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Easy chocolate cookies with sprinkles

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I love these easy chocolate cookies! They are really perfect for Christmas: so soft and colorful, and they taste wonderful! Am I talking in rhymes again? It happens when I get very excited about cookies! And these little treats are definitely worth your excitement! They keep very well in an air-tight for at least a week (that’s how long they lasted in my house): they don’t lose their shape, the sprinkles don’t come off, the texture remains amazing even after a week. I so recommend these cookies!

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I used a similar method in making these chocolate cookies as I did with the vanilla sugar cookies earlier. In fact, on this photo below, I am stacking three chocolate cookies on top of the three vanilla sugar cookies. I highly recommend you make both types of cookies (chocolate and vanilla sugar) at the same time for an easy yet impressive presentation:

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Since I was on a baking spree this week, I am going to tease you now and let you know that I also made some chocolate pecan cookies that were really yummy (recipe to follow soon) – you can see them stacked in between the sprinkled cookies:

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Keep in mind that this type of cookie dough needs to be very cold right before baking so that the cookies retain their nice puffed up shape and don’t spread out or flatten out. For that reason, make sure to freeze the cookie dough (already shaped as cookie balls) for at least 30 minutes immediately prior to baking – I talk in detail about it in the recipe instructions section below.

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Make these beauties during this holiday season and enjoy!

Easy chocolate Christmas cookies with sprinkles, how to make chocolate cookies, easy baking recipes, holiday baking, baking food blog

Easy chocolate cookies with sprinkles – Christmas cookies

Preparation and baking time: 40 minutes

Adapted from Martha Stewart.

Ingredients:

  • 2 and 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature (let the butter from refrigerator sit on the counter for about an hour or so), not melted but softened
  • 1 and 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 small eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • lots of sprinkles (a whole small container)

Makes about 40 cookies.

1) In a medium bowl, combine together flour, cocoa powder, and salt and mix.

2) In a separate bowl, using electric mixer, beat softened butter and granulated sugar on high speed until light in color and fluffy. Add in egg and vanilla – continue beating for a couple more minutes. Turn off the electric mixer, add flour-cocoa-salt mixture and then continue beating on low speed until well-combined but without over mixing.

3) Roll dough into 1-inch balls. Roll these cookie balls generously in sprinkles. Immediately arrange on parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing 2 inches apart and freeze until firm, for about 30 minutes.

4) Bake at 350 degrees for 14 minutes. Do not over-bake. Remove from the oven, and transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

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  • Jacqueline December 14, 2013, 4:53 am

    They lasted a week!!!! My goodness, they wouldn’t last that long in my house. Mind you I tend to remove temptation and take them into work to share. They are usually gone within half an hour as word get round.

    Why have I never thought of sprinkles on a cookie before? It’s now on my to-do list.

  • Kayle (The Cooking Actress) December 14, 2013, 10:11 am

    mmmmmmmm delicious and soft chocolate cookies? yessss!

    AND pretty pretty sprinkles too, yay!

  • Consuelo @ Honey & Figs December 14, 2013, 11:51 am

    Did they last a whole week at your house???? They would have be gone in mere seconds at mine ; ) They look delicious, and the sprinkles are lovely! x

  • sarah k @ the pajama chef December 14, 2013, 12:39 pm

    these look wonderful! my favorite cake has chocolate frosting and sprinkles, so i have no doubt that i’d love these chocolate cookies & sprinkles. yum!

  • Amy @ swiss miss in the kitchen December 15, 2013, 11:28 am

    ooohh… these look so pretty and festive Julia!! Love it :)
    xox Amy

  • Serena | Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch December 15, 2013, 12:39 pm

    I feel envious that your cookies last a week my little munchkins would have these devoured in less then a day! So pretty and delicious, sprinkles are my favorite<3

  • ela@GrayApron December 15, 2013, 12:43 pm

    I think I have to get some sprinkles! Delicious, fun cookies :) ela

  • John@Kitchen Riffs December 15, 2013, 1:06 pm

    Great cookies! We’re cookie mad at the moment, and always looking for new recipes. Thanks for this.

  • Anne ~ Uni Homemaker December 16, 2013, 2:25 am

    Yay, now there’s a chocolate version! So pretty and festive. I can snack on these all day. Lovely recipe Julia. :)

  • Rika December 17, 2013, 4:26 pm

    Your beautifully colorful chocolate cookies are inspiring me to make a vegan version! :) I would love to put more colors in my cookies ;)

  • Carrie January 19, 2014, 5:57 pm

    We made these the other day – delicious!!! Thank you!

    • Julia January 20, 2014, 2:34 pm

      So glad you liked them! :) Thanks for stopping by and letting me know.

  • Arica Saltzman March 12, 2014, 4:50 am

    I made these this week and they were a hit. I used 3/4 cup canola oil in place of the butter. I also had no room in my freezer so I refrigated them for an hour. Mine came out more ball like then disk like but delicious. Thanks!

    • Julia March 19, 2014, 3:29 pm

      Arica, so happy you liked these cookies! Good to know that canola oil works well as a substitute for the butter. Whenever cookies come out more ball-like or flatter like a disk it is almost always due to the amount of flour used. I sift and aerate my flour in every baking recipe which might mean that I used less flour than you did, which would explain why your cookies came out denser. They are good either way! :)

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