Chocolate Cookies with Sprinkles and Snow Days !
We are having some snow days..actually three in a row now. The poor condition of the secondary roads means this figure might still extend.Though I appreciate the break from the normal routine but poor weather also means that we all are stuck at home and the kids are suffering from cabin fever. How do I treat that ? Well , baking of course ! Nothing like a colorful and chocolaty bake to pique the kids interest and keep them engrossed .
With that in mind, set about to bake some chocolate cookies . Nothing like good ole comfort food to cheer you up especially when the weather is gloomy . And , when the comfort food has a pop of color as well , the end result is simply divine. Rainbow Sprinkles did indeed brighten the bake and the kids spent some merry time rolling the dough balls and then sprinkling them on top.
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup butter
12 oz semisweet baking chocolate
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup caster sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp cocoa powder
We will be melting the chocolate first . The method I am using is called the double boiler method. You place a glass bowl on top of pot of boiling water making sure the glass bowl does not touch the water underneath . You may melt the chocolate in the microwave too. Remember to stir it after every 1 minute if doing it in the microwave
Using the double boiler method pictured above , melt 12 oz of chocolate and keep it aside for cooling.
In a separate bowl. cream the butter and both sugars(brown and caster) . You don't need to use a hand mixer ...a wooden spatula would do just fine.
Now, add the melted chocolate to the creamy mixture and stir it together. The warmth of the chocolate will aid in the melting of the brown sugar too.
Follow this with the egg. Give it a good stirring with the wooden spatula !
Flour, vanilla extract and baking soda need to be added next . Gently mix them in.
Lastly , we add the cocoa powder and stir it all together to form a dough like consistency.
Cover the mixture and keep it in the refrigerator for half an hour. This will aid in the dough ball formation later.
After about 20 minutes , preheat the oven to 350 degrees F . Ten minutes later , take the dough out of the refrigerator and make smalls balls out of it. Press some rainbow sprinkles on the top and keep it in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes.
Cool on a wire rack and enjoy !