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CheckerBoard Cookies I Recipe

CheckerBoard Cookies I

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Original recipe makes 5 - 6 dozen Change Servings


  1. Melt chocolate in double boiler over low heat and stir until smooth. Remove from heat.
  2. Mix together flour, baking powder and salt and set aside. In large bowl, cream butter or margarine and sugar together, beat in eggs, then vanilla extract. Gradually add dry ingredients and mix well.
  3. Put one half of prepared dough into another bowl and blend the melted chocolate into it. You now have one half chocolate dough and one half plain dough
  4. Divide each of these in half. You now have four pieces of dough, two chocolate and two vanilla. Form each of these into a squared off log 6 to 8 inches long.
  5. On a large sheet of foil place one chocolate log and one plain log next to each other. Brush each with water. Place remaining plain log on top of the chocolate side. Place the remaining chocolate log on top of the plain side. Wrap the four logs firmly in the foil and refrigerate at least 8 hours or overnight.
  6. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C).
  7. Remove dough from foil and cut into 1/4 inch slices. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes or lightly browned. Cool on wire racks.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 26, 2009

Make these cookies the next time you're having invited company and you'll hear wows and raves! These are really great-looking (and great-tasting!) cookies. They are not hard to make once you get the hang of it and I think Rosina gave perfect instructions. One variation you can try is to wrap each fully-formed square log (which already has the two chocolate and two plain logs in it) in a sheet of either plain or chocolate dough before then wrapping in foil and refrigerating overnight. (I make a double batch of cookies just for the extra "wrapping dough.") The finished cookies will then have a border around the checkerboard pattern which looks very sophisticated!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 16, 2009

i tried to make these cookies but they didnt turn out like the picture mine only had 4 squares can someone tell me how to make them like picture


9 Ratings

May 30, 2003

Very Good Cookies, I found it hard to form the square so,I put them into Rectangles

Mar 29, 2010

Notes: 1. I didn't have any bittersweet chocolate, so I subbed 3tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder + 1 tbsp veg oil. 2. Chill the dough before attempting to shape into logs. 3. If rolling the dough out, use powdered sugar on the rolling pin/countertop. 4. For even more fun, I made 1/2 batch of Chocolate Frosting I and made cookie sandwiches. These were so much fun to make, look fabulous and taste great (the frosting added the perfect amount of sweetness).

Oct 29, 2009

1. The recipe didn't give explicit directions for how to make the logs (essential for the slower variety as yours truly): after dividing the dough I found it helpful to refrigerate it for a while before attempting to make the logs as the dough is too soft and pliable at room temperature. Once the logs are made, they go back into the fridge to firm up, and then to be cut evenly into smaller logs. However, mine still didn't come out as pretty and proper as the photo submitted by Jersey Tomato :( 2. I found the sugar to be a tad bit less (despite the fact that I usually prefer things a little less sweet - American chocolates like Snickers make my mouth hurt!!) 3. For tea/coffee aficionados, I would suggest cutting these to 1/8 inches and baking them till crisp (maybe around 7 minutes?) to get perfect biscuits to serve with tea and coffee - the kind you find in cafes in Europe.

Nov 18, 2009

these were hard to make, but they were so pretty. I didn't do a border as someone else suggested because it made everything to messy. All it takes to make these cookies is two days. The first day: make dough refrig. for 2 hours--then cut up into square strips and stack along side of eachother (9 total per block). Then refrig. over night and it is easily slice-able and quick to bake in the morning. I gave these 4 *s because they really aren't THAT tasty-- a bit bland.. you'd be better off using just a sugar cookie recipe instead. oh and USE semisweet chocolate NOT bittersweet.. tastes strange that way

Dec 14, 2009

I would stack the full layers- twice before cutting, if that makes sense.


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  • Calories
  • 48 kcal
  • 2%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 6.3 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol
  • 10 mg
  • 3%
  • Fat
  • 2.2 g
  • 3%
  • Fiber
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 0.7 g
  • 1%
  • Sodium
  • 37 mg
  • 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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