Cookie Recipes

Brownie Cookie

Ingredients: 

4 ounces baking chocolate (unsweetened or bittersweet)

2 cups granulated sugar 

2 sticks salted butter, softened

3 large eggs 

1 tablespoon vanilla extract 

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 

1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon cocoa powder

1 teaspoon baking powder 

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 

Powdered sugar, for dusting 

Directions: 
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
  2. Put the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and melt it in the microwave. Stir and let cool.
  3. Using an electric mixer, mix together the sugar and butter in a large bowl until totally combined. With the mixer on low, slowly drizzle in the cooled chocolate. Scrape the bowl and mix again. Mix in the eggs one at a time, then the vanilla. Scrape the bowl once more and mix.
  4. Combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in a bowl and stir it together. Add it in scoops to the mixing bowl with the mixer on low. Scrape the bowl once and mix.
VAIN Products Used: 

Brownie Cookie

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Ingredients: 

1/2 cup confectioners' sugar

1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

8 Tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room
  temperature

1 1/4 cups sugar

2 egg

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, I used VAIN Madagascar Vanilla Extracted in Premium Vodka

Directions: 

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. 

Put the confectioners' sugar into a bowl and set aside.

In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar on medium speed until creamy, about 3 minutes. Turn off the mixer and scrape down the bowl with a rubber spatula. Add 1 egg and beat on medium speed until blended. Add the other egg and vanilla and beat until blended.

Turn off the mixer and add the flour mixture. Beat on low speed just until blended.

Using a tablespoon, scoop up a rounded spoonful of dough. Scrape the dough off the spoon into the palm of your other hand. Roll the dough into a ball. Roll the ball in the confectioners' sugar until covered. Place the balls on a prepared baking sheet. Repeat, spacing the balls about 2 inches apart.

When 1 baking sheet is full, put it in the oven and bake the cookies until they are crackled and puffed, 10 to 12 minutes. Using oven mitts, remove the baking sheet from the oven and set it on a wire rack for 15 minutes. 

Place the cookies onto the rack and let cool completely. Repeat with the rest of the cookies. Makes about 24 cookies.

VAIN Products Used: 

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Eggnog Cookies

Ingredients: 

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

3/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar

2 large egg yolks

1 1/2 tsp VAIN Vanilla extract ( I used our limited edition Tanzanian Vanilla in Spiced Rum)

1/2 cup eggnog (We recommend Shatto Eggnog)

Directions: 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon for 30 seconds, set aside. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip together butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar until pale and fluffy. Mix in egg yolks one at a time, blending just until combined after each addition. Mix in VAIN vanilla extract, and egg nog. With mixer set on low speed, slowly add in dry ingredients and mix just until combined. Scoop dough out by the heaping tablespoonfuls and drop onto Silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheets, spacing cookies 2-inches apart. Bake in preheated oven 11 - 13 minutes. Allow to rest on baking sheet several minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.

VAIN Products Used: 

Eggnog Cookies

Ginger Shortbread

Ingredients: 

3/4 pound unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 cup sugar

1 Tbsp VAIN Ginger Vanilla Extract

3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 tsp. salt

Demerara sugar for dusting

Directions: 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In mixer, cream butter and sugar until light colored. Add vanilla. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour and salt, then add to butter mixture. Mix on low until dough comes together. On a floured surface, shape into a disk. Chill for 30 minutes.

Roll the dough 1/4 thick and cut into desired shapes. Place cookies on ungreased baking sheet and sprinkle with Demerara sugar. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until edges begin to brown. Allow to cool to room temperature.

Ginger Shortbread

Hot Chocolate Cookies

Ingredients: 

Courtesy of Julie Mulhern

For the cookies – 

½ cup unsalted butter
12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
1½ cups flour
½ cup cocoa powder
1½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1½ cups brown sugar
3 eggs
2 teaspoons VAIN Madagascar Vanilla extracted in Cane Rum
1 bag mini marshmallows

For the glaze – 

4 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
¼ cup cocoa powder
¼ cup hot water
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon VAIN Madagascar vanilla
Sprinkles

Directions: 

For the cookies -

In a small sauce pan melt the butter then whisk in the chocolate chips until smooth. Let cool.
Sift together dry ingredients (flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt).
In a standard mixer combine sugar, eggs, and vanilla until fluffy.
Mix the cooled chocolate into the sugar, eggs, and vanilla.
Slowly add the dry ingredients and mix until combined.
Cover the dough with plastic wrap and chill for one hour.
Preheat the oven to 325F
Line a baking sheet with parchment and spoon out 1 tablespoon of dough rolled into a ball. Flatten slightly.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes
Remove from oven and top each cookie with 3 mini marshmallows.
Bake an additional 2 to 3 minutes.
Remove cookies from oven and cool on a wire rack.

For the glaze - 

In a medium bowl combine the melted butter, cocoa powder, hot water, and vanilla.
Sift in the powder sugar and stir until combined.
Lay a piece of parchment paper under the cooling rack holding the cookies.
Drizzle each cookie with glaze and, while the glaze is wet, sprinkle with sprinkles.
Let glaze set for at least 30 minutes.

Keep cookies in an airtight container.

Hot Chocolate Cookies

Island Macaroons

Ingredients: 

1 can sweetened condensed milk

1 bag Angel Flake coconut (14 oz.)

2/3 Cup All-purpose flour

pinch salt

1 Tablespoon VAIN Vanilla Extract (we prefer Indonesian Vanilla Extracted in Cane Rum)

Directions: 

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Chill for 30 minutes.

 

Scoop or spoon onto parchment lined baking sheet.

 

Bake in 350 degree oven for 12-15 minutes. Cool on rack. Store in airtight container.

VAIN Products Used: 

Island Macaroons