Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas to You and Yours!

I have told you over and over that I don't like to bake cookies, but I baked for you.

Triple Chocolate Ginger Crinkles.

Rich chocolate cookies with just a hint of spicy ginger and dusted with powdered sugar. Each unique like a snowflake. All delicious.

Merry Christmas to you and yours. May you find peace and love in this holiday season.

(adapted from Martha Stewart)

1/2 cup unsalted butter
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1 3/4 cups sugar
1 1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs, beaten
3/4 cup candied ginger, finely chopped
1/2 cup semisweet mini chocolate chips
1 cup powdered sugar

Melt the butter and unsweetened chocolate, stirring until smooth.
Let cool for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350F; line baking sheets with parchment paper.
Beat the eggs and sugar together.
Whisk in the cooled butter and chocolate mixture.
Stir in the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until incorporated.
Stir in mini chocolate chips and ginger.
Place powdered sugar in a wide bowl.
Shape dough into 1-inch balls. (I found that using a cookie scoop to worked well.)
Roll each dough ball in powdered sugar to coat.
Place cookies about 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets.
Bake 14-17 minutes, until cookies are puffed and cracked. (14 minutes made perfectly chewy cookies for me; 17 minutes yielded crisper cookies)
Allow to cool for a minute before transferring to racks to cool completely. (Yield: 3 dozen)

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