Everybody loves these chocolate and butter cookies. The checkerboard pattern creates a dazzling effect.

Recipe Summary

Servings:
12
Yield:
2 dozen
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, confectioners' sugar and baking powder. Cut in the butter until the mixture has a mealy texture. Stir in the egg yolks and vanilla until dough forms. Divide dough into halves. Knead the cocoa into one half.

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  • Roll out each half of the dough into a rectangle, 8x10 inches. Slice each rectangle lengthwise into 8-1x10 inch strips. Place two strips of opposing colors next to each other. Place two more on top of those, placing opposing colors on top of each other. Repeat until the checkerboard is four strips high. Repeat with remaining strips. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least an hour.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.

  • Unwrap dough and slice into 1/4 inch slices. Place slices 1 inch apart onto the prepared cookie sheets.

  • Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, until firm. Remove from baking sheets to cool on wire racks.

Nutrition Facts

246 calories; protein 3.3g 7% DV; carbohydrates 29.7g 10% DV; fat 13.1g 20% DV; cholesterol 81.7mg 27% DV; sodium 125.3mg 5% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
09/29/2005
I love these cookies because of the mystifying pattern. I found the dough hard to work with when I had just made it so I chilled the rolled-out rectangles in the fridge for about an hour before cutting them into strips and arranging them in the right pattern. That way the squares had crisp edges. Then I did an egg-wash and chilled the dough overnight before baking. I substituted hot cocoa mix for the cocoa powder and it worked fine. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
12/21/2003
LOT of work for a mediocre cookie. The dough was hard to work with and it takes a lot of precision to get the strips to be the same size for stacking. The cookies do not look as impressive as expected. Most importantly the flavor is quite bland. Better save the time and ingredients for other tastier cookies. Read More
(25)
19 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 2 stars
12/21/2003
LOT of work for a mediocre cookie. The dough was hard to work with and it takes a lot of precision to get the strips to be the same size for stacking. The cookies do not look as impressive as expected. Most importantly the flavor is quite bland. Better save the time and ingredients for other tastier cookies. Read More
(25)
Rating: 5 stars
09/29/2005
I love these cookies because of the mystifying pattern. I found the dough hard to work with when I had just made it so I chilled the rolled-out rectangles in the fridge for about an hour before cutting them into strips and arranging them in the right pattern. That way the squares had crisp edges. Then I did an egg-wash and chilled the dough overnight before baking. I substituted hot cocoa mix for the cocoa powder and it worked fine. Read More
(25)
Rating: 1 stars
12/20/2005
This cookie wasn't hard to make however I found it wasn't worth the time. I wanted to make something interesting for my husband's work and found the dough was not only crumbly when you tried to work with it after following the directions exactly it was also a little tough. the flavor however was fine I just prefer cookies that don't take forever to make and actually hold together. Also when the chocolate was added the dough got even drier. The cookie took on a misshapen appearance while baking where the "vanilla" part got puffier than the chocolate and they kind of made "kite" shapes. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/23/2008
Good cookie. I changed it up a little bit and made them red and green for christmas. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2003
These cookies tasted and looked great. I used an egg wash to keep the sections together it worked great. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
04/05/2007
VERY DISAPPOINTING! I can't even roll this dough out to cut it it's all crumble. I've added a few drops of water...still crumbles I've added a little more egg...still crumble. I can't believe I have to back to the store to buy more ingredients to make a different kind of cookie and waste all of this. This recipe does not work! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/28/2010
I love these cookies ever since my Grandma made them for me when I was a little girl. Now that I live on my own with my boyfriend it was my turn to make them myself this year! This is an excellent recipe the only difference in how I make them is to make ropes of each flavor instead of using strips. I recommend that method to those who complained about the difficult of rolling out the dough. Thank you for sharing this recipe! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
08/26/2009
These cookies are difficult to make and taste bland. I made them despite the mixed reviews because my 12 year old son begged me to and then he only ate 1 cookie because he didn't like them. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/24/2002
Great cookie! Nice and simple. Read More
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