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Last minute Christmas dessert emergency? Make these easy chocolate cookies

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Intro: An easy chocolate cookies recipe can save you from those Christmas dessert mishaps. If you need Christmas cookie ideas (or cookie dough) to fill the cookie tins at your holiday dessert exchange, try making this delicious chocolate dessert with Dutch process cocoa powder.

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Cookies to Fill Your Christmas Cookie Tins

We've all felt it. That panic that comes when we realize that we've forgotten about a holiday party or Christmas cookie exchange. We need to bring something to fill everyone's Christmas cookie tins. And we.have.nothing. Nothing. NOTHING at all. Oops!

Never fear. This easy chocolate cookies recipe made with Dutch process cocoa powder will get you out of the bind of that Christmas emergency in no time. I'll bet you can practically feel your mouth water as you think about the delish rich, dark chocolate goodness in your mouth. I know I can. And your friends and family will likely have that response, too. And just because a recipe is easy to make, doesn't mean it isn't also just yummy. Right? Right.

Intrigued? Then read on…

Chocolate Cookies Recipe: Easy to Make for Christmas

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 sticks of room temperature butter, unsalted
  • 2 c. sugar
  • 2 eggs, large
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 c. cocoa powder, Dutch process tastes best
  • 2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • White sanding sugar

Instructions:

  1. Take out a large bowl and mix the sugar and the butter together using a hand mixer until it becomes creamy.
  2. Add in the vanilla and eggs and mix everything together thoroughly.
  3. In a separate medium-size bowl, mix together the salt, flour, baking soda and cocoa powder.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the creamy ingredients, going slowly until everything is mixed together.
  5. Roll out the dough, making two dough logs. They should measure about 2-inches in height and one-foot in length.
  6. Wrap them up in wax paper and put in the fridge for two hours.
  7. Heat the oven to 350 when you're ready to bake.
  8. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  9. Use cookie cutters to cut out the cookies and dust them with the sanding sugar.
  10. Bake the cookies for 10 minutes.
  11. Remove from oven and put on a wire rack to cool.

Chocolate Trivia: What is Dutch Process Cocoa Powder?

According to BakingBites.com,

There are two types of cocoa powder: natural and dutch processed. Natural cocoa powder is made from the solids of a roasted, dried cocoa bean, which are very finely ground into a powder for packaging. The powder is slightly acidic and has a very sharp taste to it, though it usually contains fruity or smokey notes just like dark roasted coffee beans do. Natural cocoa powder will react with leavening agents like baking soda, which depend on the presence of an acidic ingredient to activate them.

Finally, I'll bet it occurs to you that this easy chocolate cookie recipe would be great even if you don't have cookie tins to fill and no holiday emergencies. If you feel that someone else would benefit from having this dessert for their Christmas recipe box, please share the URL link at the top of the page via email and social media.

Happy Holidays!

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