In an attempt to figure out what types of cookies I’ll be baking for the holidays, I did a test run of two recipes yesterday.
– Chocolate crinkle cookies — Let me first say that these are a pain in the ass to make by hand. You have to beat the eggs and sugar until they are “thick, pale, and fluffy,” until the eggs fall back into the bowl in slow ribbons. While this might be fine with an electric mixer, doing it by hand is tiring! I melted the chocolate and butter in the microwave, using regular chocolate chippits, and that turned out fine. However, these cookies also needed to be refrigerated overnight, which added to the complication factor if I were planning on baking them for the holidays. As a final puzzle, I had a hard time telling when they were done. I cooked one dozen for 7 1/2 minutes and another for 9 1/2 minutes, and both seemed identical when we were eating them afterwards, maybe a touch underdone even at the 9 1/2 mark.
In the end, they were very soft and chewy, which is how I like my cookies. I thought they were very tasty, the sort of thing I might make if I had company coming over for a game or something, but they’re too finicky for holiday baking.
– Snickerdoodles — A good friend of mine used to have a stellar snickerdoodle recipe, but sadly she can’t find it right now. I was pleased to note that this recipes uses baking powder instead of cream of tartar (which I’ve seen listed as an ingredient in many snickerdoodle recipes — seriously, who stocks cream of tartar in their pantry?!). It was a straightforward recipe, quite easy, and I was easily able to tell when they were done. (About 8 minutes in my oven.) I find it much easier to tell when light-colored cookies are done, because you can see the browning on the edges. For dark-colored cookies, I have no idea.
When I presented these at the game, they were the winner compared to the chocolate crinkles. So… easier and tastier? We have a winner! I only worry that they might be too similar to the spritz and chocolate chip cookies I’m already including in my holiday baskets, but what the heck. More cookies is never a bad thing.