Sunday, December 7, 2008

Keep the Cookies Coming....

Christmas Cookies....

So I hope you guys like cookies because you are going to be inundated with them over the next couple weeks. Today I hosted a cookie exchange with some girlfriends and managed to take photos of each of their cookies. I am going to post every few days to make sure they all get posted by Christmas. To start the cookie parade, these cookies are traditional Chocolate Crinkle Cookies. They were not part of the cookie exchange; I actually made these for a co-worker last week. Make sure to check back every few days for the cookie exchange recipes.

You see we had been working crazy hours back in October and early November. Now when I say crazy, I mean crazy. We did not have a day off for almost a month, we often worked 15+ hour days, and I even had to work on my birthday (which was a Saturday). So when we were working these long hours I told my co-workers I would make each of them a special treat; whatever they requested. This one co-worker only requested a chocolate cookie so this is what I went for. I am not a huge powder sugar person and thought these cookies were good, but not the best I ever had or anything. Well the people at work thought otherwise. In fact one person told me they were the best thing I ever brought in. They were gone before I knew it.

Link Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
adapted from

1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar

In a medium bowl, mix together cocoa, white sugar, and vegetable oil. Beat in eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt; stir into the cocoa mixture. Cover dough, and chill for at least 4 hours or in the freezer for one hour.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Roll dough into half inch balls. Coat each ball in confectioners' sugar before placing onto prepared cookie sheets.

Bake in preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes. Let stand on the cookie sheet for a minute before transferring to wire racks to cool. Makes approximately 72 cookies.

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