This is the time of the year when Christmas cookies abound, and chocolate Christmas cookies are one of my favorite little treats. These moist delicious cookies are everything chocolate cookies should be with a scrumptious chocolate glaze to boot.
Biting into one of these bad boys is like sinking your pearly whites into pure chocolate bliss. It cures that chocolate craving and satisfies the inner cookie monster at the same time. The soft chewy texture is melt-in-your-mouth yummy and slightly crispy in all the right places. These are the cookies chocolate dreams are made of!
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I absolutely love the simplicity of this chocolate Christmas cookies recipe. They come together so easily with just a few kitchen staples and an easy straightforward recipe. The best part is that they’re easily decorated but totally scrumptious just like they are. Here are even more reasons to love them.
- Totally yummy chocolate delight
- Christmas cookies worthy of year-round munching
- Really easy straightforward recipe
- No hard to find ingredients
- Decorating optional
Following this chocolate Christmas cookies recipe is incredibly simple and the results are Ah-ma-zing!! Here are a couple of simple tips to ensure the best of the best results.
First, you’ll want to make sure you mix the dry ingredients separately. This helps with ingredients dispersion and emulsification. It also means that you can do less mixing when you add the wet ingredients which inhibits gluten development. Less gluten equals softer melt-in-your-mouth cookies.
That said, when you add the dry ingredients to the wet, you’ll want to mix only until combined. Don’t overmix!
Also, be sure to leave plenty of space between cookies on the baking sheet. These little guys are gonna’ spread some and you don’t want them touching. Overcrowding prevents proper air circulation which can cause burning. Gotta’ keep these babies safe!
This chocolate Christmas cookies recipe is similar to a chocolate crinkle cookies no chill recipe, only it produces a richer moister chocolate cookie – and you get to ice it! You’ve probably already got everything you need in your kitchen cupboards. No hard to find ingredients in this recipe. Here’s what you need!
Flour – All-purpose flour works just fine for this chocolate Christmas cookies recipe but it’s important that the measurements are on. Don’t pack the measuring cup. To ensure an accurate measurement, a cup of flour should weigh approximately 125 grams (give or take 5 grams).
Chocolate – The decadent chocolate flavor in this recipe comes from a combination of cocoa powder and espresso powder. Blending these two items with vanilla extract and a sweetener gives these little Christmas cookies a deep chocolate flavor.
Butter – I use unsalted butter for this recipe. You’re going to melt it and let it cool which is very important to the texture of your cookies. Don’t skip this step!
Binder – This chocolate Christmas cookies recipe uses eggs for the binder. This helps hold the cookies together and keeps them suuper moist! Just make sure it’s a large egg and a large egg yolk.
Sweetener – Dark brown sugar gives these yummy cookies a deep sweet chocolate flavor. Believe me, you’re gonna’ love it! Just be sure to firmly pack the measuring cup this time.
Icing – You can decorate these little gems any way you want but the chocolate glaze really sets them off. It’s an easy combination of powdered sugar, cocoa, vanilla extract, and milk. Personally, I like to glaze and decorate them.
These yummy chocolate Christmas cookies store best in an airtight container. I like to put a piece of bread in the container to absorb excess moisture. It’s a good thing this chocolate Christmas cookies recipe makes 30 cookies or there may not be any to store!! These things are gooood!
Can You Freeze This?
Yep! You can make the batter ahead of time and freeze it until you’re ready to bake or you can freeze the baked cooled cookies. When I toss baked cookies into the frozen abyss, I like to vacuum seal them to ensure they’re every bit as moist when I thaw them out.
Make Ahead Tips
Prepping ahead can save tons of time with difficult recipes. Since this chocolate Christmas cookies recipe is so simple it’s not really necessary but there are a couple of things you can do.
Go ahead and combine the dry ingredients and keep them in a mason jar until baking day. You can do the same thing with the brown sugar vanilla and salt. Then you’ll only need to add the wet ingredients and mix just until combined on baking day.
How Long Can You Keep This?
These scrumptious little gems will be fresh and yummy for 2-3 weeks when stored properly. You can also keep them in the freezer for 6-12 months. Just be prepared for them to get gobbled up when you thaw them out.
