If fudgy, chocolate cookies are your thing, then you’re going to love Day 8 of the Simply Sophisticated Cooking’s 13-Day Holiday Challenge homemade food gifts.
It’s all about Dark Chocolate, Orange and Almond Cookies.
The texture of these cookies is like a mixture of fudge and brownie infused with orange and almond flavor.
And they are worth every bit of the powdered sugar that falls on your clothes while eating them.
Everyone who gets a taste of these cookies will beg you for more because they are so addictive.
Directions for Making Your Dark Chocolate, Orange and Almond Cookies Food Gift Kit
Making up your Dark Chocolate, Orange and Almond Cookies gift mixes is easy but a little more complicated than some of the other kits.
Measure and mix your choice of flour, gluten-free, whole wheat or all-purpose, with the cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Place in a container.
If using giveaway plastic containers with lids, you can mix the chocolate chips, olive oil and Nutella together to include in your kit. Or include a bag of measured chips and a small container of Nutella separately, leaving your gift recipient to add the oil.
Measure and mix the granulated sugar and brown sugar together in another container.
Include a small bottle of almond extract and Cointreau, if including.
Finally, measure and bag up the cup of confectioner’s sugar in its own container.
And that is your homemade gift kit.
Don’t forget to make a batch or two of these for yourself or your family or coworkers.
And do remember that these Dark Chocolate, Orange and Almond Crinkle Cookies are a little akin to crack. They are very addictive in a good way.
Dark Chocolate, Orange and Almond Crinkle Cookies
Deep dark chocolatey brownie textured cookies with heavy hints of orange and almond rolled powdered sugar make pure addictive chocolate heaven. Tasty in whole wheat, gluten-free or regular white flour.
Mix together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in a large bowl and set aside until needed.
Place the dark chocolate chips, butter and Nutella in a medium-sized microwave-proof bowl and place in the microwave. Heat on intervals of 20 seconds, stopping to stir the mixture and continuing until all the chips are melted. Set aside.
Using a mixer, beat the eggs and sugar until creamy, about 3-4 minutes. Add the almond extract, orange zest and orange juice or Cointreau, mixing well.
Gently fold the chocolate mixture into the egg mix, followed by the flour mixture. Mixing just until no dry ingredients remain. Do not overmix.
Cook the bowl with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for at least an hour or until the mixture hardens to a fudge like texture.
Place the confectioner’s sugar in a small flat bowl.
Preheat oven to 350 ° F. Line two large cookie sheets with parchment paper.
Spoon tablespoon portions of the dough into the confectioner’s sugar, rolling the dough into sugar coated balls. Place the balls about 2 inches apart on the prepared cookie sheets.
Bake in the oven for 10 minutes or until cookies have slightly flattened out. 10 minutes gives you a cookie with a brownie-like texture, for crisper cookies, leave in the oven 2 to 3 minutes more.
Cool the cookies on the cookie sheets for several minutes before removing to a wire rack to finish cooling.
Enjoy and remember to share because it is easy to be tempted to keep these for yourself.
More holiday cookie ideas for homemade food gift kits:
Lemon and Olive Oil Shortbread Cookies
Gluten-Free White Chocolate, Pistachio and Dried Cherry Cookies
Gluten-Free or Regular Flour Ginger Cookies
Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Cookies