Here in my neck of the woods, it's officially cold. A few warmer days have crept in here and there, but on the whole, the cold has come to stay. But that doesn't necessarily mean it has to be cold inside too...
... I mean really, is there any better way to warm up a house or a chilly disposition than warm, gooey, uber chocolaty cookies?
Especially ones rolled in even more cocoa and raw sugar...
... left a little gooey in the center...
And shaped to resemble lumps of coal? I'm pretty sure even the naughtiest ones on the list would turn nice for this delectable cookie.
Tucked into a paper bag, and nestled at the bottom of a stocking, these deceptive little bites of magic can even bring a smile to Scrooge's face.
Coal Cookie Ingredients:
1/2 cup (4 ounces) unsalted butter
1 1/3 cups (10 ounces) brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons espresso powder
1 tablespoon (1/2 ounce) vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
2/3 cup (2 ounces) Dutch-process cocoa
1 1/2 cups (6 1/2 ounces) King Arthur 100% Organic White Whole Wheat Flour or King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips*
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease two baking sheets, or line them with parchment, the recipe makes 36 cookies.
In a medium bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, baking powder, espresso powder, vanilla, and salt. Add the eggs, beating until smooth. Stir in the cocoa powder, then the flour; the dough will be stiff. Mix in the chocolate chips, or the chips/raisins/nuts.
Drop the dough by tablespoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheets. Bake the cookies for 12 minutes (on a baking sheet); they'll look not-quite-done in the center. Remove them from the oven, and allow the cookies to cool for about 10 minutes. Gently squeeze and shape the cookies into uneven balls, to resemble chunks of coal.
*Note: To really bring out the geologic quality of these yummy cookie bites, mix two tablespoons of cocoa powder with a cup of raw or course sugar and roll the raw dough in it before baking. *Recipe modified from King Arthur Flour
These cookies are a breeze to make, and even more fun to eat! Just be warned, the cocoa powder will get everywhere...
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