This recipe makes 36 - 48 cookies. I should not be around 48 cookies … ever …
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled, plus more for dusting
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon fine salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, melted
Royal Icing , recipe follows
Your favorite sprinkles and nonpareils, for decorating
Two 1-pound boxes confectioners' sugar (about 7 1/2 cups)
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons meringue powder
Food coloring , such as gel coloring, if desired
Whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking soda in a medium bowl and set aside.
Put the butter into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment (or a large bowl if using a hand mixer) and beat on medium-high speed until smooth. Add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy, scraping down the sides of the bowl and paddle as needed, about 4 minutes more. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until smooth. Add the melted chocolate and beat until smooth.
Reduce the mixer speed to medium-low and add the flour mixture in two batches, scraping down the sides of the bowl and paddle as needed. Mix until incorporated.
Divide the dough in half and shape into two flattened disks. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm at least 1 hour and up to 3 days. Remove the dough from the refrigerator for 20 to 30 minutes before rolling, to soften.
Position oven racks to the upper and lower third of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment. Now flour parchment for rolling: Dust a piece of parchment with flour, place a disk of dough on it, dust the disk with flour, then cover it with a second piece of parchment. Roll out the dough about 1/4 inch thick. Cut out shapes with 11/2- to 2-inch cookie cutters. Gather up the scraps, re-roll and cut out. (Chill the scraps if the dough becomes too soft.) Roll and cut out the remaining disk of dough. Working in batches, arrange the cookies 1 inch apart on the prepared baking sheets.
Bake the cookies until the tops look dry and no indentation is left when pressed with your finger, 10 to 12 minutes. Let the cookies cool for a few minutes on the baking sheets, then use a metal spatula to transfer them to a rack to cool completely.
Decorate with royal icing as desired. Store at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
Combine the confectioners' sugar, meringue powder and 3/4 cup water in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment (or in a large bowl if using a hand mixer). Mix on medium-low speed until pure white and stiff enough to form peaks.
Add up to 1 tablespoon food coloring if using and mix with a rubber spatula until the color is uniform. Store at room temperature, covered, with plastic wrap on the surface for up to 2 days.
Re-whip until smooth before using.
Cook's note: Gel colorings work best with royal icing because they do not thin out the icing as liquid colorings do.
Yield: 3 1/2 cups
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