Are you looking for a recipe to impress friends and family at your holiday gatherings this year? We’ve got just the thing! These checkerboard cookies look complicated, but they actually come together quickly and can be easily assembled in no time. The key to getting those nice straight lines is to use a ruler! As you’ll see in the recipe below, you’ll divide the dough in half, and sprinkle cocoa powder on one of the halves. Then shape the dough into seven-inch squares, and cut nine strips out of each square. After that, it’s just a matter of layer, roll, freeze, and bake!

Of course, the true measure of a good cookie is in the flavor and texture – and we promise you won’t be disappointed with either! This recipe uses classic sugar cookie ingredients, butter sugar, and vanilla, and mixes in real Dutch-process cocoa powder. If you can’t get your hands on the Dutch cocoa, feel free to substitute with natural cocoa powder. You may want to add a tiny bit of baking soda with the natural cocoa, to help balance out acidity levels, but overall your cookies should turn out fine with either type of cocoa. Don’t be afraid to try out this recipe for your next event! We’re positive it’ll be the talk of the party.

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