Chocolate Snaps

  • Yield 7 1/2 dozen servings

Get hands-on in the kitchen with your kids when making these chewy chocolate cookies.

Chocolate Snaps
Lindsay Landis

Ingredients

1 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 large egg, at room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Kids can help line two baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.
  2. Let kids add flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt to a small bowl, and whisk to combine.
  3. Place the chocolate chips in a glass, microwave-safe bowl, and cook, uncovered, for 90 seconds, or until melted. Set aside to cool slightly.
  4. In a large mixing bowl on medium-high speed, let kids beat the butter and sugars until creamy. Add the egg and vanilla; beat for 1 minute until light and fluffy. Pour the melted chocolate into the bowl and beat for 1 minute more, until well-mixed.
  5. Add the flour mixture, turn the mixer onto the lowest speed and mix until the flour is just incorporated. Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl. Turn speed up to medium-high and beat for 30 seconds. The dough will look more like a thick cake batter than traditional cookie dough.
  6. Help kids spoon the dough into a pastry bag and squeeze coin-sized dollops of dough 1-inch apart onto the prepared baking sheets. Bake for 9 minutes, then remove sheets from the oven and let cool on the tray for two minutes. Using a spatula, transfer the cookies to a wire rack and let cool completely. Repeat with remaining dough, or see note for freezing formed cookies to bake at a later time.

Freezer Note: Place drops of dough onto a parchment lined cookie sheet—no need to leave too much space since you’re not baking them right now. Place the tray in the freezer until cookies set, about 20 minutes. Place formed cookies in a ziptop bag and remove as much air as possible. Freeze for up to one month. When ready to bake, follow directions, adding 1 extra minute to the cooking time, for a total of 10 minutes.

 

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