Christmas Prep – 12 Tips in 2 Weeks – Tip 3

Tip 3 – Time to Start Baking!

Xmas cookies

The majority of cookie and square recipes freeze well and a little goodie box makes a very well received gift for a friend or hostess. It’s really getting two things off your list at once – baking and gift solution!

You can also make this into a fun social evening by inviting a couple of friends over and each baking up a recipe. Then swap at the end of your baking extravaganza and presto, you each have a variety of cookies baked and ready to enjoy. (Tip – hold off on the wine until all of the ingredients are measured out!)

To help you bake in style, we’re offering all holiday themed aprons and oven mitts at 25% off until December 3rd.

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Below is one of our favourite recipes – simple, delicious, and with excellent presentation value !

Crackle cookies

Chocolate Crackles (makes 5 dozen)

8 ounces bittersweet chocolate finely chopped

1 ¼ cups all purpose flour

½ cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder

2 teaspoons baking powder

¼ teaspoon coarse salt

½ cup unsalted butter softened

1 ½ cups packed light brown sugar

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/3 cup milk

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup confectioners sugar

  • Preheat oven to 350. Melt chocolate in heat proof bowl over a pan of simmering water, stirring. Set aside and let cool. Sift flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl; set aside.
  • Mix butter and brown sugar on medium speed until pale and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Mix in eggs and vanilla, and then the melted chocolate. Reduce speed to low; mix in flour mixture in 2 batches, alternating with the milk. Divide dough into 4 equal pieces. Wrap each in plastic; refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours.
  • Divide each piece into 16 (1-inch) balls. Roll in granulated sugar to coat, then in confectioners sugar to coat. Space 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake until surfaces crack, about 14 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks. Cookies can be stored in airtight containers in the freezer for a month.

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