12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop~Day 1!

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12 Days of Christmas

December 1st – 12th 2013

Hosted by: As You Wish Reviews & Confessions of the Paranormal
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Day 1

Welcome to the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop!!!

Everyone has a YUMMY cookie recipe to share and there are some extra little treats scattered around the Hop too, so be sure to visit each of the Authors and Bloggers blogs to make sure you don’t miss out on something SWEET!

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I hope you are on Santa’s Nice List!

IMG_3462Mocha Slice Cookies with Candy Cane “Sprinkles”

 Recipe from MarthaStewart.com

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons instant espresso powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup cocoa nibs
  • Coarse sanding sugar

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Sift together flour, cocoa, salt, espresso powder, and cinnamon into a large bowl; set aside. Put butter and sugar into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle; mix on medium until pale and fluffy. Mix in egg and vanilla. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture; mix until just combined. Stir in cocoa nibs.

  2. Step 2

    Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface; roll into a 2-inch-diameter log. Wrap in parchment; transfer to a paper towel tube to hold shape. Refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour or up to overnight.

  3. Step 3

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Unwrap log, and let soften slightly at room temperature, about 5 minutes. Brush with water, then roll in sanding sugar. Cut log into 1/4-inchthick rounds. Space 1 inch apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper.

  4. Step 4

    Bake until centers are set, about 10 minutes. Transfer to wire racks; cool completely. Store in airtight containers at room temperature up to 2 days.

Note: When I made these last Christmas, I added crushed candy canes instead of sanding sugar. It was tricky, but turned out great in the end!

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