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Chocolate Cut-out Cookies

For me there are four no-no’s when it comes to making delicious,  crunchy cookies that will hold their shapes after baking.

1.  No baking powder or soda.  These are chemical leavening agents which will cause your cookies to puff up and rise.

2.  Do not beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Air bubbles are introduced into the butter during the beating.  These bubble will expand in the hot oven.

3.  No excessive re-rolling.  Gluten will form when you overwork the dough.  Dough prepared with the traditional creaming method will be tough after the second re-rolling whereas the one prepared with the reverse creaming method (which is also my preferred method) can be worked 4 to 5 times.  Try to minimize scraps by cutting out cookies as close together as possible.

4.  No cutting away without chilling the dough.  Chilled dough is firm so makes it easier to stamp on and transfer to the baking sheet.  Edges will be sharp and neat as well.

Recently, I’ve purchased a bag of Cacao Barry Extra Brute cocoa powder so I developed this chocolate cut-out butter cookies out of my vanilla version.  I love how chocolatey my cookies has turned out (you can tell by its dark color).  My kitchen was filled with a chocolate aroma while the cookies were in the oven and I just loved it.

對EC來說,製作口感鬆脆、漂亮不變形的印模曲奇有四不–

1.  不加泡打粉或梳打粉:它們是膨脹劑,曲奇脹大後便會走樣了

2.  不將牛油和糖打至鬆軟發白:道理同上,打至發白的牛油內含大量空氣,空氣在爐內遇熱會膨脹,使曲奇變大

3.  不反覆使用麵糰:不停按壓麵糰會令其出筋,用傳統糖油攪拌法做成的麵糰印模兩次後便會開始出筋變硬,EC使用的reverse creaming攪拌方法能將麵糰重複使用四至五次,印曲奇時亦要巧妙地利用空間,盡量減少翻壓麵糰的次數

4.  麵糰拌好後不立即印模:將麵糰碌薄後放進冰格五至十分鐘讓麵糰硬化後才開始印模,印出來的曲奇會有整齊漂亮的切口,亦方便將曲奇轉移到烤盆上。

EC最近購買了Cacao Barry Extra Brute特濃可可粉,為了試粉便把常常做的雲尼拿牛油曲奇換成朱古力味。這些曲奇可可粉味道十分香濃(光是看外表已很清楚吧),曲奇仍未出爐時EC的廚房已瀰漫着朱古力的芳香,十分讚呢!


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Chocolate Cut-out Cookies
朱古力印模曲奇

Ingredients

120 g all-purpose flour
40 g cocoa powder, preferably Dutch-processed
60 g granulated sugar
1/8 tsp salt
115 g cold unsalted butter, cubed
1 (about 17 g) large egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla bean paste

材料

中筋麵粉  120克
可可粉(最好用鹼化的) 40克
細砂糖  60克
鹽  1/8茶匙
淡牛油(凍的、切丁)  115克
大蛋蛋黃 1 隻(約17克)
香草醬  1茶匙

Directions 做法

Combine and sift the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.  Stir with a whisk until thoroughly combined.
乾性材料混合過篩放入鋼盆中,用蛋拂拌勻。

Cut cold butter into cubes then add to the dry ingredients. With a hand or stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix on slow speed until the mixture resembles bread crumbs or wet sand.  Watch out for flying ingredients if you use a hand mixer.
凍牛油切丁放入乾料鋼盆中,用手提或座檯式打蛋器以低速將材料打至濕沙或麵包糠狀(用手提打蛋器的話小心材料滿天飛 )。

Add egg yolk and vanilla bean paste and mix until you get several large clumps.  Press with your hands to form a dough.
加入蛋黃及香草醬拌至材料結成大塊,用手輕輕組合成麵糰。

Slightly flatten dough and squish dough into a rectangular shape.  Roll out dough in between two pieces of parchment paper to prevent sticking to about 1/8 or 1/4 inch thickness for thin and thick cookies respectively.  With parchment paper on, place dough on a large baking sheet then freeze for five to ten minutes until it is firm to the touch.
將麵糰輕拍扁至長方形,上下各放一張牛油紙防黏,用麵棍碌平至1/8吋(薄片曲奇)或1/4吋厚(厚片曲奇),麵糰連牛油紙用烤盆盛起放進冰箱雪五至十分鐘至半硬。

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Line baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.   Remove dough from freezer and peel off the parchment paper from the top.  Cut out and stamp cookies then place on baking sheet.  Collect dough scraps and form into a ball then repeat the rolling, chilling, and cutting process.  The dough can be re-rolled 4 to 5 times.
烤盆內放牛油紙或矽膠墊,從冰箱取出麵糰,撕去面的牛油紙,用卡通曲奇模印出形狀後排放在烤盆上,收集剩餘的麵糰按成一團,重覆壓平、雪硬及印模過程,麵糰可使用約四至五次。

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Bake for 12 to 15 minutes in a 350ºF/180ºC preheated oven (depending on the size and thickness of the cookies so adjust your time accordingly) until theyturn golden brown around the edges.  Let cookies sit a few minutes on the sheet before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.
放入已預熱350ºF/180ºC的焗爐焗約12-15分鐘(視乎曲奇厚薄大小,要自己睇火)或至曲奇邊緣呈金黃色後取出,讓曲奇在烤盆上靜置數分鐘後可轉移到鐵架完全放涼。

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Makes about 20 thick or 40 thin Doraemon cookies
約做20塊厚或40塊薄叮噹曲奇

My newly purchased Cacao Barry Extra Brute cocoa powder.  It’s a Dutch-processed cocoa powder and has a nice deep color,
EC新買的Cacao Barry Extra Brute特濃可可粉,這是鹼化可可粉,色澤較深。

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My thick and vanilla-y Doraemon cookies.
雲尼拿厚片叮噹曲奇

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