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Just wanted to give you an update and thank you for all the prayers and comments and texts while Bob and I are home recovering from Covid. It is a very tough virus to deal with and we hope you all stay safe and stay well.
You are all our extended family and your care and concern and love have pulled us through the past few weeks.
We no longer have fevers and the aches aren’t as bad as they have been, but we still have no sense of taste and smell and the fatigue doesn’t look as if it’s leaving any time soon. But we are grateful not to be in the hospital and we are feeling blessed that we are home recovering together.
While I have been home, I have started a menu for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day a hundred times and just can’t decide what I will eliminate this year since it will be the two of us and I don’t have that much strength to cook an elaborate meal.
And then my mind went from the Feast of the Seven Fishes fish dinner for Christmas Eve to my favorite part of any meal…. dessert.
I have been going through my cookie recipes and trying to decide this years selections. A few years back, you might remember some of my recipes were featured in the Holiday issue of The List Magazine Long Island.
I wanted to share with you my favorite cookie recipes and maybe it will give you a few new ideas for your dessert table this year. I hope you enjoy them and let me know what you think.
I will be posting a different cookie recipe each day, so come back to check out what’s baking……
Let’s get started.
The ever popular Chocolate Crinkle. I think that this cookie is on everyone’s holiday tray. It’s one of my son’s favorites and I have been baking this for years.
It’s a year round favorite with a deep cocoa flavor- delicious.
Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
5 ounces UNSWEETENED chocolate, broken into pieces
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
¼ tsp salt
4 large eggs
2 cups granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
- Melt chocolate and butter together in the top of a double boiler over simmering water or in a microwave until about ¾ melted. Remove from the heat and stir until completely melted and smooth,
- Meanwhile, stir together (or sift) flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl
- In a large bowl with an electric mixer on hand, beat eggs, granulated sugar and vanilla extract until creamy, about 2 minutes. Whisk chocolate –butter mixture until smooth, and beat into egg mixture until smooth. Add about 1/3 of flour mixture and mix on low. Gradually add remaining flour, mixing just until blended. Dough may be thin; that’s OK because it will firm up upon cooling. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm enough to roll into balls, at least 6 hours or overnight.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line the cookie sheets with parchment paper. Sift some confectioners’ sugar into a wide shallow bowl. Roll dough between your palms into 1-inch balls, and then roll in confectioners’ sugar. Place balls 1-inch apart on cookie sheets.
- Bake until puffed and crackled in appearance, and surface is dry to the touch, about 12 minutes; centers will still feel somewhat soft. Slide parchment paper onto racks to cool cookies completely. Makes 80 cookies.
- Store at room temperature in airtight containers
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Glad you are both on the med. Take it easy and have it catered or order from a restaurant. Don’t knock yourself out. Make a dessert or a batch of cookies and relax. Take good care. xo
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Thank you, Barbara, I am definitely taking it easy this year. I am making linguine with crab sauce and a little bit of fish for Christmas eve and I don’t know about Christmas (I slept through Thanksgiving with Covid). A few easy cookies and I am done. That’s why I am posting the cookies one by one because I won’t be able to do what I normally do this year. Stay well and have a blessed and healthy holiday.
Diane, This has been a trying year for so many of us,with COVID-19 and how has changed our everyday life. In past years I have baked and gifted to friends and neighbors, but don’t feel comfortable doing so this year. You and Bob certainly have survived a very trying year, to say the least. Keep it simple and just enjoy your together time. Wishing both of you a blessed Christmas. May God Bless you both with Good Health.
With warmest regards,
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Thank you Ellie, I wish the same for you, Mike and family. I am only baking a few cookies for us this year it will be just me and Bob. I want to keep some of the tradition going. We were so sick for Thanksgiving, I missed so much. Wishing you many blessings in 2021.
I am glad to hear that you and Bob are coming along and have been able to do so at home together. Your idea of taking it easy with cooking is still probably more than many people’s ideas of taking it easy. Do only what you feel up to doing this year. I think that I would like to try this recipe for the Chocolate Crinkle Cookies, as I can see them as being a potential favorite with my family. Rest up! Love, Cathy xoxo
Thank you Cathy, we have been very fortunate that we stayed out of the hospital recovering from Covid at home. It has knocked us both for a loop, but we are grateful because things could have been worse. Please try the cookies, they definitely will become a family favorite, These were Michael’s favorite and I made them year round. I still have to include them on a cookie tray and he is 30 years old. Stay well….LOve you
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