It's kind of amazing that christmas is just two weeks away... and all I've really done to prepare is bake cookies! It's a good thing the kids are little enough still to not want very much. They get just as excited about a kinder egg surprise as they do a large (and expensive) new toy. As they get older I hope they learn to appreciate experiences and traditions - not just gifts. When I think back on all my childhood memories, specific toys don't stand out in my mind. I remember the excitement of waiting at the top of the stairs on christmas mornings - the smell of the pine tree mixed with smoke from a fire, and probably the whiff of strong coffee. Those elves must have made it all possible on very little sleep! Our house felt so alive and full of love on christmas... and those are the feelings I want to pass on to my little family.
I made these brownie-ish cookies in two varieties - with and without the hershey's kiss. I can't decide which ones I like better... the mint kisses are perfect for the holidays, but so too are the crinkled white tops. The recipe makes a lot - so there's room for options.
Brownie-bite Cookies (mint optional)
makes about 4 dozen
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
4 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup icing sugar
Hershey's Kisses (optional)
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt.
In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, oil, eggs, and vanilla. Stir flour mixture into sugar mixture, until just combined. Place plastic wrap over bowl and refrigerate dough for at least 2 hours.
Unwrap the hershey's kisses you plan to use, and place in a small bowl in the freezer.
Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper, and preheat oven to 350°F. Place powdered sugar in a small bowl.
Scoop dough into small balls, roll in powdered sugar, and place on baking sheet. Bake for 11-13 minutes, until cookies crackle and look 'set'.
Remove from oven. Immediately press a frozen kiss into each cookie, then place cookie sheet into the fridge just until chocolate is set and no longer shiny. Remove from fridge and allow to cool completely.
inspired by bakergirl