Who can resist a star-shaped cookie? Hardly anyone! Add chocolate to the equation and you’ve seduced the few soul-less people who said they didn’t like stars.

Go out of your way to find truly excellent cocoa powder and chocolate bits for these little stars. Specialty coffee shops will often sell exceptional chocolate products, so don’t overlook them in your search.

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into 8 pieces
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (all-purpose) flour
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • teaspoon fine sea salt
  • teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup (2 ounces) finely chopped semisweet chocolate (-inch bits)

Method

  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar on medium speed until smooth and light, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the vanilla, flour, cocoa, salt, baking soda, and chocolate bits, and mix until well blended, about 2 minutes. Gather the dough into a ball and flatten slightly.
  2. Dust a large piece of parchment paper with flour. Place the dough in the center. With a lightly floured rolling pin, roll out the dough to an even ¼-inch thickness. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate the rolled-out dough until firm, about 1 hour.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Move an oven rack to the middle position. Line large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  4. Using a 2-inch star-shaped cookie cutter, cut out the cookies. Place ½ inch apart on the prepared baking sheets. The scraps can be re-rolled and cut.
  5. One sheet at a time, bake until the cookies are firm enough at the edges to slide easily off the parchment, 12 to 15 minutes. The cookies will be soft but will crisp as they cool. Cool on the baking sheets set on wire racks.
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