I have a bone to pick with Martha Stewart. Well, not really. But every time I use one of her recipes, it never seems to turn out right. Maybe it's because I don't have her great baking skills. I don't know what it is. But I've about given up with her recipes.
I found this recipe for Giant Chocolate Sugar Cookies. On her site, they looked delicious. The cookies were big, and they crackled nicely. I followed the recipe exactly, but had quite a few problems in the presentation department.
The taste of the cookies came out great. But the large cookies flattened a lot and were really thin. They also burned around the edges. I had to cut down the bake time significantly and make my cookies smaller. A lot of my cookies still came out deformed. None of them looked quite like the ones pictured on her site. Next time I'll try a different recipe.
Boyfriend enjoyed the taste, and didn't mind stuffing on the deformed ones in his mouth. I liked how they tasted too. Very chocolate and fudgy. However next time, I hope to find a better recipe with prettier results
Chocolate Sugar Cookies (adapted from Martha Stewart)
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup vegetable shortening, substitute 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled (I used butter)
- 1 large egg
- 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 375. Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl; set aside.
Put butter and sugar into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted
with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium-high speed until pale and
fluffy. Mix in shortening (or additional butter). Add egg and vanilla;
mix until creamy. Reduce speed to low. Gradually add flour mixture, and
mix until just combined.
Drop golf ball sized dough onto baking sheets
lined with parchment paper, spacing about 2 inches apart. Bake until
edges are firm, about 10 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks.