I recently discovered a recipe for these in a CIA publication (that's the Culinary Institute of America, not the spies!). These seemed to me to be the perfect Valentines Day cookies, with a striped white chocolate candy on the top. These are easy, delicious, and really cute. Surprise your favorite valentine with a batch of these cookies! Makes about 32 cookies
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon table salt
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 granulated sugar
1 Tablespoon liquid red food color
1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
32 white chocolate "kiss" candies (Like Hershey's Hugs)
Line baking sheets with parchment or silicone baking mats. Preheat the oven to 375-degrees. Unwrap the candies and place on a plate or small sheet pan, cover with plastic wrap, and place in the freezer.
Whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt in a small bowl, set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, or in a large mixing bowl combine the oil, brown sugar, and granulated sugar and beat on medium speed until creamy, about 3 minutes. Add the egg and mix to combine. Blend in the food color and vinegar until fully incorporated.
Add the flour mixture and mix until well-combined.
Scoop the dough with a #60 scoop (2 teaspoons) onto the baking sheets. Bake the cookies until puffed and the edges are set, 10-12 minutes.
Remove the candies from the freezer, and then the cookies from the oven and insert 1 candy into the center of each cookie. Let the cookies stand on the baking sheets 2 minutes, then transfer to a rack to cool completely.