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Chocolate Spice Valentine’s Day Decorated Cookies

Ok. . .a tiny, chocolatey, Valentine’s break from breakfast. . .although these would make a wonderful breakfast. These cookies are fantastic.

Once you add the frosting they are near to perfection. Iced sugar cookies are nice. . iced chocolate sugar cookies are THE BEST.

You will definitely make friends or impress a date with these cookies. I don’t have a lot to say about these cookies besides. . YUM!

Last week  I mentioned making your spouse feel special. Here’s something else to mull over. How about you make these for someone random? Like your neighbor, your teacher, your bff, your vet?

You can never know what any random person has been through or is going through. Try not to judge too much. (But I will honestly tell you I judge a lot. I’m probably judging you right now.) Try to make someone feel special instead. You might be the one thing that makes them smile that whole day. Or week.

If you don’t want to ice them you can top them with sprinkles or sanding sugar before baking them. My girlfriend made them during the holidays and just rolled them into a log and chilled them until they could be sliced. She just sliced them and baked them.

These are really excellent with icing, though. They stay sort of soft and brownie-ish. A big hit in my family. These would be good with a fudgy icing, too.

Now go forth and bake chocolate sugar cookies and find love! At least find ‘like’!  These are like love potion cookies!

Chocolate Spice Sugar Cookies

2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature (1 cup)

1 3/4 cups white sugar

1/2 tsp salt

2 eggs

2 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 cup cocoa powder

1 tsp baking powder

3 cups flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In the bowl of a stand mixer cream the butter and sugar together. Add the salt and eggs and beat in to butter mixture. Add the vanilla and cinnamon and mix well. Add the cocoa powder and baking powder. Mix well. Mix in the flour last.  Wrap the dough in plastic and chill until firm enough to roll. . .it won’t take longer than 1/2 hour.

Roll out  half the dough at a time on a lightly floured surface. Roll out to about a 1/4 inch thick. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters. Bake on a parchment lined tray about 10-15 minutes depending on the size of your cookie cutters. Decorate with icing of your choice. I use this one.

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