…and then there were 5 golden rings…but wait– we’re making cookies!

Day Five – okay it’s about time to start that holiday baking. So let’s start with an old favorite at our house – chocolate snowballs.

All I can say about these treasures is that it is a challenge to eat just one – but this year try I will.  I’m trying to keep those 20+ lb off that I lost this year.  I can’t totally deprive myself at this time of the year so I’m aiming for one cookie and one piece of my peppermint bark a day — well at least until Christmas Eve!

Enjoy the snowballs and stay tuned for the peppermint bark on Day 6…..

Chocolate Snowballs

Chocolate snowballs are a great Christmas treat - they melt in your mouth!Photo credit: Words Etc.

Chocolate snowballs are a great Christmas treat – they melt in your mouth!
Photo credit: Words Etc.

2 cups sifted all-purpose flour

1 tsp. baking powder

½ tsp. salt

¼ tsp. baking soda

1 ½ sticks butter

¾ cup firmly packed brown sugar

6 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder

2 tbsp. canola oil

1 egg

1 tsp. vanilla

¼ cup milk

Powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350◦. Mix together cocoa powder and canola oil; set aside.

Sift dry ingredients together.

Cream butter with brown sugar until light and fluffy in a medium-sized bowl; Beat in chocolate/oil mixture, egg, vanilla and milk.

Add dry ingredients at little at a time into the chocolate mixture, blending well after each addition to make stiff dough.

Chill overnight or until firm enough to handle.

Roll dough, a teaspoonful at a time, into marble-sized balls and place 2 inches apart on a parchment lined cookie sheet.

Bake for 8 minutes or until tops are crackled.

Remove carefully from cookie sheets; roll in 10X sugar while still hot.

Cool on wire racks. Roll again in 10X sugar to make a generous white coating.

Store in tightly sealed container when completely cooled.

Enjoy these gems with friends and family.  They are a great addition to cookie gift packages. Let me know if you try them or if you have a similar recipe!

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