I’ve been doing a lot more pinning as of late trying to fit in with all the “cool kids” and thought I’d research some Christmas cookies, “Easy Cookies”. It started like any other day looking up recipes, except that day I was doing my research on Pinterest. I’d lost interest in the past with Pinterest because many of the “reviews” of the recipes were just comments like, “Looks awesome!” and “I can’t wait to try this recipe..at some point..in the unforeseeable future.” It seemed that there were no real reviews and the one recipe that I did try that one time in band camp…sucked. I mean S-U-C-K-E-D.
I was trying to find more recipes using protein powder and landed on the ol’ Pinny Pin of pumpkin muffins. They were muffins that I ended up renaming Poo Poo Pumpkin Muffins. They were just weird. The taste of pumpkin was non existent and the strange protein powder aftertaste was off putting. I mean, off pooping. And the fact that I’d wasted so much money on expensive ingredients really teed me off.
I usually like to do 2 or three different kinds of cookies with varying flavors and or textures. I came across a recipe for chocolate crinkle cookies from the blog “Gimme Some Oven.” I read through the recipe and comments and printed up the recipe. I knew I wanted to make a Christmas sugar cookie and read several recipes and finally went with, “The Best Sugar Cookie Recipe” from the blog “A Spicy Perspective.“
Both recipes I followed to the letter. Otherwise how can you honestly review it? Both cookies came out great and I was actually surprised with the perfectly accurate time on the chocolate crinkle cookies. The Sugar cookies were delightfully light and delicious and not what I was expecting. It didn’t have the typical chew of cooked sugar I was expecting but rather held that great cookie dough taste that I like with a bite of sugar in the end. The chocolate cookie recipe I’d make again as well. The only thing I’d change is the amount of powered sugar used for dipping the cookies in. You literally need maybe a 1/4 cup to dust the cookies in rather than 1 full cup. Other than that? Thumbs up.
I guess my pinning days are just beginning. I find it pretty entertaining now to sort through not only recipes on Pinterest, but look up travel destinations, new workouts, hairstyles, etc. It’s one big gigantic internet cork board and the available pins are only limited by imagination.
- 3 cups all purpose flour measured then sifted
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 3 sticks unsalted butter softened (1 1/2 cups)
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar + extra for rolling
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 375°. Mix salt, baking powder and flour together in bowl.
In separate bowl or electric mixer combine softened butter and sugar. Cream together on medium speed for about 3 minutes. Your mixture should look like this:
Turn mixture to low and add eggs, one at a time, mixing after each one to fully incorporate. Add vanilla and scrape bowl.
Keep mixer on low speed and add flour 1 cup at a time until all flour is incorporated. Scrape down bowl with spatula and mix again.
In a small bowl add about 1/4 cup of sugar. With a 1″ cookie scooper, make 1″ balls. Toss them in the sugar and roll gently in your hands before placing on a nonstick cookie sheet. Flatten gently with your hands or the bottom of a greased glass.
Bake for 9 to 11 minutes until edges are slightly golden brown. Cool on cookie sheet. Deeeeelightful!
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup mild-flavored oil (such as vegetable oil)
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar, for coating the cookies
In a medium bowl combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Set to side.
In a bowl or stand mixer combine sugar and oil. Beat on medium for about 2 minutes. Add in the eggs one at a time until combined and then add vanilla. With mixer on low slowly add in flour mixture and beat on medium speed until fully incorporated.
Leave in bowl and top with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 24 hours.
Preheat oven to 350°. Using 1″ scooper, scoop dough into round balls and roll in powdered sugar. Plop on a nonstick cookie pan and bake for 10 minutes.
Notes: This recipe does call for 1 cup powdered sugar to coat the cookies but I only needed (honestly less than) 1/4 cup. It is a very sticky dough so I didn’t even bother making it into a dough ball as the original recipe states. It was just easier (and less messy) to wrap my bowl and refrigerate as it were until the next day. Also, for a standard kitchen aid mixer there isn’t enough sugar and oil for the mixer arms to even reach. I had to slightly lift the bowl off the base and attach my whisk attachment to mix. The recipe says it will get light and fluffy as with creaming but that only happens with sugar and butter, not oil. So, I mixed the oil and sugar as the recipe stated for 2 minutes.
These cookies WERE awesome and yielded 20 just like the recipe stated it would. They were like little sugar coated brownie balls. I’d definitely make these again!
Both of these recipes with recipe cards can be found in the link provided above each recipe on each of the bloggers websites.
Christmas day may be over but I hope the spirit of Christmas stays around all year, or at least through the winter. The extra smiles, the overall just showing of love is what this season is all about. And even these cookies put a smile on so many faces. It really is the little things that count. Little things that let people know that you are thinking of them.
What did you do this holiday season (or have someone do for you) that put a smile on your face? Please comment below and share the love!