There has been nothing but rain for the past week. Seriously. Nothing but rain. Constantly. And I think that it has perhaps been a week and a half since I’ve seen the sun. It is a moment I remember fondly, after only a day (only a day) of rain, I was driving to work and suddenly the clouds parted and there was a little ray of sunshine, just enough to peek through my car window for a minute, and then the clouds covered it again and I’m beginning to be afraid that it has been lost forever.
Bake Time:Makes about 2 to 3 dozen large cookies, or 4 to 5 dozen small cookies
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 teaspoon table salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
16 tablespoons (2 sticks) unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking powder together.
3. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy (about 1 minute). Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Then mix in the vanilla.
4. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture, beating on low speed, until the dough comes together somewhat.
5. Wrap the dough in plastic and chill for at least 1 hour. Remove from the fridge 15-20 minutes before rolling it out.
6. On a lightly floured surface (or perhaps between two sheets of parchment paper) roll the dough out to 1/4 inch to 1/8 inch thickness (thicker for chewier cookies, thinner for cookies that are more crisp). Cut the dough into shapes, brushing the excess flour off the cookies, and placing them on the baking sheet, about 1 inch apart. Then mash the rest of the dough together, re-roll, cut more more cookies, and continue to do this until all of the dough is used.
7. Bake for 8-11 minutes (8 minutes for 1/8 inch thick cookies, 10 to 11 minutes for 1/4 inch thick cookies), until the edges are firm and the centers are slightly soft and puffed.
8. Remove from oven and cool on baking sheet for a couple of minutes, then transfer to wire racks to finish cooling. Serve warm or at room temperature.