chocolate pretzel cookies

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Chocolate Pretzels

As I mentioned in the post, I was not overwhelmed with the flavor of these cookies and have made some tweaks that I hope will improve them. However, if you have a chocolate roll-out cookie recipe that never fails you, it might be worth trying that instead, with the same egg glaze and rolling technique. [Update: See note above for a recipe suggestion.]

1 teaspoon good-quality instant espresso powder
3 tablespoons boiling water
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
1 large egg
1/2 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 large egg yolk
Sanding sugar, for sprinkling

1. Stir espresso powder into the boiling water in a small bowl until dissolved; set aside. Meanwhile, put butter and granulated sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; mix on medium speed until creamy. Mix in vanilla and salt. Reduce speed to medium-low. Mix in egg, cocoa and dissolved espresso. Gradually add flour, and mix until a smooth dough forms. Turn out onto a piece of plastic; pat into a square. Wrap dough, and refrigerate until cold, about 30 minutes.

2. Divide dough into 24 equal pieces. Roll into balls. Shape balls into 12-inch-long ropes. Twist each rope into a pretzel shape. Space 1 inch apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper.

3. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Whisk egg yolk with 1 teaspoon water in a small bowl. Brush cookies with egg wash; sprinkle with sanding sugar. Bake cookies, rotating sheets halfway through, until dry, about 15 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks. Cookies can be stored in airtight containers at room temperature up to 1 week.


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