to comment and share ideas along with me in this blog. I am looking to increase followers to my blog, so that I may learn more about cooking and gardening.

Since moving to Midland, Michigan, I have been reading and researching many cooking journals, cookbooks and collected recipes from the past thirty years. Organizing pictures of gardens I enjoy has also been a joy for me, as I continue to learn about garden design and horticulture.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

chocolate cookies

here is a recipe for an old fashioned drop cookie that is perfect if your family is a fan of dark chocolate.  this is from martha's cookie book.  recently, i attended a garden club potluck and took these cookies to the event. this recipe makes 4 dozen cookies

to make the cookies:   stir together 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons of all purpose flour, 3/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder, 2 teaspoons baking soda, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a bowl.

next, in the bowl of an electric mixer, mix 2 1/2 sticks of unsalted butter at room temperature with 2 cups granulated sugar.  then, add 2 large eggs, and 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract.  add flour mixture slowly.

form into a flat disk and wrap the cookies in plastic.  i place on a 1/4 sheet pan to store in the refrigerator for at least one hour.  the cookie dough is very soft and will firm up in the refrigerator.  when ready to bake, using a cookie scoop, form into small balls and roll in sanding sugar. place on parchment lined baking sheets or use silpat mats.

bake at 350 for 10 to 12 minutes.  the cookies will be soft from the oven.  allow to firm up before transferring to waxed paper.  another martha taste treat for your enjoyment.

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