Saturday, December 12, 2009

12*12*12 Holiday Blog Hop - Chocolate Coin cookies

Welcome back friends to my second and last post for this Holiday blog hop!

I am not a big baker but in the spirit of Hanukkah I decided to make chocolate coins. I found a recipe on Martha Stewart website, dig out of the closet my old Tupperware pastry sheet and rolling pin and got to work.

Here is Martha's recipe with my comments


Makes about 3 dozen (I used small cookie cutter and got about 4 dozen cookies)

  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (I am going to try semi-sweet next time or add more sugar)
  • 1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest (optional) (I put the zest from the whole orange)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar


  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add egg; mix until well combined.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together cocoa powder, flour, salt, and orange zest, if using. Add flour mixture to egg mixture; continue mixing until the ingredients are just combined, scraping down sides of the bowl.
  3. Scrape dough onto a piece of plastic wrap; flatten into a disk. Wrap, and chill at least 1 hour or overnight. (1 hour was enough)
  4. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Place granulated sugar in a small bowl.
  5. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out dough to a 1/4-inch thickness. Using a 2-inch-round cutter, cut out cookies (My cookie cutter was a little bit smaller)
  6. Carefully press each cookie into granulated sugar. Transfer cookies to sheets, spaced 1/2 inch apart.
  7. Bake until cookies are firm, about 12 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Wrap in foil. Store in an airtight container up to 1 week.
Here they are, ready to be wrapped. I punched 2" circles from the gold paper and stamped them with Menorah and Star of David stamps. I don't remember where I bought the stamps, probably at Jo-Ann from the $1.99 bin.

Ella helped me to wrap each cookie in foil and we attached the stamped circle with adhesive.

I think it will be cute to put few in the baggie for the quick Hanukkah treat. I can also envision them wrapped in silver foil with cute Valentine sayings as Valentine party favors.

Ella loved the cookies, they are perfect for the pure chocolate lovers. I thought they came out not sweet enough. Next time I will try to use semi-sweet cocoa powder or add more sugar.

That's all for today! You have just one stop left - Julie from Just Our Story will share another fabulous project with you at 8pm exactly.

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. those are great! I might have to use them for a cooking lesson with my students :-)

    the wrappers are such a nice touch, very festive!

  2. the cookies are awesome! how inventive :)

  3. Wow, I love the wrapping! Beautifully done

  4. You did a great job! I will have to try these, the kids love the "gold coins" St. Nick brings.

  5. Happy Hanukkah!

    Those choccie coin cookies look great! I love the way you decorated them too. I could cope with that... even if I'm busy.
    Thanks for sharing.

  6. I've always wondered how to make these! Thanks!

  7. Mayer they look yummy! Im a better eater than a baker myself ! lol
    Great idea of yours to do them for valentines too !
    love maddy xxxxx

  8. i love these i need to check out my jailbird friend martha more often