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Dark Chocolate Glazed Butter Cookies   

Rich Chocolate “Slice & Bake” Cookies with Dark Chocolate Glaze

These incredible cookies graced the cover of Cook’s “Holiday Baking” issue and I couldn’t wait to try the recipe. Similar to shortbread, they are buttery and rich, like a chocolate Lorna Doone. The bittersweet glaze heightens the chocolate indulgence perfectly.

Chocolate Cookies   Download Rich Chocolate Slice and Bake Cookies recipe

2 ½ sticks tablespoons unsalted butter (2 1/2 sticks), softened to cool room temperature

½ cup cocoa powder (about 2 ounces)

1 teaspoon espresso powder

1 cup sugar (7 ounces)

¼ teaspoon table salt

2 large egg yolks

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

2 ¼ cups unbleached all-purpose flour (11 1/4 ounces)

½ cup sanding sugar or finely chopped pistachios (for rolling)

Dark Chocolate Glaze

4 ounces bittersweet chocolate

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 tablespoons corn syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1.  Adjust oven rack to middle position; heat oven to 375 degrees. Melt 4 tablespoons butter in medium saucepan over medium heat. Add cocoa powder and espresso powder; stir until mixture forms smooth paste. Set aside to cool, 15 to 20 minutes.

2.  In standing mixer fitted with paddle attachment, mix remaining 16 tablespoons butter, sugar, salt, and cooled cocoa mixture on high speed until well combined and fluffy, about 1 minute, scraping sides of mixing bowl once or twice with rubber spatula. Add yolks and vanilla and mix on medium speed until thoroughly combined, about 30 seconds. Scrape sides of bowl.

3. With mixer running on low, add flour in three additions, waiting until each addition is incorporated before adding next and scraping bowl after each addition. Continue to mix until dough forms cohesive ball, about 5 seconds. Turn dough onto parchment paper and shape into dough log, 2 inches in diameter and about 12 inches long; use parchment paper or plastic wrap to roll into neat cylinder. Chill until very firm and cold, at least 1 hour.

4. Roll chilled log in sanding sugar or nuts and then slice dough into 1/4 inch thick cookies and place on parchment-lined baking sheets.

5. Bake until cookies show slight resistance to touch, 10 to 12 minutes, rotating baking sheet halfway through baking time; if cookies begin to darken on edges, they have over-baked. Cool for 5 minutes and then transfer cookies to wire rack; cool completely.

For Glaze:

1. Melt bittersweet chocolate with butter in a double-boiler and whisk until smooth. Remove from heat and add corn syrup and vanilla extract and mix until smooth and shiny. Use back of spoon to spread scant 1 teaspoon glaze almost to edge of each cookie. (If necessary, reheat to prolong fluidity of glaze.) Allow glazed cookies to dry at least 20 minutes.

Chocolate butter cookie dough sliced
Dark Chocolate Butter Cookies unbaked sheet
Dark chocolate butter cookies cooling


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These are so perfect. Wow.

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They looked so delicious and perfect to me! I am so impressed! Thanks for a lot for sharing. I can't wait to try it.

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