Tweaking this chocolate Christmas cookies recipe is super simple but I’ve gotta’ tell you – they’re already finger lickin’ fantastic!! If you dream of chocolate, you can add some chocolate chips to the batter. You could also add some nuts for a little crunch.
For a crispier chewier cookie, just mix the batter a little more and develop the gluten (just kidding, not recommended).
Can I Add Chocolate Chips?
Adding chocolate chips to your chocolate Christmas cookies recipe will give you something like chocolate chocolate chip cookies. I’m a bit of a chocoholic so I’m okay with this. I also love making double chocolate chip cookies, but I typically do that in the springtime.
Can I Add Some Mint?
Turning these chocolate Christmas cookies into chocolate mint cookies is pretty easy. Chocolate peppermint cookies are wildly popular during the holidays. but I’d have to say that peppermint kiss cookies are one of my favs! There’s just something magical about all that chocolaty goodness tempered with peppermint.
Can I Dip These In Chocolate Instead?
Trying to dip these chocolate Christmas cookies maybe a little overboard and the melt-in-your-mouth texture could make them fall apart. If you’re ready for some flavorful chocolate dipping drama, try making some chocolate dipped shortbread cookies or chocolate dipped coconut macaroons instead. Those chocolate dipped macaroons are almost like eating a Mounds candy bar, only better!
What Other Desserts Can I Make With Chocolate?
These chocolate Christmas cookies have got to be one of the best chocolate dessert recipes for the holiday season. If you want a chocolate bonanza you can add chocolate macarons and no bake chocolate cookies to the repertoire. Chocolate crinkle cookies with butter are really good too. I mean, who doesn’t love chocolate crinkle cookies?
What Other Christmas Cookies Can I Bake?
Be careful! Making these chocolate Christmas cookies is likely to bring on Christmas cookie fever, leaving you hungry to bake and sample each incredible flavor. If that happens, just grab your German Christmas cookies recipe and your Italian fig cookies recipe and go to town! You may as well turn up the Christmas music and make some reindeer noses too. Get it all out of your system.
Chocolate Christmas Cookies
- 1 1/2 cups, plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon espresso powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 14 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 3/4 cups dark brown sugar, firmly packed
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 large egg plus 1 large yolk
- 1 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
- 3/8 cup cocoa
- 4-8 tablespoons milk
- 2 teaspoon vanilla
- sprinkles, colored sugar, jimmies
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment; set aside.
- In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, espresso powder, baking soda, and baking powder; set aside.
- Place butter in a large microwave-safe bowl and melt. Allow butter to cool.
- When butter is cool, whisk in brown sugar, vanilla, and salt until there are no lumps. Mix in egg and egg yolk. Mix in flour mixture just until combined. Do not over stir.
- Roll dough into 2 tablespoon balls. Place on prepared cookies sheet 2 inches apart. Do not flatten.
- Bake cookies 1 sheet at a time in the preheated oven, rotating sheet halfway through baking until cookies are slightly puffy and edges have begun to set, about 15 minutes. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes then carefully transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before glazing.
- In a medium mixing bowl sift together sugar and cocoa powder. Whisk in 4 tablespoons milk and vanilla until smooth. Add more milk, a little at a time to make a pourable glaze.
- Set wire rack over a rimmed baking sheet. Place cookies 1/2 inch apart on wire rack. Spoon glaze on top of cookies. Let cookies set on a rack until glaze firms.
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There are so many different Christmas cookies recipes you should never be without something to bake. I absolutely love these chocolate Christmas cookies but there are lots of other great recipes too. Here are some of my favorites for you to try!
- Cream Cheese Spritz Cookies – Moist, decadent and beautiful with just the right crumbly texture.
- Polar Bear Paws Candy – Sweet chewy caramel, crunchy peanuts, and creamy white chocolate.
- Biscoff Cookies – Delicate little butter cookies with all the holiday spices.
- Almond Shortbread Cookies – Crunchy crumbly cookie bliss that’ll leave you craving more.
- Danish Wedding Cookies – All that flavor and powdered sugar too!
These chocolate Christmas cookies are some of my all-time favorites but, honestly, I could eat them year-round. They’re so much better than anything I could buy and they’re just so darn easy to make. These little guys are a holiday staple in my kitchen.
When that sweet craving creeps up and I’m ready to bring my chocolate fantasies to life, this is the recipe I reach for. Believe me, you’re gonna’ love it!