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Friday, December 21, 2012

Snowflake Dusted Brownie Cookies {#BloggersforSandyHook}

Today's post is a tribute to the victims at Sandy Hook Elementary.  At a time when we all wish we could do something, anything, to bring peace to the people of Newtown, CT, we are at a loss.  How do we offer comfort and condolences to total strangers when our hearts ache for them?

Well, when I came across this post, Bloggers Unite for Cookies & Crafts for Sandy Hook, at Crazy for Crust, I knew I wanted to participate.  Food bloggers are a great bunch of people and this is a wonderful way to show our united support to the community of Newtown.  On Friday, December 21st, we are showing our support by posting a cookie recipe or craft project as a Tribute to Sandy Hook. (You can also follow through #BloggersforSandyHook.)  Donations for the Newtown Youth and Family Services Organization can be made HERE.

You can share in this project, too.  Grab your kids and spend an afternoon making cookies, doing some fun crafts, even cutting out snowflakes.  Have fun, hug them a little closer and be thankful that they are safe.

I've been on a chocolate cookie binge this season and this is another recipe to add to the files.  Tasting just like a brownie in a cookie-style package, this is a great cookie to leave for Santa.

2/3 cup  Shortening
1 1/2 cups  Packed Brown Sugar
2  Large Eggs
1 TB  Water
3 tsp  Vanilla Extract
1 1/2 cups  Flour
1/3 cup  Cocoa Powder
1/2 tsp  Salt
1/4 tsp  Baking Soda
12 oz  Semi-Sweet chocolate chips
Confectioners Sugar for Dusting

In a large bowl, beat the shortening and sugar until smooth and fluffy.  Blend in the eggs, water and vanilla.  Combine the flour, cocoa, salt and baking soda;  gradually add to the creamed mixture and beat just until blended.  Stir in the chocolate chips by hand.

Drop by rounded teaspoons, about 2 inches apart, onto ungreased cookie sheets.  Bake for 8 - 10 minutes, or until slightly puffed and set around the edges.  Do not over bake.  Cool for 2 minutes on baking sheets before transferring the wire racks.  Lightly sprinkle the cookies with confectioners sugar while the cookies are still warm.  Allow to cool completely on wire racks.  Makes about 40 cookies.

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