Cookies for Your Valentine
- 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
- 3/4 cup unsweetened Dutch- process cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/4 cups (2 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temp
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- Sanding Sugar for rolling
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla, and beat to combine. Reduce speed to low, and gradually add flour mixture; beat to combine. Form dough into a flattened disk, wrap with plastic wrap, and chill until firm, about 1 hour.
Preheat over to 350 degrees F. Shape dough into 1 1/4 inch balls. Rolls each ball in sanding sugar. Place on baking sheets lined with parchment paper, about 1.5 inches apart. Bake until set, 10- 12 minutes, rotaing halfway through. Transfer to a rack to cool for 5 minutes. Transfer cookies from baking sheet to wire rack. Cookies can be stored between layers of parchment in an airtight container at room temp up to 1 week.