Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

 

This week has been hectic. Our potluck is tomorrow at work so I need to get up bright and early to bake some cookies (for our 2nd annual cookie competition) and make crab dip! Wish me luck:-).

This cookie got rave reviews from family and co-workers. They are crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside with a perfect deep chocolate flavor. The confectioners sugar not only looks pretty but adds a subtle sugar flavor that tastes wonderful against the fudgy chocolate cookie. This would have been a great entry for the competition, however, since I already brought them in to work I need to make something different.

Enjoy!

Source – What’s Gaby Cooking

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • ½ cup oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ cup powdered sugar

Instructions
  1. Combine cocoa, sugar and oil in a mixer and combine until well mixed. Add eggs and vanilla and mix again until well combined.
  2. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt and stir with a whisk until everything is combined. Slowly add to the chocolate mixture and mix until everything is combined.
  3. Place dough covered in the fridge and let chill for at least 3 hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 and then scoop out tablespoon sized balls and roll between your palms. Roll in powdered sugar and give each dough ball a good coating. Place on a cookie sheet. Bake for about 10 minutes and let cool slightly before moving to a cooling rack.
  5. Enjoy!
  6. Bake

Sugar Cookie Bars

 

I love frosted sugar cookies. However, the whole process of making the dough, rolling it out, cutting it into  cute little shapes and decorating is a bit too much for me these days.  So when I saw this recipe a few years ago for Sugar Cookie Bars I bookmarked it instantly (this year I would have pinned it, but two years ago it was a bookmark.)

This year I made these as an alternative to a birthday cake since we were having cake at least two other times for Ella’s birthday.   If you are looking for a cute alternative to birthday cake these make a great choice.  I let Ella decorate them and they turned out really cute.

When I make these bars for Christmas I will do half of the pan in one color and the other half in another.  There are lots of options with these bars.  You could even make them on a pizza stone and shape them however you would like (like a tree or a heart.)

When you are spreading the dough into the sheet pan it helps to use some plastic wrap. I just place it on top of the dough and pat it flat with my hands. This way your hands don’t stick to the dough.

So, if you are like me and the decorating piece comes second to the baking part of making cookies, then you need to try these cookies.  They are a go-to in my cookie repertoire and I bet the will be for you, too!

This recipe was adapted from The Repressed Pasty Chef.

Sugar Cookie Bars
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter – softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 5 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • Use your favorite frosting to go with these.

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cream butter and sugar until fluffy and pale in color. Add eggs one at a time and then the vanilla.
  3. Combine flour, salt and soda and mix with a whisk. Slowly add to the wet ingredients just until combined.
  4. Spread dough evenly into a large sheet pan. Bake for 10-15 minutes until bars are lightly browned. Cool completely and frost with your favorite frosting. I use this vanilla buttercream.

 

This post is linked up to: Cooking At Café D

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