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Chocolate Sugar Cookies:

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 lb. (two US sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups plus 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • 1 scant cup dark cocoa powder
  • Pinch of salt

Directions:

  1. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the butter and sugar together until just incorporated. Do not over-mix at this stage, or the cookies may spread while baking.
  2. Add the egg and vanilla extract. Mix again on low speed, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl intermittently as needed.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder and salt.  Add to the butter and egg mixture.  Mix on low speed until a dough is formed and there are no longer any streaks of butter in the mixing bowl. The dough will often clump around the paddle attachment while being mixed. This is normal and a good sign that your dough is the right consistency.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  5. Turn the dough out onto a sheet of wax paper and top with a second sheet.  Roll dough into an oblong disc between the paper with a rolling pin.  Transfer dough - wax paper and all - to a large cookie sheet.  Wrap the dough tightly onto the cookie sheet with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  6. Remove top sheet of wax paper and roll dough a little thinner.  It should not be sticky.  You may dust the surface lightly with flour if it is sticky, but not too much!  You don’t want streaks of white flour baked onto your pretty dark chocolate cookies.
  7. Roll dough to a ¼-inch to ½ -inch thickness.
  8. Cut out desired shapes from the dough and transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Be careful not to stretch the cutout shapes or they will be distorted after baking.
  9. Refrigerate the cutouts for 30 minutes. This will help the cookies maintain a crisp shape during baking.
  10. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  11. Bake the cookies for 15 to 20 minutes.
  12. Let cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack. Decorate the cookies when completely cooled.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 2 lb bag powder sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 tsp vanilla 
  • 3 tablespoons champagne
  • 1-3 tablespoon milk 

Directions:

  1. Put butter and shortening in mixer and combine until smooth. Add sugar in one cup at a time until fully incorporated. When almost done mixing, add in champagne. You can use more or less to taste. I wrote milk into my recipe because I found the frosting to be very stiff and hard to use, therefore needed a bit more moisture. You may not need any milk.

 

Cookie Recipe from sprinklebakes.com

Champagne Buttercream Recipe from iambaker.net

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