These chocolate sugar cookies come together from just the basic ingredients found in every baker's pantry. Packed with a ton of chocolatey goodness flavor from HERSHEY’S SPECIAL DARK Cocoa, the cookies are soft and crumbly in the center, with crisp edges and crunch from the sanding sugar.
I’ve partnered with HERSHEY to give you a quick tour of my pantry and bring you this recipe for chocolate sugar cookies! These chocolate sugar cookies come together from just the basic ingredients found in every baker's pantry. Packed with a ton of chocolatey goodness flavor from HERSHEY’S SPECIAL DARK Cocoa, the cookies are soft and crumbly in the center, with crisp edges and crunch from the sanding sugar.
I'm a sucker for trying out unexpected flavors and new ingredients. Like, heck yeah, I'll put saffron and rosemary in my cakes, beets and hibiscus in my frostings! Obscure, regional ingredients like root beer milk, gianduja, and lavender extract? Sure, I'll give it a try.
Let's be honest though — not a whole lot of people want to go out and source stuff like candy cap mushrooms for blondies and lilacs for sugar donuts. But sometimes, the most amazing things are made from the ingredients that can be found in everybody's pantry with no extra shopping necessary. The best shortbread cookies, for instance, are made from nothing but flour, sugar, and (a TON of) butter. Sprinkles can be made from just powdered sugar and a couple of eggs.
So today I'm going to show you guys the simple staples that are always in my pantry (well, open shelves) and refrigerator, as well as share a recipe that you can make with just those basic ingredients.
We'll start with the basics:
At any given point, I always have these three items in my fridge. They're incredibly flexible and can be used in both sweet and savory recipes, breakfast, lunch, and dinner meals, etc. They're also the ingredients that primarily give baked goods their structure — fat and protein.
Even if you're not a big baker, flour is still a must-have in your pantry. Flour is incredibly versatile and can be used as a thickener, stabilizer, or coating for extra flavor. And almost all dishes can be brightened up with a dash of sugar and a generous sprinkling of salt. I like kosher salt, as its texture is prone to sticking to crevices and absorbing more flavor.
These are the items that, as a baker, I'm prone to always having in my pantry. Baking powder and soda are the leaveners that give baked goods their rise. The rest — brown sugar, HERSHEY’S SPECIAL DARK Cocoa, and vanilla extract — are the most classic flavors in baking. In particular, I always like to keep a generous store of both cocoa powder and vanilla extract in my pantry because with the addition of just those two ingredients to any regular pantry, you can make almost every classic baked good! Think: chocolate chip cookies, brownies, pound cakes, and these chocolate sugar cookies:
Indeed, these chocolate sugar cookies come together incredibly easily from just the basic ingredients in every baker's pantry. Their texture is soft and crumbly in the center, with crisp edges and crunch from the sanding sugar. And despite their simplicity, they're packed with a ton of chocolatey goodness flavor — it's almost like a brownie met a cookie and came together to form a cross between the two.
Some baker's notes:
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