I remember the first time i had such cookies. They were offered by my mother in law. My husband was sharing to me how much he loves these cookies and he had them very often when he was a kid. Well well, i was hesitating even to try as i don't really fancy butter cookies. They were amazingly fragrant and i couldn't taste the butter so much .. I'm falling for them.
Chess cookies by Angela Seah Thulin
It looks complicated and you probably have to use a ruler to measure if you like an even design.. But hehe, i don't. All done free hand so i don't really have a detailed explanation to that. And yes this is another easy recipe.
325g All purpose flour
220g room temperature butter
140g granulated sugar
20g cocoa powder, sifted
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp lemon zest
1 large egg
1/4 tsp salt
Preheat oven - 175 degree celsius
1. In a baking bowl, beat the butter and sugar until light and fuffy (about 2 minutes).
2. Add the eggs, vanilla extract and lemon zest in till well mixed.
3. Then add the flour in and beat till they are well combined.
4. Divide the dough into half and place one half of the dough back into the bowl. Add the cocoa powder and beat until fully incorporated.
5. Place the two doughs on 2 parchment papers. Roll and shape them accordingly. For this part, you really have to use your imagination to ponder .. :)
Brush in between layers with water. Press down gently and then wrap and freeze for 15 minutes or until they are firm.
6. When firm, remove from freezer and cut them. Into preheated oven and bake them for about 6 -9 minutes or until you see the browning at the cookies edges. Remove from oven and place on wire rack to cool completely.