I love hiding edible treasures inside baked goods. The obvious perk is consuming said treats, but I also love seeing others' reactions upon biting into something unexpected. "Oohh, what a good coo....OHHHh! Is that CANDY?! CARAMEL?! WHAT IS THAT?!!" The only thing better than pleasing a friend with a holiday cookie is double pleasing a friend with a holiday cookie.
This was my first attempt at a crinkle cookie and also my first time baking with black cocoa, which added a delicious touch of richness. If you are unable to find black cocoa, replace it with unsweetened cocoa. The cookies will still make you squeal, I promise.
Here is Day #7 of Twelve Days of Christmas Treats!
In a medium bowl, combine:
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup black cocoa (substitution: unsweetened cocoa)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
In a large bowl, combine:
10 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Using a hand-held mixer, mix on medium speed until smooth.
Gradually add the flour mixture and mix until just combined.
Using your hands, pat the batter into a giant ball and wrap it up in plastic wrap.
Refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours, or until completely chilled.
While your dough is chilling, unwrap 24 Rolos candies and set them aside.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
I turned around to find a gigantic chocolate tower that had been constructed by my youngest helper. Nice, Sammy!
Pour 1 cup of confectioners' sugar into a small bowl and set aside.
Remove the dough from the refrigerator. Scoop out a large spoonful of the dough and flatten it into a disc, using your fingers. Place a Rolo into the center of the disc.
Wrap the dough around it, forming a ball. Smooth out the creases in the dough as much as possible.
Roll the ball in the confectioners' sugar and coat completely. Do this twice!
Repeat this process with the remainder of the dough and place on the prepared baking sheets.
Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes.
Enjoy your weekend (and, um, these cookies)!