Rainy Weekend Baking

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It rained all day Saturday and was quite chilly so the best place to be was inside.  I took a look around the cupboards to see what I could make and luckily had enough of the right stuff to put together a batch of cookies.

Even after baking, I had energy leftover for decoration. I am really a beginner when it comes to cookie decoration but every once in awhile I like to try to practice to see if my skills have improved at all. May be I need to be more consistent with the practice to improve.

Chocolate Cookie Recipe

125 grams unsalted butter

15 grams shortening

100 grams sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 grams baking powder

30 grams cocoa powder

190 grams flour

1. Mix the butter and shortening with a small whipper until well mixed. Add the sugar and mix well. Should be smooth.

2. Add the egg in portions to above and mix well.

3. Add the vanilla, salt, baking powder and cocoa powder (sift the cocoa powder) to the above. Mix well.

4. Sift the flour and to the above – mix in portions. Can use a spatula to mix together.

5. Knead lightly so that it is well mixed. Flatten and cover with plastic. Put in refrigerator for at least 1 hour before using.

6. Dough will be stiff when you start to use it, but be careful since it will soften quickly.

7. Roll dough and cut with cookie cutters. Bake at 170 Celsius for about 20 minutes (ovens vary so check cookies periodically).

8. Cool before decorating.

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