Well, it was bound to happen one of these days.. I couldn’t go the entire Christmas season without baking any cookies. I mean honestly, it’s a quintessential holiday tradition.
A full tray of freshly baked cookies is as necessary to the month of December as Josh Groban crooning “O Holy Night” or stars being put on top of trees. And holiday cookies are certainly better than some other Christmas staples, such as oh-my-gosh-is-the-entire-world-at-the-mall parking (this is especially bad if, like me, you procrastinate on buying presents and have to do so at the last minute when everybody else within a 20 mile radius is shopping too).
Tis the season, after all.
These cookies are not made of gingerbread. There’s no peppermint to be found. And they certainly are not in the shape of snowflakes and reindeer (I have an aversion to rolling cookies, remember?). And yet, despite these characteristics, or lack thereof, they just seem perfect for this time of the year. I don’t know if it’s the chocolate kisses hidden inside, or the light dusting of powdered sugar that coats them, but they’re just begging to be brought to a holiday party or given as an end-of-the-year gift to friends.
Or kept all to yourself and eaten on your own.
It’s cool- they’re totally delicious enough for that not to be a Grinch move.
Oh, and the name “Chocolate Surprise Cloud Cookies”? First of all, they are so light and airy it’s like eating a cloud, and secondly, when I gave my sister one to eat, she was completely floored by discovering the chocolate hidden inside. I believe her words were, “I didn’t know you could make them even better!”
Ha ha… winning.
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Chocolate Surprise Cloud Cookies
adapted slightly from Chocolate Covered Katie
Makes about 12 cookies
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp plus 1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
3 Tbsp milk of choice
4 Tbsp coconut or vegetable oil
2 Tbsp applesauce
a bowl of powdered sugar for rolling
chocolate kisses (I recommend the dark chocolate kind)
In a mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients (except for the powdered sugar) and stir very well. In a separate bowl, combine all liquid ingredients and stir. Pour wet into dry and stir to form a cookie dough. Now roll into 22-26 mini cookie dough balls, then flatten each and place a chocolate kiss on only half of the flat discs. Place the other discs on top, cinch the sides, then roll into balls. Roll the balls in the bowl of powdered sugar, place on a baking tray, and chill for at least 30 minutes. (If you desire crispy cookies, you can skip this chilling step.) Preheat oven to 325, and cook 11 minutes- they’ll still look a little underdone, but that’s okay. Sprinkle with some more powdered sugar, if desired.