Chocolate Sugar Cookies

As you have probably noticed, mustaches have taken over the world.

If you can make it, build it, touch it or grow it…you can probably put a mustache on it.

At first the craze was cute…now it is out of hand.

My dad is somewhat known for his mustache.

For as long as my Mom has known him, she has never seen his upper lip.

An amazing and true “hipster”, my Dad wore skinny jeans and flannel way before you did.

Click on this link, it’s proof that your Dad was a hipster first.

Here is my fantastic family, circa 1988.

And here is my Dad, in present time…still sporting his fantastic ‘stache.  (plus my beautiful Mom and less beautiful brother, Brad).

I love receiving gifts, almost as much as I love giving them.

I learned some sound information from my Mother many years ago and it is this:

If you have…

A. A collection of something/collect certain objects, i.e. Cows

B. You have a passion for something, i.e. baking

C. You have a trait/feature that you’re known for, i.e. a Mustache

Chances are you’re going to receive a lot of gifts having to do with one of those things.

My Mom got a new cookbook from someone at least once a year.  She doesn’t need to buy a new cookbook ever again.  Also, my Dad has a new collection of mustache memorabilia.  I am not innocent in adding to his collection.

I am at the stage where I am still forming a collection and in need of anything and everything when it comes to kitchen supplies, therefore I love when people get me household items.  All this to say, a very sweet friend, Bill, was on a trip and saw this “crustache” sandwich cutter, which I turned into a cookie cutter.  He thought of my love for baking and my Dad’s love for growing a huge mustache.  I wanted to post these on Father’s Day…but that didn’t happen.

So here are some chocolate sugar cookies with a hint of espresso.  You can cut them into any shape and frost them however you like!

Enjoy!

I really wanted this to work.  I really wanted a picture of my cat with a mustache.  But by the time he figured out I had a cookie (in 2.5 seconds)  it was all over…

And he grabbed it and ate almost half of it by the time I got it away from him…

Recipe: Chocolate Sugar Cookies

Ingredients:

2 1/2 Cups All Purpose Flour

1/2 Cup Cocoa Powder

1 Teaspoon Espresso powder

1/2 Teaspoon Salt

1 Cup Butter

1 Cup Sugar

1 Egg

1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Directions:

Whisk flour, cocoa, espresso and salt together in a medium size bowl and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar together until it reaches a fluffy consistency.

Add egg and vanilla to butter mixture, beating well until incorporated.

Add flour mixture to batter in three additions, mixing well after each addition but only mixing until just combined. Try not to over-mix.

Roll dough onto a flour/cocoa powder surface (I put my dough in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes to chill it, if you can make ahead of time, I recommend chilling dough overnight.).

Cut cookies with cookie cutters, or use a knife to cut them into squares and blast in the freezer for about 5 minutes before placing in the oven.

Bake for about 8 minutes, or until the edges of the cookie begin to lift from the bottom of the pan.

Dust with cocoa powder or powdered sugar. I was planning on frosting these cookies but did not have the time, using a fun frosting tip you could make some fun designs in all different colors for these mustaches!

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