sandy’s chocolate spice cookies

my brother in new york loves spice cake from enrico’s pastry shop in the bronx. when my sister-in-law sandy shared this recipe with me, the first thought that came to my mind was “hey, she’s trying to duplicate enrico’s spice cake in cookie form!”

these cookies are quite tasty, and they present well. they are also a terrific choice to add to a holiday cookie tray — with the combo of chocolate in both the cookie dough and the glaze, and the rich flavor of cinnamon, they are truly perfect for the winter holidays.

sandy’s chocolate spice cookies
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup baker’s sugar
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1 egg
1/2 cup whole milk

1. preheat oven to 400 degrees. line baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. in medium bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. set aside.
3. in your large standing mixer bowl, beat sugar and butter until well-blended. increase speed to high, and beat until light and creamy. be sure to scrape the bowl every few moments.
4. at low speed, beat in egg until well-blended. alternately beat in flour mixture and milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture.
5. with hands dusted with cocoa powder, roll about 2 level teaspoonfuls dough into 1″ balls. (use #40 scoop)
6. place cookies about 2″ apart on prepared baking sheets.
7. bake cookies 8-10 minutes until puffy (they will look dry and cracked.) remove from oven and immediately remove to wire cooling rack. cool completely.
8. when completely cool, dip 1/2 cookie into chocolate glaze (ingredients and instructions included below).
9. place glazed cookies onto waxed paper to catch drops, allowing glaze to set, approximately 30 minutes.
10. enjoy!

chocolate glaze
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
1 1/4 cups confectioner’s sugar
3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon boiling water

1. in medium bowl, mix cocoa with boiling water until smooth. (you may need a little bit more boiling water to get the cocoa mixture to be smooth. just add a few drops at a time)
2. gradually sift in the confectioner’s sugar and blend well.
3. it’s ready for cookies now! happy dipping!

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