Checkerboard Cookies

  • prep time1 min
  • total time 12 min
  • serves 86

This patterned cookie from Canadian Living Cooks 2003, is actually easy to make.

10 Ratings
Directions for: Checkerboard Cookies


4 oz chocolate, unsweetened, chopped

1 cup butter, softened

2 cup sugar

3 egg

2 Tbsp vanilla

4 cup flour

1 tsp soda, baking

1 tsp salt


1. Preheat oven to 350ºF (180ºC)

2. In bowl over saucepan of hot (not boiling) water, melt chocolate, stirring often, let cool to room temperature.

3. In large bowl, beat butter with sugar until light and fluffy.

4. Beat in 2 of the eggs, 1 at a time; beat in vanilla.

5. In separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt; stir into butter mixture in 3 additions, using hands if too stiff to stir.

6. Remove half of the dough for vanilla dough.

7. Stir chocolate into remaining dough in bowl, using hands to blend thoroughly.

8. Divide vanilla dough in half shape into flat square.

9. Place dough, one square at a time, between 2 sheets of waxed paper; roll into two 7-inch (18 cm) squares.

10. Chill for about 30 minutes or until firm.

11. Using ruler and sharp knife, cut each square into nine 3/4-inch (2 cm) wide strips.

12. Repeat with chocolate dough.

13. Place about 1-foot (30 cm) long piece of plastic wrap on work surface.

14. Alternating vanilla and chocolate strips, place 3 strips of dough directly on plastic wrap, close but not touching.

15. Whisk remaining egg; brush over sides and tops of strips.

16. Gently press strips together to adhere.

17. Repeat, forming second and third layers and alternating placement of strips, to create checkerboard effect.

18. Gather plastic wrap up to cover log; refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or for up to 4 days.

19. Repeat for second log, reversing colour pattern.

20. With sharp knife, trim ends and cut each log into 1/4-inch (5 mm) thick slices.

21. Arrange 1 inch (2.5 cm) apart on parchment paper-lined rimless baking sheet

22. Bake in centre of oven for about 12 minutes or until set and very light golden.

23. Let cool on pan on rack for 3 minutes.

24. Transfer to racks to let cool completely.

25. (Make-ahead: Store in layers separated by waxed paper in airtight container for up to 2 weeks at room temperature or up to 1 month in freezer.)

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