Earlier this summer we gained new neighbors, but our street’s pretty quiet and my family and I hadn’t had a chance to meet the new kids on the block until this past week. Luckily for this family, I’m a baker and every time anyone new moves in nearby, they’re greeted with some kind of fresh pastry delivered to their doorstep.
These neighbors really lucked out with these chocolate crinkle cookies. They’re similar to brownie cookies, with their slightly crunchy exterior and soft and fudgy center, but they’ve also got a coating of powdered sugar baked into them. This amazing concoction is adapted from a recipe from the book Cookie Love.
Though the book is based on one of the most basic things you can bake, cookies are also one of the most versatile and adaptable pastries out there. They can be as simple as a three-ingredient shortbread, or as complex as Cookie Love’s cover photo of spiced double-chocolate cookies (and even more complex if you decide to make the marshmallows from scratch).
Cookie Love captures the versatility of this pastry in a beautifully photographed book. Whether you want citrus shortbread with your morning tea, some homemade Milanos for a post-lunch treat, or minty Black Sabbath sandwich cookies for dessert, this book has something that you’re sure to enjoy! What I really like about this book is how adventurous the author, Mindy Segal, is with her recipes. Although there are some classics, like chocolate chip cookies and coconut macaroons, most of the recipes are for cookies that I’ve never tried before, or else they’re classic recipes with twists (like layering brownies and rice krispy treats to create “barter brownies”).
These cookies aren’t “regular” or “typical”; they’re elegant and classy. They’re not so much things you’d bake for a kid’s birthday party, but more for an adult gathering. Red wine and ginger and fig preserves are ingredients used for these cookies, and they create unique flavors. Still, there are simpler recipes like butter cookies or snickerdoodles, so even those picky about their sweets will have something to choose.
If you’re looking to better your cookie repertoire, this is definitely the book for you! You can order your copy and, in the meantime, try out this amazing Chocolate Crinkle Cookies recipe!
Disclaimer: This book was received from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.
- 4 oz dark chocolate
- 4 eggs, room temperature
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup powdered sugar, to top
- In the bowl of a double boiler, melt the dark chocolate. Transfer the chocolate to a larger bowl and whisk in the eggs, one at a time. Add the vanilla, oil, and sugar. Whisk until thoroughly combined.
- In a smaller bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Add these dry ingredients to the chocolate mixture. Mix until combined. Chill in the fridge for about an hour or overnight.
- Preheat oven to 350ºF. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the powdered sugar in a bowl. Scoop cookies by the tablespoon into the powdered sugar. Using a spoon, turn the dough around in the sugar to fully coat it. Transfer it to the baking sheet. These cookies spread, so leave about 2 inches between each cookie. Bake for 12-14 minutes, turning the tray halfway through cooking. Cookies are done when they have risen and appear set.