Tip 3 – Time to Start Baking!
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.
Below is one of our favourite recipes – simple, delicious, and with excellent presentation value !
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.
Days until Christmas – 26!