All purpose flour – 1 2/3 cups
Unsweetened Cocoa powder – 3 1/2 tablespoons (I used Dutch processed)
Salt – 1/4 teaspoon
Butter – 1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup), slightly soft
Granulated sugar – 1/2 cup
Powdered sugar – 1/3 cup (also known as confectioner sugar or icing sugar)
Instant coffee – 3 tablespoons (dissolve in 1 1/4 tablespoons of hot water)
Pure vanilla extract – 1 teaspoon
For Icing (optional)
Powdered sugar – 1 cup (also known as confectioner sugar or icing sugar)
Unsweetened Cocoa powder – 2 tablespoons (I used Dutch processed)
Hot water – 2 tablespoons
In a bowl, sift together all purpose flour, cocoa powder and salt. Keep aside.
In another bowl, beat butter and both sugar until light and fluffy. (You can use electric hand mixer or stand mixer or do by hand using spatula.)
Add coffee mixer and vanilla extract. Beat until incorporated.
Add flour mixture and beat until evenly incorporated.
Divide the dough in two portions. Place between sheets of parchment paper. Roll it using rolling pin into 1/8 inch thick. (If you find it hard to roll just put the dough in refrigerator for 15-20 minutes. If dough is cracking while rolling just leave it on counter for few minutes to soften a little bit.)
Cut into heart or any other shape using cookie cutter. (I used heart shape, you can use 2 inch diameter round cutter.) Place on parchment lined cookie sheet and chill it in to freezer for 15 minutes (it will firm up the dough so cookie will maintain its shape). Meanwhile preheat the oven at 350 degree F or 177 degree C.
Bake it for 8-10 minutes depending on your cookie’s size. It is done when you press in center of cookie you find it just started to firm.
Cool it completely on wire rack.
To make icing take powdered sugar and cocoa powder in a deep bowl. Add hot water and mix well to make runny consistency.
If you are using piping bag then use writing tip. Fill the piping bag with icing and make fine line of icing going back and forth on cookie. (You can use plastic Ziploc bag. Squeeze icing into one corner and twist the ends and snip the point of the corner to make small hole.)Let the cookie stand for some time until icing set and dry.