The recipe is from Southern Living’s Christmas at Home magazine.
Did I mention that my favorite part of the holiday season is decorating and baking? Oh yeah.
The Nerd was kind enough to spend the afternoon in the kitchen with me, helping me bake (and sampling!) these goodies.
The thing about these cookies is not their chocolatey exterior. Oh, no. The yummy goodness is on the inside when you find one of the many chocolate chips scattered throughout the batter. Y-U-M.
Ok, I know you’re dying to try these! So, here’s what you need to get started:
3 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup sifted powdered sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. salt
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
3 Tbsp. light corn syrup
2 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 large egg
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook 3/4 cup chocolate morsels and oil in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly. The magazine says this will take about 2 minutes, but it really took me like 10 minutes for all of the chocolate to melt. That’s what you want, melted chocolate chips. Sigh. Pour chocolate mixture into a large bowl, and cool 5 minutes.
2. Stir together flour, powdered sugar, cocoa, baking powder and salt. I used a whisk to do this, and it worked really well.
3. Stir brown sugar, corn syrup, vanilla, egg and 2 Tbsp. water into melted chocolate mixture. Then, stir that into the flour mixture. Now, add the remaining chocolate morsels for those sporadic, but oh-so-worth-it chocolate chips throughout the dough. The dough is going to be really stiff, and it takes a *lot* of effort to stir this all together. Your arm will get tired. Trust me.
4. Drop dough by level tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart onto lightly greased baking sheets. We molded them into little oval-shaped cookies. You’ll get about 3 dozen cookies out of the dough.
5. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes. Cook on baking sheets 2 minutes. Then, transfer to wire racks to cool completely (about 20 minutes).
When the cookies are cool, you’ll see cracks starting to appear throughout the surface. Yay! That will give you a little peek at the yummy goodness inside.
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What are your favorite holiday recipes to give away?
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