|I admit: I thumbprinted in them in case they needed the Nutella|
- 3 cups flour
- 6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup sugar (I used brown sugar)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- Extra sugar (for sprinkling)
- Set the oven at 400 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
- In a bowl, whisk the flour, cocoa powder, and salt; set aside.
- In an electric mixer, cream the butter. Add the sugar gradually, beating until smooth. Add the vanilla and eggs, one by one, beating until thoroughly blended.
- With the mixer set on low speed, beat in the flour mixture. You'll have to finish mixing with your hands; the batter is quite stiff.
- Spoon rounded tablespoons of batter into your palms and roll into 1-inch balls. Set on the baking sheets about 1 inch apart. Press down with the tines of a fork, once in each direction, to create a crisscross pattern. Continue until all the cookies are shaped and marked.
- Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until the bottoms are slightly brown. While they are hot, sprinkle the tops with extra sugar. Cool for 5 minutes. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely.