I didn't know until I started making these, that I didn't have enough cocoa. I had just over half the amount needed so I added a few tablespoons extra flour. They still turned out great! I decorated with melted chocolate to make them look festive. I also rolled them a little thinner than normal because I wanted to get more cookies out of the dough to bring to work and daycare. Unfortunately, I didn't count them. Everyone enjoyed them!
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
melted chocolate or icing
Sift flour, salt, baking powder and cocoa. Set aside. Mix butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla with a whisk or mixer just for a minute or two. It doesn't need to be super fluffy or anything.
Add flour mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until it forms a ball. Wrap in plastic and chill for at least one hour.
Preheat the oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment.
Roll out cookie dough on floured counter. 1/4 inch is a good thickness but mine were about 1/8th. I would have liked them thicker. Next time!
Place them on the cookie sheet and bake for about 8-10 minutes or until they just start to turn golden around the edges.
Cool on wire racks. I melted chocolate coating chips and tinted it green, then sprinkled with green sugar. You can decorate them however you like, or don't decorate them at all!
Adapted from smitten kitchen.