[Chocolate Cookie]

Makes you feel a little bit better.

Sometimes we wish we could feel a little bit better. I know I rarely feel better in my life these days. Everyone praises Tyrande for her lack of effort while I, Maiev Shadowsong, am to be cast out and labelled as a betraying, murderous criminal despite all the millennia of devotion I have given to serving our people, much more than Tyrande or her smelly, tree-hugging husband ever has. They know nothing of true dedication!

Sometimes I feel like it is the end of the world, everything seems so doom and gloom. Thankfully, I discovered this really simple and effortless recipe for chocolate cookies… after eating one I can honestly say I do feel a little bit better.

Prep time: 10 minutes
Chill time: 1 hour+
Cook time: 9 minutes
Makes about 20-40+ cookies depending on size

Ingredients

Cookies

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour + extra
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened (or non-hydrogenated margarine)
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 large egg

Icing

  • 1/4 cup margarine
  • 1 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar (icing sugar)
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

You will also need:

  • Parchment Paper
  • Rolling Pin
  • Gingerbread Man (or Woman) cookie cutter
  • Piping bag or Zip-lock back for icing

Instructions

Combine 1 1/2 cup flour, sugar, salt, cocoa powder, baking powder, and baking soda in a large mixing bowl. Add the milk, egg, and softened butter/margarine and mix until a smooth, moldable dough is formed. Add the extra flour if necessary so the dough is not too pasty but forms nicely. It should feel somewhat like play-doh.

Cover the dough with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour, or overnight if desired. Before rolling out the dough, be sure to preheat the oven to 375 F when you decide you are going to make the cookies.

When the dough is cold enough to roll out, roll between two pieces of wax paper or parchment paper until it is about 1/4 inch thick, and use the cookie cutter to make shapes in the dough. Peel away excess dough and place cookies on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. Bake in the oven for 9 minutes, then set on a cooling rack to cool completely.

Icing: Combine icing sugar, margarine/butter, milk, and vanilla extract into a mixing bowl. Beat or mix until it forms a paste, it should look like butter cream icing — you can use/make whatever icing you want, if you don’t want to make butter cream — and place icing into a piping bag/plastic zip-lock bag. Fit with a small-tipped nozzle if using a piping bag (prior to filling) or cut a very small opening in a bottom corner of the zip-lock bag.

Pipe icing onto the cookies in any way you like (preferably to make them look like gingerbread people) and serve. Feel a little bit better with each cookie. Trust me, you’ll feel right as rain.

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