brown sugar chocolate icebox cookies

I'm going to get straight to the point. These cookies are fast, easy, and delicious. There is also a high probability that you already have all the ingredients in the cabinet. I was sitting on the floor this morning scanning old pictures and really felt the urge to make some cookies. In between batches of photos, I found this recipe in one of the magazines my dad gave me this year. I'm not sure the last time I made two batches of cookies in less than a month - never mind maybe even six months. 

This recipe is a real winner. And here are a few reasons why:
  • limited ingredients // nothing complex here. Just don't forget the brown sugar. It's essential.
  • hint of chocolate // like barely a hint. The original recipe didn't call for it, but when I was grabbing stuff from the cabinet I thought it might be a good addition.
  • make ahead // the dough comes together super fast - like under 10 minutes - and you can keep it in the fridge and freezer for weeks if properly wrapped. 
I was really diligent about making sure that I didn't over cook these babes. The benefit of all that attention is soft, chewy, tasty cookies. I was pretty pleased with myself but the best review came from my little brother. He ate three and took a bag home with him. That's pretty much the measure of success in my book.
Here's how it goes.

  1. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Then add in the egg and vanilla. Mix well.
  2. Combine the flour, baking soda, and cocoa powder. Mix into the other batter.
  3. Fold in the chopped nuts. 
  4. At this point, the dough will be kinda of sticky and maybe not all that pulled together - but don't worry too much about it. Dump the dough onto some wax paper and shape the dough into a long log. It should be maybe just under 3 inches in diameter (e.g. the size of fridge cookie dough you can buy in the store). Refrigerate dough for at least 4 hours.
  5. Unwrap the dough and cut into 1/4 inch slices. Bake at 375 for 7-9 minutes. 

Shopping List
1/2 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 3/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 Tbsp cocoa powder
2/3 cup chopped nuts (e.g. walnuts)

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