The first of many Christmas treats hitting the blog today! Crinkle cookies are soft and chewy on the inside and just a little bit crispy on the outside. The perfect combination. Think brownies! These cookies would make a great addition to any Christmas cookie platter, as an edible gift or just to eat by yourself!
Let the baking begin!
Who spends a lot of time baking during Christmas? I used to spend so much time baking, like days and days, weeks and weeks and then some. I felt it was what you did. Christmas wasn't Christmas unless you slaved away into the wee hours of the morning night after night baking all of the beautiful delights that were expected for the festive period.
And by festive period I mean for the entire month of December. There would usually be some kind of treat on hand, whether it be cookies, cakes or pies, there was always something to share if we just happened to get visitors.
Guess what? We don't get visitors. Insert crying face now. Okay, seriously though, people don't just pop in any more. The more I think about it, I am not sure people ever popped in around here.
You see, I grew up in a "pop in culture". I just made that up, but that is how I felt it was. You see December was the most hospitable of months. It was when you could not only just pop around to your neighbours, friends or relatives homes unexpected, it was expected of you to do so. It seemed no matter what people were up to, they would take the time to "entertain" you for a visit. There would probably be a piece of fruit cake, a cup of tea or a stiff drink and a chocolate or two. No matter who they were, you were always felt welcome. It was warm, welcoming and I loved it. It didn't matter if the house was a mess, the dog fur hadn't been brushed off the sofa for three weeks and they only had the store bought biscuits, you were made to feel welcome.
That feels like a lifetime ago to me now. In fact almost a different galaxy in time. What happened to us? How did we all become so busy that we need a week's notice before we can visit a friend for a cup of tea and a biscuit of two. I am as guilty as the next person, I fully admit it. I love the spontaneity of life, but somehow it seems to have been sucked out of me and thrown down the toilet.
I guess, over time, it just gradually happened. Like most things in life really. They generally don't just happen with a bang overnight. Usually, it is small subtleties that nobody notices until all of a sudden the way things used to be are not recognizable any more. Then it becomes the new norm and accepted. Umm, food for thought.
Sometimes, I feel it's easy to get caught up in the "perfect" world that we all feel everyone is living. We look through Pinterest, Instagram or whatever social sceptical show that wows us and it's all ohhhs and ahhhs. We put down our phone and walk away in dismay of how people manage it all. I am sure the reality doesn't match the idyllic setting in probably 99% of the cases.
I have to believe this because I know what my life is like on the best of days.
It is full of dog fur, cat hair, kids messes, motor grease, stained sofas, and God forbid, store bought cookies. What you see here on the blog is a mere glimpse into a my little fantasy world that I create for myself every now again. The pictures are pretty and the food tastes good, but there's much more behind the pretty picture than meets the eye.
Okay, I have no idea where this conversation is headed so I am going to bring it to a hault before I start questioning everything. If there is a moral to this story, it's probably don't sweat the small stuff. The cat fur can wait and buy the cookies at the supermarket if you don't have time to make your own. Nobody cares! Really, they don't.
This book was just brought to my attention yesterday, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, and I think it could be great reading for just about everybody. Okay, maybe not for everyone, but I am giving it a go!
Just for a second, let's dive back into the world of all things pretty and talk about the cookies. That's why you came right?
I love these chocolate crinkle cookies. They are so soft and chewy on the inside and have an intense chocolate flavour. The cracked exterior with the powdered sugar makes these cookies just perfect.
You will see in the recipe below that the dough needs to be chilled. Usually when I make them, I put he dough in the fridge overnight. It only needs to be chilled for a few hours, but I just find this easy. As well, don't overbake them, or they will be dry. You are aiming for a moist and chewy cookie so check them at 7 minutes and see how they are going.
I have successfully frozen these cookies at least a half a dozen times. Guess what? I have even eaten them frozen. Yes, I have because I kinda' lack patience from time to time.
Really, that is just about it for this batch.
Now go sit, relax and don't fret the small stuff!
Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
Makes 30 cookies / Prep time: 15 minutes / Chill time: 3 hours / Bake time: 8 minutes (per batch )
For the cookies:
8 Ounces/230 grams dark baking chocolate, roughly chopped
5 Tablespoon butter
1/2 Cup/100 grams sugar
2 Teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 Cups/195 grams flour
1/2 Teaspoon baking powder
1 Cup/110 grams powdered sugar, sifted
In a small stainless steel pot placed over another stainless steel pot with simmering water, melt the chocolate and butter. Remove from heat and leave to cool.
In a large mixing bowl, mix the eggs and sugar on high speed until pale and fluffy. This could take up to 5 minutes. Beat in the vanilla extract and the the chocolate.
Mix together the flour, salt and baking powder in a small bowl. Add the dry ingredients to the chocolate mixture until it is just comes together.
Cover the bowl in plastic wrap and place in the fridge for several hours.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and line two baking pans with parchment paper.
Put the powdered sugar on a large plate. Take the dough out of the fridge and using a teaspoon scoop out small amounts and form into about 1 inch balls. Repeat for all the dough. Roll the balls in the sugar and place on the baking trays. Bake for approximately 7 - 10 minutes.
Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool. Cookies are best the day they are made but will keep for a few days in an airtight container. They will freeze for about a month.
Click the downloadable link below to print recipe!
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