Chocolate crinkle cookies are soft chocolate cookies that are rolled into powdered sugar before baking, creating tiny “crinkles” in them. They make a great addition to any holiday cookie platter. This easy cookie recipe makes the perfect homemade holiday food gift idea, too.
The recipe for these chocolate crinkle cookies was originally published in the Greenwood Daily Journal on Saturday December 3, 2011
A homemade gift is the sweetest thing. Not fancy, just straight from the heart. If you are like me, you have many, many people in your life that you want to thank with a gift during the holiday season. Of course this is not feasible, so this is the time of year to get creative.
That doesn’t mean you have to take out a small loan or flex your inner Martha, but maybe take a few minutes to jot down a list of all of the important people in your life that you want to remember. From your children’s teachers, coaches or babysitter to your hairstylist you can definitely give them a little something without breaking the bank.
In a season so threatened by commercialism, time in the kitchen cooking up sweets like chocolate crinkle cookies for everyone on your holiday list can be a balm to your sanity. It absolutely is for me. I am by no means a baker or pastry chef, but I do enjoy making different cookie recipes after the boys go to bed. Then I wrap the unbaked dough into logs and freeze for baking later. I find that this cuts down on the last minute hassle of getting something prepared for a family get together or office party.
Holiday Food Gift Ideas, including Chocolate Crinkle Cookies!
Holiday food gifts have so many possibilities! Your budget, who you are giving it to, and what you are making all factor into the decision of what to make. One idea for the Italian food lover is a small basket filled with gourmet pasta, some homemade pasta sauce, a fresh baguette, and a bottle of red wine. I gave this last year to a family friend who had just moved into a new house during the holidays and they loved it.
A small cookie sheet with a box of freshly baked chocolate crinkle cookies and the recipe printed onto a recipe card is a great gift for a family. Edible treats are perfect gifts for the people who are hard to buy for. Homemade cookies don’t cost a lot of money to make, so this idea is great for anyone with a small budget for gifts.
The recipe for the chocolate crinkle cookies is at the bottom of this post.
For a cocoa lover, you can make a batch of hot chocolate mix, put it in a decorative container, and add a festive teaspoon along with the recipe for the recipient. My favorite one is 1 2/3 cups nonfat dry milk powder, 1 cup confectioners sugar, 1/3 cup cocoa, 1/2 tsp salt. Combine this in the container and it is ready to go. Add a label to the lid with the directions (4 teaspoons in 6 ounces of hot water) to making the perfect cup of hot cocoa and the gift is ready.
Another easy Christmas treat to make and give are sugarplums. This no-bake treat is full of apricots, raisins and nuts. You can whip these up in minutes and they are so easy to make, even your kids can get in on the action. In a food processor, add 3/4 cups raisins, 3/4 cup dried apricots, 3/4 cups dates, 3/4 cups walnuts, 1 cup almonds and 1/4 cup orange juice. Pulse until combined and everything is sticking together. Roll this into 1 inch balls and roll each ball in sugar. Place each ball in a paper cupcake liner and store in an airtight container. Your friends will definitely have visions of these sugarplum treats dancing in their heads!
Surprise co-workers with a tray of cookies or sweets instead of feeling obligated to buy each of them a separate gift and spend money you may not have to spend. I know that being the recipient of a homemade gift shows me that someone cared enough for me to take the time to make it. A few cookies, a square of fudge or some roasted nuts are enough to make anyone feel special. Put it in a cellophane bag tied with a festive ribbon and you have yourself a gift!
Holiday Food Gift Ideas that Ship Well
This is also a popular time of year to send care packages to children in college, family who live out of town, and service men and women overseas. Send season’s greetings across the miles with a box of homemade cookies. When my brother was serving overseas and could not be with us for the holidays, he appreciated all of the care packages he received from our family and friends. When choosing what type of cookie to send, stick with sturdy ones that don’t require refrigeration. Good travelers include, giant M&M cookies, molasses cookies and chocolate crinkle cookies. Wrap the cooled cookies in plastic wrap to keep them fresh, then box them up with festive tissue paper. Use packing peanuts or bulk unpopped popcorn kernels to prevent breakage. Make sure to send sweets and other perishable items first class.
So when you are looking for a holiday treat to make and ship, chocolate crinkle cookies really satisfy a chocolate craving.
Rich with chocolate chips, these brownie-like cookies look elegant, taste scrumptious and travel well. And while you are at it, tuck a copy of the recipe along for the ride. Once the cookies disappear, your gift will keep on giving. Ask your child to copy the ingredient list and directions in their best handwriting on a small piece of card stock and you have just given someone a keepsake to treasure.
Any way you package it, the recipient of your gift will appreciate the time and effort you spent on making this holiday special for them, a handmade gift from the heart.
I hope you enjoy this chocolate crinkle cookies recipe!