These delicious chocolate cut-out cookies are the perfect way to spell out your love to Mom on Mother’s Day!
Goodness, I love these cut-out cookies. They are one of my very favorite chocolate cookies and they roll out and cut beautifully! I’ve used them often with various projects here on Easybaked.
This Mother’s Day is different. It is my very 1st Mother’s Day without a Mom. For those of you who follow me here at Easybaked, you know that we lost mom very suddenly last Christmas season to cancer. Almost every day feels strange without her here, but I guess Mother’s Day seems even more strange.
I’ve had a lot of people ask me if I would have a recipe this year here in celebration of Moms- and I said, “Yes!”
Moms are such a wonderful gift, and if you have one this weekend– give her a big hug and really enjoy having her in your life. I have no regrets about my time with my mom- we made so many wonderful memories together and I love thinking about all the times we spent talking and laughing in my 44 years.
This idea is for her. She was positively addicted to crossword puzzles, and I know that these cookies would have made her smile.
My icing skills are not something to be terribly proud of…man, I cannot draw a straight line!!!!
Here’s how we made them: (printable recipe)
INGREDIENTS: (makes about 30, 1 1/2” square cookies)
- 1 sticks (1/2 cup) butter, softened
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- Wilton’s candy melts (to mold or write letters with)
- Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
- Add butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla and cocoa together in large mixing bowl.
- Blend on medium speed with a mixer until smooth.
- Gradually add dry ingredients and mix until smooth (use clean hands at the end, to knead into a soft ball of dough)
- Roll out cookie dough on floured counter, using a floured rolling pin.
- Cut into 1 1/2″ squares and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 8 to 11 minutes until the edges are firm.
- Gently slide parchment paper off of cookie sheet and onto a flat surface.
- Before frosting, make letters by using a candy letter mold in 1″ letters. Pipe melted Wilton’s Candy Melts into the letters you need and allow them to harden completely before tapping to remove. You can also just “write” letters on the frosted cookies using melted chocolate or even use pens designed to write in edible ink.
- Frost using Royal Icing. Click here for my printable royal icing recipe and instructions for use.
- As soon as you frost, lay letters in place before the frosting hardens (if you are “writing” directly on the cookie you will wait until the frosting is very hard 1st).
- Decorate extra cookies with fun sprinkles.
My thoughts: These are yummy little cut-outs! If you don’t want to go with a crossword theme, you can cut these into any shape and decorate them just for your mom!
I will leave you with a (very!) old picture of my mom and I together. I’m so thankful for all the years between this picture and now.
Happy Mother’s Day!!!
Looking for that perfect gift for moms and grandmas? Get them my cookbook- specially designed to use with kids and grandkids, teaching them both kitchen skills and about God’s love for them! Fun!!!