I don’t know about you but I’m sooooooo behind with Christmas and yet I feel like I started long ago, so I’m thinking, how does that happen?
I wanted to do a holiday baking series with visits to some of my friend’s homes to see what their favorite cookie for Christmas is and I’m so appreciative of all my follower’s patience in getting this series done. I also am very appreciative of my friends who said yes to sharing their homes and recipes with me, so thank you to them.
One of the first people I thought to help launch my 12 Days of Christmas Baking was my friend Colleen. Colleen and I attended culinary school together and I’m so grateful that I know her and that we have maintained a friendship as I do treasure her as a friend and colleague. Colleen has done some pretty amazing things since we graduated, she started to volunteer cooking for Rawhide, a motorcycle adventure group, where she worked long hard days, slept in a tent or a camper and had adventures in no dishwashers, no lighting and feeding 100’s of people and more important, she never ever complained. Colleen also volunteered at her church where she prepared meals for the priest and for events…I think that’s pretty amazing of her to have donated so much of herself and her skills to organizations that needed help. And let me tell you when it comes to skills, Colleen took the cake with her knife skills, she was our “go-to” girl for any chopping…she’s just amazing!
A big thank you to you Colleen for being brave enough, kind enough and open to letting me come into your home and letting me prepare your favorite cookie.
Colleen’s favorite cookie without a doubt was the Chocolate Crinkles, I have to say that I have made Chocolate Crinkles before, but it was several years ago and I remember that I really liked them. When I was posting this recipe, I researched which recipe I did, believe it or not, it was Betty Crocker recipe which is funny because that’s the recipe that Colleen did and I didn’t realize until today that I did the exact same recipe.
I made some adjustments to this recipe as the original recipe called for 2 cups of sugar and bittersweet chocolate, I didn’t have bittersweet chocolate so I used morsels and reduced the sugar. I’m gonna say to stick to the original recipe that I have listed here as I really liked them better. My changes I wrote below in the recipe but my changes are marked in parenthesis so you can decide, again mine are more like cake cookies and the original was like a fudge.
So first you put your sugar in a bowl
add your oil and mix well with a whisk
add your melted and cooled chocolate and add one egg at a time mixing with the whisk until well blended
add your flour and mix in well
time to wrap it with saran wrap, you can put saran wrap on your bowl or wrap it in a roll as I did
scoop with teaspoon and put the balls in confectioners sugar, place on a baking sheet with parchment paper
bake and remove from oven, enjoy warm
With my adjustments, my cookie had more of a “cake” texture the original recipe is more like a fudge cookie. Mine are not as sweet, which how I like it but nonetheless, I’m posting the original and in parentheses, I have my changes.
I really appreciated Colleen opening her house to me and sharing in the joy of Christmas…thank you again!
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