In the first week of January I take down the Christmas tree and most of the decorations, and then I begin the house "purge". Getting a bunch of new stuff in the holidays means getting rid of the old stuff. I go through each room and throw away, give away, or donate as much as I can. I love the feeling of order and spaciousness I get after a good de-cluttering session.
I also feel a sense of de-cluttering in my cooking this January. I am enjoying making good food with simple ingredients. This week I made a simple crusted halibut with a brown butter sauce. So easy, simple ingredients and pure tasty flavours. I also made a simple vegetable rice with cumin and saffron. Tasty.
Even in my baking I am simplifying. After a Christmas of eating rich shortbread, almond roca, fruit cake, chocolates in ALLLL forms, and too much caramel and cheddar popcorn.....I need a break!....and a treadmill.... So now that I need to re-stock the larder... I wanted a simple cookie, no fancy "holiday" flavors....simple... and here's what I made. Enjoy!
Simple Chocolate Sugar Cookies
What you Need:
2 1/4 cups of flour
1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp of Cream of Tarter
1 tsp of baking soda
1/4 tsp of salt
1 cup of butter, softened
1 1/2 cups of granulated sugar, plus more (about 1/2 cup) for rolling cookies in.
1 tsp of vanilla
What you do:
1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees
2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, cream of tarter, baking soda, and salt.
3. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together, add eggs one at a time and vanilla. Beat until light and fluffy.
4. Add dry ingredients to butter mixture, beating until combined.
5. Roll dough into 1 inch balls and roll in a dish of sugar to coat.
6. Place on parchment lined baking sheet, about 2 inches apart. Flatten balls with the bottom of a glass.
7. Bake for 8-9 minutes, remove from oven and allow to cool
Enjoy with a simple glass of milk. :)