I’m joining The Novel Bakers
for a little Nigella Christmas.
Christmas Chocolate Cookies
are a version of a chocolate shortbread~
easy to whip up,
or in Nigella-speak, a “doddle” to make :)
❄ 2 1/4 sticks (18 tablespoons) soft butter
❄ 3/4 cup sugar
❄ 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
❄ 2 cups all-purpose flour
❄ 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
❄ 1 teaspoon baking powder
Festive Topping Ingredients
❄ 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
❄ 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
❄ 1/4 cup boiling water
❄ 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
❄ candy sprinkles/nonpareils
❄ Preheat oven to 350°F & line a cookie sheet with parchment.
❄ Cream butter and sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Sift 1/3 cup cocoa powder into the mixture and beat well. Sift together flour, baking soda and baking powder, and add to mixture. Or just put everything in a food processor and “blitz” :) if you prefer.
❄ Form 1 tablespoon sized balls. Place on cookie sheet at least 2″ apart, pressing down into fat discs.
❄ Bake 15 minutes. The tops will develop a cracked appearance. Cool 15 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack until completely cooled.
❄ For the topping, combine cocoa powder with confectioners’ sugar, boiling water and vanilla in a small saucepan. Heat over low heat and whisk until smooth. Cool 10 minutes.
❄ Drizzle 1 tablespoon of glaze on each cookie, spreading lightly with the back of the spoon, then sprinkle with nonpareils. Work with 6 cookies at a time so the glaze doesn’t dry out before applying the sprinkles.
❄ Makes approx. 24 cookies ❄
You can find a printable recipe, here.
Use Nigella’s chocolate shortbread cookies
as a base to build
I built these snowmen last December, using Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa instead of regular cocoa, but use whatever kind you like. Fun to make but they take a little time and practice cutting the REESE’S Peanut Butter Cups Miniature hats.
Click on the link above for the details.
Or as a reader suggested in a comment, use seasonal Reese’s Peanut Butter Bells if you can find them, since they’re already hat shaped and require less cutting.
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