Every now and then, I get an urge to bake without the desire to do something intricate or crazy. I have a tendency to tackle recipes that are way beyond my skill level, but sometimes, a simple recipe is just as effective. These cocoa powder cookies are simple, light, and easy to prepare. They’re also exceptionally thin and tasty. This blog may be called Screw Your Diet, but these skinny cookies are one dessert that definitely will not screw your diet.
Recipe adapted from Food.com
Difficulty: Very Easy
Active Prep Time: About 10 minutes
Total Prep Time: 20 minutes
Special Equipment: Electric mixer
Makes: 12 – 18 cookies
- ½ cup butter, at room temp
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda (not pictured because I’m forgetful sometimes)
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF
2. Using an electric hand mixer, cream the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy.
3. Add the egg and vanilla extract. Mix until well combined.
4. In a separate bowl, sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.
5. Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix until everything is incorporated. Dough should be very light and fluffy.
6. Make truffle-sized balls (about an inch wide) and place them on a parchment lined baking sheet.
7. Bake for 8 – 10 minutes.
8. Let sit for about 5 minutes, then transfer to a rack to cool completely for another 10 – 15 minutes. The finished product will be thin, light, and chewy.
When you place the balls of dough on the baking sheet, be sure to space them much farther apart than I did. These cookies spread out and flatten pretty fast, and many of them ended up like sweet, delicious, conjoined twins instead of just being round.