I am truly relishing every moment of holiday goodness this year. Having spent years attending to my customer’s every need and ensuring that their holidays went off without a snag, now it’s my turn…and I aim to make up for lost time! My one lament is that all that scurrying about in previous years actually resulted in a seasonal slim-down… I know, right? Contrary to the holiday 5-7 I can undoubtedly boast when this year is all said and done.
I made these delightful cookies for my cookie swap. They even garnered a “these look darling” comment from my hubby who is careful to reserve use of the “d” word for when he means it so it will retain it’s ability to make me giggle. Correct me if I’m wrong – but when a tall hairy guy with a baritone voice describes something as “darling”, it’s just funny! This recipe came from Bon Appetit in 2005, and I had just as much fun reading the 115 reviews and comments from readers as I did making them.
For the record – I do not understand those who proclaimed it too sweet, nor could I ever be friends with them. Is there such thing as too sweet? Consequently, I decided to ignore all the opinions and follow the recipe as written. So what have I learned along the way? Well, to flatten each cookie, you will want to choose the glass instead of using your hand – that is, unless you like the look of your knuckles across each cookie and/or wish to be identified by the FBI in a drive by “cookie-napping”.
Also, the glass will stick, so put a small piece of parchment between the glass and cookie as you press for easy release. I chose to use slightly less peppermint extract, I did not want it to overshadow the deep cocoa flavor, and lastly- I added just a titch of additional powdered sugar to the icing to give it extra body and reduced the cook-time for the cookies to 9 minutes so that as you bite down, the cookie yields rather than squishing icing from the sides.
I will make these again and again – they’re especially perfect for a mixed audience when you need both children and adults to enjoy. I am pretty sure I mentioned this, but just in case… I LOVE the holidays!! Recipe link