If you’ve ever read one of my Friday Favorites posts, then you know I have an affinity for outrageous desserts.
Eight layer chocolate cake dripping with caramel, chewy chips ahoy and fruity pebbles? Chocolate chip cookie dough stuffed inside brownies, wrapped in pancakes and drizzled with hot fudge? Red velvet cake balls rolled in hot rocks and marshmallows, then grilled over an open flame?
I’ll have one of each.
While I enjoy drooling over and devouring these extreme edibles, I rarely make them at home. Mostly because I know they’d never stand a chance at a long and happy life with my raging sweet tooth lurking in the wings, but mostly because I’m lazy.
I mean, you know me! I adore cooking, hence this blog, but when a recipe starts taking more than 30 minutes of active cooking time, I tend to get a little fidgety. Then this happens.
I will make an exception for the Pioneer Woman’s Cinnamon Rolls though. Don’t get it twisted.
At any rate, the same rationale applies to me and Christmas Cookies. Would I like to take the time to make sugar cookie Santas and decorate them with royal icing, sparkly sugar and licorice ropes? Of course. Do I wish I had the patience to cut out and bake Linzer cookies with jam shining through the top like European stained glass? You bet.
Unfortunately I simply won’t, and don’t!
Maybe that’s why my favorite Christmas cookie in the world also happens to be one of the easiest. No waiting for butter to get to room temperature, no labor intensive decorating, and no icing. Ok, the dough does have to chill before they’re baked – but Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are totally worth it!
Each bite of this deeply chocolaty cookie treat is absolute Heaven. The outside is sweet and pure, while the inside is decadent and rich.
They just scream Christmas! to me. Maybe it’s because they look like a chocolate snowballs!
Like I said, they’re totally easy to make too. Just cream together cocoa, vegetable oil and sugar, with eggs then vanilla.
Next mix in flour, baking powder and salt.
(Taste now, if you must. I must.)
I say the simple factor up until now overrides the fact that the dough now needs to chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.
It’s not like it’s anymore work, you’ve just got to wait to get your reward!
Mmmkay, 4 hours later and we’re back. Roll 1 Tablespoon worth of dough into balls, then roll in powdered sugar. Bake for 8-10 minutes, and voila!
I adore these cookies, and they’re always such a crowd pleaser when I take them to get togethers!
Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
Makes 18 cookies
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup powdered sugar
- In the bowl of a mixer (or in a medium-sized bowl) beat together cocoa, sugar, vanilla and vegetable oil. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until mixture is smooth. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Mix into wet ingredients in 3 batches, mixing until just combined in between each batch. Cover the dough and chill for at least 4 hours, or overnight.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Scoop out 1 Tablespoon dough, roll it into a ball between your palms and roll in powdered sugar. Place on a non-stick sprayed, or parchment paper lined, baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes. Let cookies cool on the baking sheet for 2-3 minutes before removing to a cooling rack.
The insides of these cookies are dense like fudge, which I just can’t get enough of. MMMM!
Month of Holiday Giveaways
The lucky, soon to be even more on the move, winner of the Fitbit Ultra Giveaway is…
Amy: I have been doing at least 50+ push-ups everyday for the last 2 years-though maybe it’s time to up that to 100!
Congratulations Amy! Email your full name, address and ph# to IowaGirlEats@gmail.com, and we’ll get that out to you. To everyone else, keep on keepin’ on. Steps still count even if they’re not officially counted!
20 Day Holiday Workout Challenge
Uggghhhhh, it’s happened. I missed yesterday’s workout for the 20 Day Holiday Workout Challenge. Things were going so well, too! I’m vowing to make it up this weekend, and started over by hitting the gym for a great sweat sesh tonight, beginning with this 40 Minute Treadmill Routine:
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Followed by18 tortuous minutes on the stair stepper. I think we might be close to breaking up.
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Back on the bandwagon and feelin’ groovy!
Off to tackle a to-do list a mile long – goodnight!
What’s your favorite Christmas or holiday cookie?