Hello all! So here in Minnesota you never know what to expect when winter rolls around. Is it going to start out gradually? Are the flakes going to drift down lazily and create a serene wonderland? Or are you going to get dumped on? 😉
Last year winter wasn’t much of anything. It definitely wasn’t one of those years people tell their kids about, saying things about walking through knee-deep snow on the way to school. Nope. Sure, there was snow, but it was sporadic. For the most part it was just cold.
Personally I always think if it’s going to be that cold there might as well be snow on the ground. Otherwise it’s just cold and brown. There aren’t too many Christmas cards featuring backgrounds that are cold and brown, you know? 🙂
But this year looks like it might be different. Usually the first snow happens in late October and it’s just a little flake or two. Just enough to get you in the mood for hot cocoa. But not this year! There were no pretty little flakes around Halloween. Instead the snow waited, and waited. And then winter decided to leapfrog over Thanksgiving and come all at once.
Yesterday we were in a blizzard warning. Wind, snow. No gradual sticking your toe into the pool to get used to it. Nope, we got shoved in that pool! And you know what? Now I want everything Christmas. The tree, the big fat 1950s Christmas lights, that wonderful pine smell. While eating Thanksgiving dinner it’s going to feel like Christmas! Snow, snow everywhere!
So here’s something to make it feel even more like Christmas: it’s chocolate sugar cookies! Have you ever had them before? If sugar cookies give the warm, happy nostagias, these are probably right up your alley. They can be as thick or thin as you want them to be, depending on how much you press them down with a glass. Craving thick, soft cookies? Press them down VERY slightly. Craving thin, chewy cookies? Press them down like you would a normal sugar cookie and they’ll spread out. I like to do a mixture of the two because I just love to please ALL cookie lovers. 😛
Eating a few cookies and milk, watching the snow fall? What season is it? 😄
- ⅓ cup granulated sugar
- 1½ cups plus 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
- ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp baking powder
- 14 tbsp butter, melted then cooled for 5-10 minutes
- 1¾ cups packed dark brown sugar
- 1 tbsp vanilla
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Take a couple cookie sheets and line them with parchment paper, then set aside.
- Pour the sugar onto a plate, spread thin, and set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
- Place the melted and cooled butter in a large bowl. Add in the brown sugar, vanilla, and salt, stirring until well incorporated.
- Add in the egg and egg yolk, and beat until combined.
- Add in the flour mixture and stir until completely combined.
- Roll the dough into balls equally about 2 tbsp each. Roll in the granulated sugar on the plate, then place onto prepared baking sheets, leaving 2 inches between each cookies.
- Press down very slightly with the bottom of a glass, then sprinkle with a tiny bit more sugar.
- Bake for 12-14 minutes.