½cup(57g) unsalted buttersoftened to room temperature
½cup(100g) granulated sugar
½cup(100g) firmly packed light brown sugar
2large eggsat room temperature*
2Tablespoons(30mL) red food coloring
powdered sugar for rolling
In a medium size bowl, toss together flour, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder. Set aside.
In a separate medium size bowl with a hand mixer or the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and both sugars until light and fluffy, approximately 3 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition, and scraping down the sides as necessary.
Add vanilla and red food coloring and beat on medium speed until combined. Using a spatula, scrape down the sides and all along the bottom of your bowl to ensure coloring is distributed evenly. Beat again on medium speed until everything is incorporated.
Decrease mixer speed to low and add the flour mixture.. Beat on low until dough has formed and no more pockets of flour remain. Cover bowl with plastic wrap or foil and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to 3 days. If chilling longer than 2 hours, allow dough to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before rolling into balls.
When you are ready to bake your cookies, preheat oven to 350ºF (177ªC) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
Pour the powdered sugar onto a small plate. Set aside.
Roll dough into balls approximately 1 to 1 and ½ Tablespoons in size and roll generously in powdered sugar. Place no more than 6 dough balls per baking sheet. Bake cookies for 10-11 minutes. Allow to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire rack to cool completely. Cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 7 days or frozen for up to 2 months. Rolled cookie dough freezes well, up to 2 months. Thaw in the refrigerator then continue with this step.
*Room temperature eggs: these are crucial for proper incorporation into batter. To bring eggs to room temperature quickly, place in a bowl of warm water for 10 minutes.