Some cool Cookies images:
Chocolate Cookies (Recipe)
Image by Ruthieki
I don't usually stray too far from my standard cookie recipes (chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin), but I made this recipe the other day because I was craving cookies and I happened to have all of the ingredients on hand. They were GOOD. Really, really good. Possibly my new favorite cookie of all time, even. They're soft, a little cake-y, and really chocolatey (sort of like eating a brownie in cookie form).
2 cups all purpose flour
¾ cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 ¼ cups (2 sticks plus 4 tablespoons) unsalted butter, room temp. (don't microwave!)
2 cups sugar, plus more for dipping
2 large eggs
2 tsps vanilla extract
1. Mix together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
2. Beat butter, sugar, and eggs on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
3. Add vanilla, mix to combine.
4. Gradually add flour mixture, and combine on low speed.
5. Chill until firm, about 1 hour.
6. Heat oven to 350.
7. Roll dough into 1-inch balls. Dip top of each ball into sugar. Place on baking sheets about 1 ½ inches apart.
8. Bake until set, about 8 minutes.
9. Cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.
Makes about 45, or just short of three cookie-sheets worth.
I found that baking them for exactly 8 minutes in a properly pre-heated oven yielded perfect cookies. They were very soft and prone to falling apart while they were still hot, but once they cooled the texture was just right. Yum, looking at this picture makes me want to make these again right now... they only lasted about 2 days in my house, mostly since I was eating three for breakfast and three with every meal and three more as a bedtime snack.
candy cane cookies
Image by chotda
rolled tuiles that actually taste like vanilla, not candy canes. from a martha stewart recipe.