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These are delicious cookies perfect for the Christmas holiday. They are a bit tricky to make for the little ones, but older kids who are helping to make the Christmas cookies will enjoy these and do well when making them.

As Christmas cookies go, these are rather rich, and have some bitter chocolate that makes them a delight with any type of accompaniment from coffee to milk. Crispy edges and a soft moist interior make them just about perfect for anyone, but particularly for the confirmed chocoholic in your life.

I tend to like cookies that are not too sweet, that can stand up to a cup of espresso and still have some flavor, and these fill the bill quite nicely.

I package them up at holiday time and pass them along as edible gifts for my neighbors during the Christmas season.

To make these cookies

7 ounces semi sweet chocolate chopped or nestles choc chips

1/2 cup unsalted butter

1/2 cup of granulated sugar

3 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

2 cups sifted all purpose flour

1/3 cup cocoa

1/2 tsp baking powder

pinch of salt

1 and 1/2 cups confectioners sugar for coating.

Over low heat, melt the chocolate and butter until smooth and creamy.

Remove it from heat, stir in the sugar and continue stirring for 3 minutes til the sugar dissolves completely, then add the eggs, one at a time, beatnig them well until they are completely mixed in. Stir in the vanilla.

In a large bowl sift together flour, cocoa and baking powder and salt.

Gradually stir in the chocolate mixture in stages til it is just barely blended.

Cover dough and refrigerate one hour til cold, and it holds its shape.

Preheat your oven to 325 and grease two baking sheets, place confectioners sugar in a deep bowl.

Using a small scoop, scoop the dough into small balls, rolling each quickly into about one inch balls of dough.

Drop each ball of raw dough into the confectioners sugar to coat it completely and tap it against the side of the bowl to remove excess sugar.

Bake on cookie sheets about 2 inches apart

Bake for ten minutes til they feel slightly firm when you touch them, and then remove to a wire rack to cool.


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