Even though the kids and I are home for Christmas break, I'm still working hard in my kitchen baking cookies. I have a care package to ship out this week. And, what package would be complete without a tin full of cookies and treat? These cookies are my first foray into the world of the crackle cookie. Do you remember when I said that I keep brownie mixes on hand because I never know when I'll need one? Well, when I read this recipe and saw that it was made from a brownie mix, I knew that I had to try it. I think these cookies are even better than brownies. They're soft and chewy and oh so rich. This recipe is from Taste of Home's Best Loved Cookies and Bars, copyright 2009.
1 package fudge brownie mix (13"x9" pan size)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup canola oil
1 cup (6 oz.) semisweet chocolate chips
In a large bowl, beat the brownie mix, flour, egg, water and oil until well blended. Stir in chocolate chips. Place confectioners' sugar in a shallow dish. Drop dough by tablespoonfuls into the sugar; roll to coat. Place the cookies 2 in. apart on greased baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until set. Remove from pan to wire racks to cool. Yields 4-1/2 dozen.
Place the brownie mix in a large bowl.
Add one cup of all-purpose flour.
Next comes the liquid ingredients: one egg, water, and oil.
Using the mixer, beat until smooth. The batter will be thick.
And, to make things even richer, add a cup of chocolate chips.
Stir the chips into the batter.
Pour some confectioners' or powdered sugar in a small bowl. I used about one cup.
To make this process cleaner, I used a large dinner spoon to scoop out the batter. Then, I used a small spatula to scrape the batter from the spoon. This way my hands only had to touch the sugar, not the batter.
Roll the dough in powdered sugar. I kept a damp paper towel beside me to clean my fingers while getting the next scoop of dough ready. P.S. Do not wear a black sweater while doing this. Trust me!
I placed the dough on parchment-lined cookie sheets. I baked for ten minutes. Apparently, I was more generous than I should have been. I only ended up with a little over three dozen cookies.
I ate these warm out of the oven. They were so good that I almost cried. I think that Santa will be pleased.