Last Friday afternoon my daughter baked her first batch of cookies— chocolate crackle cookies! The recipe was quite simple to make and the results were delicious. We did leave them in the oven a bit too long, (on account of my inexperience with baking cookies) so they were a bit harder crispier than they should have been, but that didn't keep them from getting eaten up!
These would be a perfect little treat for kids to bake and give to friends on Purim! Wrap a few together in cellophane and tie with a ribbon, and place in your homemade gift boxes from recycled materials, like the oatmeal can packages we've made this year.
Ingredients: (we made a double batch, resulting in a nice amount of cookies......)
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 cup oil
- 1 teaspoon rum flavoring
- 2 cups flour
- 2 tsp baking powder (3/4 envelope, for Israelis)
- 3/4 cup cocoa
- powdered sugar
- Pre-heat oven to 200c, or 375F
- Combine eggs, sugar, oil and rum and whip for at least 5 minutes.
- Add flour, baking powder and mix for another 5 minutes.
- Add the cocoa and mix until dough forms. (can refrigerate at this point if desired)
- With damp hands, form small walnut sized balls of dough.
- Dip ball in powdered sugar, (or skip this step and sprinkle with powdered sugar after baking which is what we did, as you can see. Though effect of cracks in cookies is much better if you dip balls in powdered sugar, will try that next time!)
- Place on cookie sheet lined with baking paper.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes. Don't worry if not all the cookies crack, more important to watch the baking time!
Note: If using a mixer isn't kid friendly enough, try whipping the eggs and sugar together with a soup wand (a great kitchen tool for so many things!) or alternatively in a blender, which is what we did!
Enjoy! I can see that this is just the first of many more home baked goods on our horizon, now that my daughter is on the scene, and her little brothers are urging her on!