Chocolate spice shortbread cookies


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Chocolate spice shortbread cookies

  • 1 1/2 C (200 g) flour
  • 1/2 C (50 g) unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 pound (230 g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 C (100 g) granulated sugar

In a small bowl, sift flour, cocoa, salt and spices together. Set aside.

With an electric mixer beat butter on medium speed for 3 to 5 minutes until fluffy. Add sugar and continue to beat until very light in color, about 2 minutes more. Add the flour and cocoa mixture and combine on low speed, until flour is just incorporated and dough sticks together when squeezed with fingers.

On a sheet of wax paper, pat and form the dough into a log about 12 to 14 inches long and 1 to 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Chill until firm, at least 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 325°F (165°C).

Line cookie sheets with parchment. Remove the wax paper from the dough and slice the log into 1/4 inch thick slices. Lay cookies on lined baking sheets. Bake until firm, 17 to 20 minutes. Cool completely on wire racks. Can be stored in an airtight container for 3 to 4 weeks.

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