Venango County Recipe of the Day: Chocolate Cutout Cookies

| February 10, 2024

Venango County Recipe of the Day: Chocolate Cutout Cookies – Sponsored by Top Tier Federal Credit Union.

Use heart-shaped cutters for Valentine’s Day cookies!


1 cup butter, softened
1-1/2 cups sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup baking cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

2 cups confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons water
4-1/2 teaspoons meringue powder
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar


1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Beat in eggs and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture.

2. Divide dough in half. Shape each into a disk; cover. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until firm enough to roll.

3. Preheat oven to 350°. On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion of dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut with floured 3-in. cookie cutters. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.

4. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until set. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.

5. In a large bowl, combine confectioners’ sugar, water, meringue powder, and cream of tartar; beat on low speed just until blended. Beat on high until stiff peaks form, 1-2 minutes. Keep unused icing covered at all times with a damp cloth. If necessary, beat again at high speed to restore texture.

6. Using pastry bags and small round tips, decorate cookies as desired. Let stand at room temperature until the frosting is dry and firm.

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