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Cocoa Drop Cookie Recipe (from a Mom Who Hates Baking)

Cocoa Drop Cookie Recipe (from a Mom Who Hates Baking)

I really hate baking.

I love eating baked goods, but I really hate baking. I don’t know why, but butter, flour, and sugar and I just don’t get along. 

My mom baked like crazy when I was growing up, but I never had any desire to learn from her. In 7th grade Home Economics, I was the only student excited for the sewing portion of class and absolutely dreading the cooking portion. 2021 was the first year of my daughter’s 10 years in existence that I made her birthday cake, but really all I did was make boxed brownies and top them with store bought ice cream to create an ice cream cake of sorts. (It was actually good, I highly recommend doing it.)

My daughter, on the other hand, desperately wants to bake with me. I generally put her off as long as possible, but eventually I cave. And THAT is how I end up making cupcakes with twice as much oil as the recipe called for, angel food cake that tastes like carbon, and my personal favorite: cookies without flour. 

Yup, that’s right. I managed to go through the entire process of mixing and baking cookies without realizing I forgot to add flour. Now, if I was making them for a gluten-free friend, that would have been pretty awesome — but I wasn’t. Those sad cookies that were supposed to be balls of moist chocolatey goodness ended up paper thin and disintegrated into nothingness as soon as I tried to scoop them off the pan. 

So, in honor of my baking failures, I thought I would share my favorite cookie recipe from my childhood —cocoa drop cookies courtesy of my great grandmother, Lenore. 

And be sure not to forget the flour, because apparently it’s important!

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Cocoa Drop Cookies
Cook Time 9 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
  1. Preheat oven to 325º F.
  2. Cream together butter and sugar. Add egg and mix until well-combined.
  3. Add cocoa, flour, and baking powder. Mix well (I recommend using your hands).
  4. Chill for about 15 minutes.
  5. Roll into balls about 1 inch in diameter (depending on how large you would like the cookies).
  6. Add extra sugar to a bowl. Place each ball into the bowl of sugar and roll to coat well. Place each ball onto a cookie sheet, about 2 inches apart. Bake for 9 minutes. Remove to a baking rack to cool.
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Caroline is an Arizona native who moved to Iowa in 2007 ‘for love.’ She and her husband live in Coralville with their 8-year-old daughter. Caroline works full-time at the University of Iowa and recently earned her MA in Higher Education Administration. Caroline is a self-taught sewer, fabric hoarder, Starbucks lover, wannabe graphic designer, and avid reader. Her greatest aspirations are to raise a kind, strong, and fearless girl and have a clean house.


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