Get excited for a week of butter, sugar and pure awesomeness, y’all! It’s Christmas Cookie Week, and I hope you’re planning on joining in.
Today’s cookie recipe is one of my personal favorites, and it is a recipe I have perfected after baking 28 dozen with my friends Lauren, Candice and Meki in preparation for my wedding reception’s Cookie Table. (It was a little intense, ha.)
This recipe does not make 28 dozen, so no fear.
You’ll start off with softened butter. To get the butter to be this soft and wonderful, leave it out overnight (if you’re baking in the morning) or pull it out of the fridge in the morning before you leave for work if you’re baking in the evening. You want the butter to fall apart whenever you touch it.
You’ll add sugar to your softened butter, then you cream the two together until light and fluffy. (See the image below if you’re confused!)
Then you’ll add the two eggs and vanilla extract.
Using your mixer – or your super strong arms – mix these ingredients together until the dough is smooth.
While you’re mixing the butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla, melt the unsweetened chocolate in the microwave. (Yes, this is OK. Just keep an eye on it so it won’t burn. I recommend nuking the chocolate in 30 second increments until it is melted and smooth. If you try to microwave it for an extended period of time, the chocolate will burn. And it smells awful. … Just sayin’.)
Add the cooled chocolate to the butter/sugar/egg/vanilla extract mixture and whip it up until combined.
Once it’s all nice and mixed up, you’ll take the dry ingredients – all-purpose flour, baking powder and salt – and sift them. You can sift them into a separate bowl, or you can just sift them over the wet ingredients. I do the latter because we don’t have that many bowls in our kitchen.
Don’t have a sifter? Check this out.
And then once the dry ingredients have been sifted, mix them into the wet ingredients. Also add the milk. It’ll take a little while, and your hand mixer might sound sad (or your arm might feel a little sore). Mix these until all the flour has been completely incorporated.
If you want to add pecans to the batter, now is the time to do it. Sadly, I didn’t have any readily available at my house, so I held off. But these cookies are really tasty with the nuts if you like that kind of thing.
The final product will look something like this:
Now you’ve GOT to cover it with plastic wrap and place it in the fridge for at least an hour.
Trust me, y’all. While the batter looks like it’s good to go, it’s not. And if you try to roll it right now, you will have chocolate hands for the rest of the day. And significantly fewer cookies than if you had let it rest and chill.
Leave the kitchen. Take a walk. Play with your dog. Read a few blogs. Do SOMETHING to get yourself away from the cookie dough. And then come back to chilled dough.
Now is the fun part if you like getting your hands a little dirty. (Note: Take off any rings you wear now because this could get a little messy.)
Pull the batter out of the fridge and pinch off a 1 inch section of it. Roll it into a ball between your palms.
It’ll look like this once rolled.
Take the dough ball and plop it into a bowl that contains a cup of powdered sugar. (The wider the bowl, the more dough balls you can roll before getting your hands all powdered-sugary.)
Roll the dough ball around until it is coated, then transfer it to a greased baking sheet.
Once the baking sheet is full, bake at 350 for 15 minutes.
The balls will flatten slightly as they bake, but will be partially rounded when they are done.
Then let all the beautiful little cookies cool. So you don’t burn your mouth.
And then then enjoy!
Chocolate-y, wonderful cookies rolled in powdered sugar that melt in your mouth. What's not to love about these Chocolate Crinkle Cookies?
- ½cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
- 1 ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate squares, , melted and cooled
- 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons milk
- ½ cup chopped pecans **optional!**
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- In a large glass bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until light yellow using a hand mixer or a stand mixer.
- Add vanilla extract and eggs to the butter/sugar mixture. Mix until blended.
- Next, add the melted chocolate, stirring until mixture is an even light brown.
- Stir in dry ingredients, alternating with the milk.
- Stir in pecans, if adding.
- Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and chill in refrigerator for at least an hour.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat. Set aside.
- Using your hands, shape the cookies into 1" dough balls and roll in powdered sugar until covered.
- Bake for 15 minutes (or until cookies are set.)
- Cool and then enjoy!
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Serving Size:1 cookie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 112 Total Fat: 5g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 17mg Sodium: 62mg Carbohydrates: 16g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 10g Protein: 2g