Cookies | February 26, 2014

Swagg Cookie

Swagg Cookie

Another lesson today on Good, Better, Best 🙂
Remember the (Almost) Swig Cookie recipe I posted last summer? If you haven’t made it yet, you need to get busy. I’ve had dozens of people tell me they love to make the cookies at home, since they don’t live close to the famous Swig cookie shacks. So how do you improve on a good thing?
One word.
Chocolate.
Swagg Cookie

Swagg Cookie

The Swagg Cookie, naked before frosting 😉

Swagg Cookie
I love the simplicity of the (Almost) Swig Cookie. It’s easy to throw together, scoop, flatten and bake. Speaking to women here: you and I both know, there are times a sugar cookie won’t fill our want need. We need chocolate.
In the interest of making a good thing better, I played with my original recipe and made a few adjustments. After a couple of test batches, I came up with the (Almost) Chocolate Swig Cookie…but that’s a mouthful, so I named it the Swagg Cookie. It’s a little bit short-bready (technical ABK term) on the sugar coated edges, soft in the middle, lots of dark chocolate flavor, topped with a bit of creamy chocolate-sour cream frosting. If that’s not swagg, I don’t know what is.

Here’s the deal.
Good: Cookie from cookie stand 🙂
Better: (Almost) Swig Cookie, baked in your kitchen
Best: Chocolate Swagg Cookie
You choose.

Swagg Cookie

*updated 6/2014 to yield 18 large or 30-32 small cookies

Chocolate Swagg Cookies

A Bountiful Kitchen

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1/2 cup shortening (butter flavor is best)
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoon almond or vanilla flavoring I like almond
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

for shaping cookies:

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • cooking spray
  • *glass with flat bottom see notes below

Sour Cream Chocolate Swagg Frosting

  • 1/2 cup butter room temperature
  • 2 tablespoon sour cream
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2/3 cup cocoa unsweetened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • dash of salt
  • milk to thin about 2-3 tablespoons

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 or 325 on convection setting.
  2. Cream butter, shortening and sugar together.
  3. Add sour cream and almond flavoring. Mix. Add the cocoa and mix again until smooth. The mixture should be creamy, with no specks of white. Turn the mixer off.
  4. Add the flour, baking powder and salt all at once. Mix just until all of the flourdisappears,on the lowest setting. This should take about 20-30 seconds.
  5. Using a 1 3/4 inch to 2 inch scoop, place the dough onto a lightly greased cookie sheet.
  6. Lightly spray the bottom of a glass with cooking spray. First press the glass against a cookie, then dip the bottom of glass in sugar to flatten cookie a bit. Continue dipping the bottom of the glass into the sugar after flattening each cookie.
  7. After all of the cookies are flattened a bit, go back and lightly sprinkle sugar on top of each cookie.
  8. Bake for about 9-10 minutes at 325 convection, or about 10-12 minutes at 350.
  9. The cookies should be barely firm on top. Do not over cook!
  10. Let cool completely on cookie sheet. Frost when cool.
  11. Yield about 18 large cookies or 30-32 small to medium cookies.

For the frosting:

  1. Cream butter, sour cream and powdered sugar. Add cocoa and vanilla, beat until smooth. Thin frosting with milk a tablespoon at a time until desired consistency.

Recipe Notes

-To achieve an edge on the cookie, or "lip" * : 1. Generously fill the cookie scoop, extra dough will help form an outer edge on the cookie. 2. Choose a glass with a flat bottom. Look at the bottom of the glass, if the bottom is not flat, the dough will not press out properly. 3. I use a 2 1/4 inch glass bottom for my smaller 1 3/4 inch cookie scoop; and a 2 3/4 inch glass bottom when using a 2 inch cookie scoop . 4. Flatten the cookie ball with the bottom of the glass, twisting the glass gently as you flatten the dough ball. The dough should no longer be mounded. The cookie should be about 1/4 inch thick after flattening with glass. -I use Dutch Process Cocoa, which I highly recommend for this cookie. -This cookie will keep well refrigerated for a few days. Frost after cool, refrigerate in a single layer until the frosting is set, then stack in layers between parchment or wax paper, cover tightly. -If you want to mail this cookie, I would add a cup of chocolate chips to the batter and use all butter flavor shortening. It will stay fresh longer and travel better. Sprinkle generously with sugar on top and leave the frosting off of the cookie. Perfect for missionaries, college students or military care packages! -Be very careful to not over bake this cookie. It will beslightlyfirm to the touch when done. Because the cookie is so dark in color, it cannot be judged by color when it is finished baking. See the photos at the top of the page for example of cookie after removing from oven, but before frosting.

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    1. Hi Lisa,
      You could make this recipe with all butter and it would be delicious. The original "Swig" cookie, which I am replicating has a sort of texture similar to a shortbread/biscuit. It is a very dense, heavy cookie. So, in this recipe, i add half shortening to give the cookie the same type of texture. A couple of suggestions:
      If you use Amazon, you could possible order some shortening next time you place an order! for now, I would use all butter , increase the flour by about 2 tablespoons, and maybe add 1 tablespoon of cornstartch to the flour mixture, to give the cookie the bit of crunch on the outer edges. You may also try adding, instead of the cornstarch, 1 teaspoon of cream of tarter, if that is available. If neither cornstarch or cream of tarter are available, use all butter and increase the flour. I hope this works for you! I hope to visit Australia someday 🙂 Thanks for reading.

  1. I made these yesterday and though they were nice they were quite soft n dense. Personally I like a cookie that's got a bit of a crunch on the outside n is chewey in the middle… Any tips on how I can modify this recipe to achieve this

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  4. I have made the most recent pepermint swig cookie recipe. Can I use canola oil instead of the shortening in these or would that not work with these?