Chocolate Cookies

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For my last post, Pass the Plate, I made Chocolate Cookies that I sent to Sandra at Sweet Sensations.

These cookies are both semi-soft cookie and slightly chewy.  And oh so chocolaty.  A recipe for Chocolate Raspberry Cookies from Sweet Pea’s Kitchen  inspired me to make this adapted version.

Can I just say that there are so many talented people blogging today – it still amazes me. Everyone has something to offer, and in their own unique way. I don’t know what we did without them!

Chocolate Cookies

1/2 c. margarine, softened

1 egg

1/3 c. brown sugar

1/2 c. granulated sugar

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. baking powder

5/8 c. cocoa powder

1 c. all-purpose flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, add margarine, sugars, and egg; mix thoroughly with electric mixer.  Mix in salt, baking soda, and baking powder.  Add cocoa and flour.  Mix all ingredients until completely blended.

Chill dough in freezer for 1/2 hour.  Once dough is chilled, scoop dough from bowl using by dining sized teaspoon and roll into balls.  Place on prepared cookie sheet.  Spray the bottom of a small glass with non-stick cooking spray.  Press the glass down onto each ball – spraying after each pressing. Sprinkle with colored sugar, or sprinkles if desired prior to baking.

Bake for about 8 minutes.  Remove from oven and allow to cool before removing from cookie sheet.

Makes about 1 1/2 dozen.

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If you want to  see if Sandra eats these cookies, or feeds them to the neighbors dog, go check out her site.  She is going to be making some cookies of her own to pass along.  And please go to Share the Love Pass The Plate at BeBetsy.com to follow the plate from one blogger to the next, as this great fundraiser continues to raise monies to help in the fight against breast cancer.

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Pass the Plate

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When Sharon and Denise at BeBetsy.com asked me if I would help them Pass the Plate I eagerly accepted.

If you aren’t familiar with Pass the Plate, then please let me fill you in.  Pass the Plate is a fundraiser to support the Susan G. Komen for the cure 2012, and is an offspring of  Cook for the Cure.

The concept behind Pass the Plate is simple. 

1.) Anyone can purchase the beautifully designed and specially marked plate. The plate was created by Chef Jacques Pepin; a celebrity cooking show host, and was manufactured by the Villeroy & Boch; the makers of extremely gorgeous porcelain dinnerware.

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2.) The purchaser of the plate then makes food to put on the plate.  We are passing homemade cookies. 

3.) Once the food is plated, it is then passed onto a friend, neighbor, or in our case, another food blogger.  Each time the plate changes hands it gets properly documented, and Kitchen Aid, the makers of some of the most awesome kitchen products in the world, makes a  $5.00 donation to help the fight against breast cancer.

4.) The more the plate continues to change hands, the more money it raises.

Pretty awesome…

So now,  let me bring you up to speed on what’s happened with the plate so far.  The plate was loaded with homemade Snickerscotti cookies by Sharon and Denise.  It left Nevada last week and arrived at my house here in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State on Saturday, October 6th.  A toot of the horn on the rural mail carriers truck announced the plate’s arrival. 

As luck would have it, I had just made a fresh cup of coffee.  Perfect timing Sharon and Denise.  Of course I had to have a (couple) Snickerscotti’s.  These cookies are the most delicious biscotti type cookie that I have ever had – seriously.  I cannot stay out of them.  In fact, my husband warned me that I had better take pictures of them before I ate them all – can you imagine?  I’m sure the recipe will be available on BeBetsy in the very near future.

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The first thing I thought of when Sharon and Denise contacted me about this fund-raising campaign were the people I’ve know that have been affected by breast cancer. 

The second thing I thought about was the person I wanted to send my plateful of cookies to –  Sandra of Sweet Sensations.  Sandra has been a true foodie friend.  She is the queen of table decorating and party throwing,  makes the most sinful looking cakes ever, and sounds like one of the best grandmas in the world.  If you’re not familiar with Sandra then it’s time you go over to her blog and acquaint yourself with her.

Since she eagerly accepted my invitation to participate in Pass the Plate she will now receive a plateful of cookies that I made especially for her and her family.

I decided send Sandra a plate of  Chocolate Cookies decorated with pink sprinkles.  These cookies should travel well from to New York to Michigan. Unless of course, some hungry postal employee realizes what’s in the box.  Do you suppose that ever happens?

I will share the recipe for these cookies  in a future post.  In the meantime, here’s sneak peak. 

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Please follow the plate as it makes it’s way from one foodie to the next throughout the country.

Sandra, keep your eye out.  They are enroute!