In case you haven’t heard, it’s been snowing recently. A lot. So much that classes have been canceled twice in the past few weeks, which apparently hasn’t happened in like 15 years. We all celebrated, and not because we had the day off, but because we had more time to study! Pretty pathetic, huh? Well I decided to take a break from the books for a few hours to give my friends Colleen and Alyssa a cookie decorating tutorial. But not just any ol’ cookies…ECG cookies! (aka EKG if you watch Grey’s Anatomy) You didn’t expect us to totally take a break from studying, did you??
Okay now I realize this baking endeavor was COMPLETELY dorky of me, but for anyone that’s experienced dental school, medical school, or the like understands the feeling of “trying to take a sip from a firehose” and what it can do to your mind. Makes you do crazzyyy things, like quiz each other on arrhythmias by drawing ECG patterns on cookies.
Now you might be thinking, “Erica, wait aren’t you in dental school? Why are you learning about arrhythmias?” And that, my friends, is a very good question. Trust me, we ask ourselves that a lot. But at my school we’re grouped into classes with the medical students for the first two years since the field of dentistry is evolving to be regarded as more of a medical specialty due to the many connections between oral and systemic diseases. So if you come into my office with a tooth ache and an arrhythmia, I’ll be better equipped to treat you! (Arrhythmias are actually very much implicated in dental treatment, but I’ll leave that one alone for now…) Whether we like it or not, we’re responsible for all sorts of material that has nothing to do with teeth, and so we deal with it like any responsible dental student would do — make sugary, cavity-causing study guides!
We really had a blast making these, I enjoyed sharing with my friends how easy and fun it is to decorate cookies with royal icing, and they were very happy with their results. Not to mention they were delicious! I decided to try out a new chocolate roll-out cookie recipe, rather than my normal sugar cookie go-to, and was very happy with them. The recipe comes from Smitten Kitchen‘s mom, so you know it’s good. She describes them as “brownie roll out cookies”, but I don’t want to mislead you — they’re not quite as moist as brownies so don’t get too excited, but still chewy, chocolately, and really yummy! I definitely recommend trying them just as another roll-out cookie to add to your repertoire. But maybe if you’re making them for your Valentine, choose a decoration theme a little less morbid…
Chocolate Roll-Out Cookies
Recipe adapted from Smitten Kitchen
3 cups all purpose flour
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
For the royal icing: recipe here
- In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking powder.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla, and cocoa together.
- Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet with the mixer on low until just incorporated.
- Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for at least one hour.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Flour your surface well and roll out the cookie dough to about 1/4 of an inch thick. Cut out desired shapes and place on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet.
- Bake for 8-11 minutes until edges are firm but the centers are slightly soft and puffed.
- Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
- Prepare royal icing and decorate as desired.
Recipe yields about 16 very large cookies
Alrighty, enough playing around — time to seriously start studying now! And if you’re a cardiologist, I apologize for any discrepancies in our ECG drawings :)