May 20, 2012

Chocolate Roll-Out Cookies

This post is going to be slightly different from what I've been doing so far. Baking is one of my favorite things to do, next to art. So I thought I would show you something I really love making - cookies! I love decorating cookies, to be specific. I'll have another post for cookie-decorating next week. But first, here's a step-by-step on making chocolate roll-out cookies!

Prepare your dry ingredients in a medium-sized bowl

Whisk them all together and set aside

You will also need these ingredients

Now that you've prepared all the ingredients, let's begin!

  1. Place the softened butter, sugar, and orange zest (optional) in a big mixing bowl.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar on medium to high speed until it is light and fluffy.
  3. Add in the egg and vanilla extract to the mixture.
  4. Mix it in on low speed.
  5. Gradually add in the dry ingredients that you prepared in the beginning. Adding the dry mixture a little at a time allows the mixture to be fully incorporated.
  6. Mix on low speed, then slowly increase it to medium and fast.
  7. Add in the rest of the dry ingredients. Again, start from low speed and gradually increase it to fast.
  8. Mix until the dough comes together like this. Be careful not to over-mix it.
  9. Form the dough into a disk (or square, in this case) and wrap it up. Place it in the refrigerator for at least half an hour. When you are ready to roll the dough, take it out and let it thaw for about 15 minutes.
  10. Place the dough onto parchment paper. You can also use wax paper, foil, etc.
  11. Put another piece of parchment paper over it. This step will save you the trouble of flouring your kitchen counter and cleaning up the mess later.
  12. Roll out the dough between the two pieces of parchment paper with a rolling pin. I rolled it out to 1/4 inch thickness.
  13. Remove the parchment paper on top. Cut out some shapes with your cookie cutter and peel off the excess dough. Repeat steps 10-13 with the excess dough.
  14. Place the dough onto a cookie sheet and bake at 350°F for 12-16 minutes, or until the edges are slightly brown. Please note that thinner cookies bake faster, and thicker cookies bake slower. Also, shorter time = softer cookie; longer time = crispier/crunchier cookie.

I hope you enjoyed this baking post! I'll show you how I decorate them in the next post..stay tuned! :D