Halloween is not a good holiday at our house.
Mostly because Hubs and I have no self-control when it comes to candy. We’ve learned over the years to wait until the very last minute to buy our candy – and to buy a kind we typically wouldn’t eat (aka NO chocolate).
It usually works well, and this year was no exception.
But as I prepped to give out our candy, I realized I really missed the chocolate.
And, since I knew my four-year old would not be up for sharing this year, I needed to make something myself. I didn’t need a lot, just a bit to give me that traditional sweet I was hoping for.
So I started searching for chocolate cookie recipes that had the ingredients we had on hand – and I was lucky enough to find this one.
Chocolate Crinkle Cookies, adapted from Williams-Sonoma.com
8 T (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/4 c sugar
1/2 t vanilla extract
1 2/3 c all-purpose flour
1/2 c unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 t baking powder
1/4 t salt
1/2 c powdered sugar
Preheat an oven to 350°F. Generously grease 2 baking sheets with cooking spray or butter.
In a large bowl, using an electric mixer or stand mixer, beat the butter and sugar on medium speed until creamy, about 3 minutes. Add 1 egg and beat on medium speed until blended. Add the other egg and vanilla and beat until blended.
In another bowl, stir together the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Add the flour mixture to the wet one. Beat on low-speed just until blended.
Using a tablespoon, scoop up a rounded spoonful of dough. Roll the dough into a ball and then into a small bowl of powdered sugar until covered. Place the balls on the prepared baking sheet, spacing the balls about 2 inches apart.
Bake 10 to 12 minutes, or until the cookies are puffed and crackled. Let cool on wire rack.
When I was looking for a recipe, my only requirements were something with chocolate and something where we had all the ingredients. So, when I saw the ingredients list for this one, I knew I was set.
I did fail to notice that the recipe comes from a cookbook for kids. The first line of instructions gave it away, though: “Before you start, be sure an adult is nearby to help.” Hah! I about died.
But it didn’t stop me. (Oh, and yes, I adulted-up the recipe above for you all – as you probably don’t need reminders about using oven mitts or the right types of spatulas.)
The dough thickened up really fast, so be aware of that when you mix in the dry ingredients. (It was a really tasty dough, though, for those of us who enjoy dark chocolate. And yes, Geni, I did use the good cocoa powder this time.)
The taste, however, was absolutely perfect.
The dark chocolate-y cookie with a sprinkle of sweet powdered sugar was delicious. The texture was great, too – a little barely-crunch on the outside with a soft chewy inside. So good – and exactly what I was looking for to hit my chocolate spot.
And I can be proud to say that I did NOT mess up a kids recipe. Yay for me!
These were a perfect adult Halloween treat because I didn’t miss the candy at all.
Hope your Halloween was treat-filled, too!