The stockings were hung by the fire with care.
In hopes that cookies would soon be there.
Chocolate and peppermints, doodles and creams,
These were the things that filled our dreams.
There's no snow on the ground! Santa proclaimed,
As his merry eight reindeer for the roof they aimed.
I hope there are lots of cookies, for we are hungry as heck,
Shouted Rudolph as they landed on the snowless deck.
But inside the kitchen, powdered sugar fluttered through the air
As the oven let out a mighty eclair.
Could it be pie, could it be cake?
Make sure it has no GMOs, or it could be fake!
Sarah's tummy rumbled as she downed her seventh cookie,
Good thing Santa's coming with company, for he's no rookie!
Cookie cook cooker, all chocolatey and sweet
The warm glow spread from Santa's head to his feet.
A tall glass of Jersey cow milk Santa bade,
Would go very nicely with chocolate that is fair trade!
Enough, snapped the cookie!
I'm sweet, therefore I am!
Fine, snapped back Santa
Thinking it was a scam.
He sprang to his sleigh,
And let out a sigh.
Those cookies were great,
And now it's goodbye.
Brownie cookies (AKA chocolate crinkles)
Adapted from A Little Bit Crunchy, A Little Bit Rock and Roll (via Recipe Lion)
Makes 18-20 cookies
1 ½ cups chocolate chips, divided
3 large egg whites (from local, pastured hens)
2 ½ cups powdered sugar, divided
½ cup natural (unsweetened) cocoa powder
1 tbsp cornstarch (or try another starch like arrowroot)
¼ tsp sea salt
Preheat oven to 350F with rack in the center. Line two baking sheets with silicone mats or parchment.
Melt 1 cup of the chocolate chips in the microwave or in a double boiler (to make one, place a heatproof bowl over a pot of simmering water. Add chocolate chips and stir almost constantly until smooth and melted). When completely melted, remove from heat and let cool slightly at room temperature until needed. If the chocolate firms up too much, put back in microwave/ steamy pot.
Using a stand/ electric mixer, beat the egg whites in a very clean bowl (glass or metal only), until soft peaks form. Add 1 cup powdered sugar gradually with mixer on low. Scrape down sides as needed with a spatula and mix until well blended.
In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the cocoa powder, 1 cup powdered sugar, cornstarch, and sea salt. Add this mixture gradually to the egg white mixture with mixer on low. Then add in the melted chocolate, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Finally, add the remaining ½ cup chocolate chips to the mixture. Beat well until everything is fully incorporated. The dough will be pretty tough/ thick.
Place remaining ½ cup powdered sugar in a bowl. Using a cookie scoop, scoop balls of dough and roll them in the powdered sugar. Place about 2 inches apart on baking sheets.
Bake in preheated oven for 13-15 minutes, until firm and not too gooey. Cool on baking sheets 10 minutes before transferring to wire rack to cool completely.