Chocolate Espresso Snowball Cookies!

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’tis the season…for Christmas cookie baking!!

First up, chocolate espresso snowballs!

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These are the perfect combo of slightly crisp on the outside, soft on the inside. The chocolate/coffee flavor really comes through, and the powdered sugar adds the perfect extra touch of sweetness.

I will say, they’re a little more labor intensive than some other cookies. You have to refrigerate the dough for about an hour before using it, then roll a tablespoon of dough at a time into a ball, roll in powdered sugar, and then bake ’em. But a little extra effort is totally worth it.  Extra special 🙂

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Trust me, try them. You’ll like them!

Recipe, here we go:

Chocolate Espresso Snowballs
Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

Ingredients:
1 stick butter, melted and cooled
1 1/3 cups lightly packed light brown sugar
2 eggs
8 ounces semi sweet chocolate, melted and slightly cooled
1 cup flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 Tablespoons + 2 teaspoons instant espresso powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons milk
Powdered sugar

Directions:
1) In a medium-sized bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, espresso powder, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
2) Whisk together the butter and brown sugar in a large bowl. Add in the eggs and melted chocolate, whisking until fully incorporated.
3) Switch to a rubber spatula. Fold the flour into the butter/chocolate mixer. Add in the milk and mix in with the spatula until everything is combined.
4) Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or foil. Place it in the fridge for about an hour, until the dough is slightly firm and less sticky.
5) Preheat the oven 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
6) When the dough is handle-able, roll about 1 tablespoon-worth at a time into a round ball. Then roll in powdered sugar. Place on the baking sheet, leave about an inch between each cookie. They’ll spread out a bit.
7) Bake for about 10 minutes, or until the tops slightly crack. Cool the cookies on the baking sheet for about 3 minutes. Then, use a spatula to put the cookies onto a wire cooling rack.
8) Cool the cookies completely. As always, I recommend trying one warm!

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!

Want to make even more cookies?!

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There are more recipes coming soon!!

What’s your favorite thing about the holidays?? 🙂

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