Friday, July 06, 2018
Trying out a potential Christmas cookie recipe
This idea came to me as I was leafing through some recipes I had saved from the King Arthur Baking catalog. When I saw the one below, it occurred to me that these cookies could be made patriotic by switching out the peppermint bits for red, white, and blue sprinkles. I have linked to the recipe here: Hot Cocoa Cookies.
So last week I set out to try it. I ended up changing quite a few things about the recipe as I didn't have everything on hand that it called for. I used regular chocolate chips instead of mini; left out the cocoa nibs, and, for the top, used several dark chocolate chips instead of the bittersweet melting disks. Next time, I will get the disks and I will also use the mini chips instead of regular, because I really think it will make a difference. I think the disk will give a neater circle of chocolate on the top of the cookie, rather than substituting the four chocolate chips and swirling them around, as I did.
I also shaped the dough into balls because I just think molded cookies look neater than drop cookies, and my cookie scoop would have been too large for this. I tried to keep the balls of dough about an inch in diameter, but came out with quite a few less cookies than the recipe specified. I think I got about 3 1/2 dozen.
One unusual ingredient I did have was the espresso powder, which really did add a lovely flavor to the cookies.
I will definitely make these cookies again! They are delicious, and went over well at the July 4th cookout I took them to. Have you ever tried out Christmas recipes in July?