i made these last week. easy to make and cute. they looks so festive without being over the top. i used good italian cocoa powder and so they had a great chocolate flavor. they were only good for two days though...and i even put them in tuperware. so that kind of bummed me out. so make them if you have people coming over or you can give them away as gifts or you have a need for a solid binge.
here is the recipe from martha stewart:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, (spooned and leveled) plus more for rolling and cutting out dough
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
Small candies or sprinkles, for decorating (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, and salt; set aside.
- In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy; beat in egg. On low speed, mix in flour mixture. Divide dough in half, and form into 2 disks, each about 3/4 inch thick. Wrap disks in plastic; chill until firm, at least 45 minutes and up to 2 days.
- On a lightly floured sheet of waxed paper, using a floured rolling pin, roll dough 1/4 inch thick. (If dough becomes too soft to work with, refrigerate for a few minutes.)
- Using 2- to 3-inch Halloween cookie cutters, cut out shapes, dipping cutters in flour as necessary to prevent sticking; place on a baking sheet, spacing them 1 inch apart.
- Bake until surface is dry to the touch, 10 to 15 minutes (if decorating, press candies into dough halfway through baking). Cool cookies 1 to 2 minutes on baking sheet; transfer to a rack to cool completely.
i made vanilla icing and used it to decorate. adding another layer of nummines.