Christmas Morning, Scary Friends and Chocolate Sprinkle Thumbprint Cookies

I am of the strong opinion that humans invented festivals so that we can cook and eat ourselves to death. Christmas morning was spent baking chocolate sprinkles thumbprint cookies.

Chocolate Sprinkle Thumbprint Cookies
Chocolate Sprinkle Thumbprint Cookies

Lessons Learnt:

  • Replacing cocoa powder with nutella does not work
  • Substituting powdered sugar with granulated sugar leads to a gritty icing no matter how much you mix it
  • If you have a tiny oven, do not sign up for a recipe which makes two to three dozen cookies. If you stuff the oven, the cookies burn. And if you bake them six at a time, they take the whole day
  • White chocolate chips burn if you replace chocolate sprinkles with them
  • The only way to get rid of the chocolate icing smell is to take a shower
  • Putting your hand into the hot oven to make indents on the cookies, leads to burns. The first time you do is foolish. The second time you do so, proves you don’t have a brain
  • Basically, I suck at figuring replacements that work, I don’t have a brain and I should not sign up for a marathon baking session when I can lie in bed instead

This baking was as a promise to a next-door-friend. She baked such gorgeous gingerbread the other day that I insisted on having some. And no, I don’t snoop at the neighbors. But the smell of that baking! It wafted down and inspired insistence. She has promise the recipe, people, so watch this space. But given the rather suspect nature of the cookies, I feel like a heel gifting her some.

This other set of friends have invited us a whole set of us to their place today evening for their annual celebrations. Last year, the chocolate crinkle cookies, were less painful to make and made a great gift. This year, am not so sure. Remind me to blog about those cookies. They deserve a post all to themselves.

Instead, these rather pretty but dodgy tasting cookies shall be fed to friends who got us this fridge magnet (see the photograph!) and a gorgeous set of blue-yellow-red mushrooms. Not the eating variety, but the ones of garden accessories nature. The mushrooms are brightening up the garden and the magnet proves baking at gun point can be difficult 🙂

When neighbors become good friends
When neighbors become good friends

If you still want to bake these cookies (recipe courtesy the Brown Eyed Baker)

  • Heat oven to 180 c and line cookie sheets with parchment
  • Mix 2 ½ cups (about 315 gm) of AP flour and ½ tsp salt in a bowl. Beat 1 cup (256 gm) butter with 1 cup icing sugar and 2 tsp vanilla. Beat at high speed, for about 3 minutes, till light. Reduce speed and gradually add the flour-salt. Mix on high again for a minute, for the dough to form
  • Meanwhile, pour chocolate sprinkles into a bowl. Pinch off 1 tbsp portions of cookie dough and form into a ball. Roll the ball in sprinkles and form an indent in the middle with the back of a measuring spoon (use the smaller one). These don’t spread a whole lot, so you can lay them out about a couple of inches apart
  • Bake in the oven for about 18-20 minutes, taking them out mid-way to redo the indent
  • Cool the cookies and ice. For the icing, beat 4 tbsp (56 gm) butter. Add 1 ½ cup powdered sugar, 1/3 cup cocoa powder and beat. Add 4 tbsp whole milk, and ½ tsp vanilla. Since I added a dollop of Nutella, I reduced the sugar and left out the vanilla
  • Pipe the icing on (the fun part) and look for people to force-feed the cookies to

Next time, I am NOT going to listen to the voices that tell me to bake cookies. Even at gun point.

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