A homemade gift is the sweetest thing; it’s not fancy, but comes straight from the heart. If you are like me, you have many people in your life that you want to thank with a gift during the holiday season. Of course this is not feasible so this is the time of year to get creative.
In a season so threatened by commercialism, time in the kitchen cooking up sweets for everyone on your holiday list can be a balm to your sanity.
Any way you package it, the recipient of your gift will appreciate the time and effort you spent on making this holiday special for them, a handmade gift from the heart.
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 6 ounces (about 1 1/4 cup) semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 3/4 cup confectioners sugar, for dusting the dough balls
- In a large bowl, mix the melted butter with the cocoa powder and sugar until well combined.
- In a medium sized bowl, stir in the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
- Using a mixer beat the eggs and vanilla into the chocolate mixture. Slowly mix in the dry ingredients until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips. Cover and refrigerate the dough for at least 2 hours or overnight.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Roll the dough into balls about 1 inch in diameter.
- Pour the confectioners sugar into a shallow dish, like a pie pan, and roll each ball in the sugar.
- Place each ball about 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
- Bake for 12 minutes or until the cookies are set.
- Dust with a bit of additional sugar if you want to, after they have cooled.