Christmas Week 2010 Extended – The Cookies (Part 1)

Since posting took a backseat while I fully enjoyed my Christmas celebrations, I’ve decided to extend Christmas week, because how could I not share all of the delicious baking that happened for the big day?

Unlike many a Christmas past, we some how ended up not doing any baking leading up to the big day. Usually you’ll find at least a few tins full of bars or cookies that we secretly sneak bites of before Christmas Day, but not this year. I swear, the holiday just snuck up on all of us. But I did find a little bit of time to bake a couple of cookies.

Knowing that none of our desserts were going to feature chocolate, I thought it only appropriate to make cookies containing some. The first cookie I decided upon was the classic chocolate crinkle cookie.

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I have always loved the looks of these cookies, yet passed on them because they seemed so…I don’t know. Easy? Boring? Well this year, I was all for easy because I was on a limited baking schedule. I searched through my cookbooks, and found my recipe in one I had received from my cousins this summer – Peace Meals.

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A quick inventory of my kitchen revealed I didn’t exactly have all of the ingredients as required, but I didn’t let that stop me.

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I made some adjustments, scaled back to half a batch, and soon enough I had myself 2 dozen beautiful powered sugar dusted chocolate cookies tucked away in a festive tin.

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Double Chocolate Crinkle Cookies (adapted from Peace Meals – A Book of Recipes for Cooking and Connecting)

makes 2 dozen cookies

  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 – 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/3 – 1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted

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1. Cream butter and sugars until well combined.

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2. Mix in eggs and vanilla.

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3. In a separate bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt.

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4. Add dry ingredients a little at a time to the wet, mixing well between each addition. You will end up with a very sticky, chocolaty looking batter. Resist the urge to consume it all despite the raw eggs.

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5. Stir in chocolate chips – it’s a good arm workout!

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6. Chill the dough for 2 – 3 hours. Take a nap, have a shower, bake something else in the mean time. I’m sure you’ll think of something.

7. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Remove dough from fridge.

8. Sift powdered sugar into a small dish.

9. Using your (clean) hands, form 1 inch balls and roll them in the powdered sugar until they are completely coated. Tap off any excess, although you do want a fairly thick coating. The dough will be sticky and this will be messy, but that’s all part of the fun.

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10. Arrange the sugar coated balls on a lightly greased cookie sheet.

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11. Bake 10 – 12 minutes, until the cookies have spread a bit and the tops have cracked…or should I say crinkled.

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There you have it – a pretty little cookie with a double dose of chocolate. Perfect to pack up as a gift or to put out on your holiday cookie platter.

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I bet even Santa would have loved a couple of these left out for his visit.

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6 Comments on “Christmas Week 2010 Extended – The Cookies (Part 1)”

  1. December 29, 2010 at 7:58 am #

    I love boring, easy, gorgeous, and tasty cookies! Your blog looks simply amazing right now with this cookie picture on the front page, the black back drop and the “snow” falling. Love it Marianne!

  2. December 29, 2010 at 9:19 am #

    Those look amazing Marianne! Hope you and your family had a wonderful holiday!

  3. December 29, 2010 at 9:41 am #

    Yum yum. Those look so pretty! Too bad I’m all sugared out from Christmas (though somehow I still eat copious amounts of chocolate, go figure…).

  4. December 29, 2010 at 2:47 pm #

    thank god you extended cookie week! btw i remember when u posted the photos of when you bought that “mummy” chocolate/candy covered apple from rocky mountain when u were here.. well the other day i was downtown and saw their chocolate santa apples!! haha i definitely thought of you!

    now onto these delicious cookies; i love the contrast of the dark cookie with the powdered sugar! so beautiful how it “cracks” and u can see the two different colors so beautifully 🙂

  5. December 29, 2010 at 4:30 pm #

    Yum….am dreaming of cookies not made with rice flour….maybe next year! They look gorgeous! All I had a chance to “bake” this year was rice krispie squares and candy cane bark. In hindsight, I also ate a lot less this holiday season so it was probably for the best then!

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