We ended up with chocolate disco cookies, but the taste was not compromised. Here is the recipe. Taken from Martha Stewart's cookies. BTW--Carol is in heaven in her new kitchen. I think she may give me the boot.
GRAMMY'S CHOCOLATE COOKIES (actual recipe name)
2 cups, plus 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups (2 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Sanding sugar for rolling, or shimmering if you want disco cookies
1-Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt into a bowl
2-In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla, and beat to combine. Reduce speed to low, and gradually add flour mixture; beat to combine. Form dough into a flattened disk, wrap with plastic wrap, and chill until firm, about 1 hour.
3- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Shape dough into 1 1/4" balls. Roll each ball in sanding sugar. Place on baking sheets lined with parchment paper, about 1 1/2 inches apart. Bake until set, 10 to 12 minutes, rotating halfway through. Transfer to a rack to cool for 5 minutes. Transfer cookies from baking sheet to wire rack. Cookies can be stored between layers of parchment paper in an airtight container at room temperature up to 1 week.