The 20 Days of Holiday Treats: Day 19 Coal Cookies

I’m not sure if it’s better to be naughty, and get these cookies, or nice. tehe Coal cookies! An awesome stocking stuffer for anyone on the Naughty or Nice list.

Happy Christmas Eve Eve!

Coal Cookies

Coal Cookies

From King Arthur Flour.

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 1/3 cupsbrown sugar
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons espresso powder
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
2/3 cup Dutch-process cocoa
1 1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips*

*Or a mixture of raisins, chips, and nuts.

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease two baking sheets, or line them with parchment. Or lightly grease a mini-muffin pan. Or use a combination of pans: the recipe makes 36 cookies.

In a medium bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, baking powder, espresso powder, vanilla, and salt. Add the eggs, beating until smooth. Stir in the cocoa powder, then the flour; the dough will be stiff. Mix in the chocolate chips, or the chips/raisins/nuts.

Drop the dough by tablespoonfuls (about 1 1/2″ balls, about 1 1/8 ounces) onto the prepared baking sheets, or into the mini-muffin cups; a tablespoon cookie scoop is the perfect tool for this. Bake the cookies for 12 minutes (on a baking sheet); 15 minutes (in an aluminum mini-muffin pan), or 21 minutes (in a silicone mini-muffin pan); they’ll look not-quite-done in the center. Remove them from the oven, and allow the cookies to cool for about 10 minutes; or the mini muffins to cool for 20 minutes. Gently squeeze and shape the cookies into uneven balls, to resemble chunks of coal.

Note: Cookies stay fresh at room temperature no longer than a week. For extended storage, bake, then freeze immediately to serve later.

Happy Holidays!

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