What’s your favorite Christmas cookie? These are my favorite because when I was a kid, every year for Christmas my aunt would give these cookies to my family. I was amazed by them and couldn’t get enough of them. I always wanted to make them but never thought to ask her for the recipe. In college, I found a similar recipe to these but using a cake mix. I was really excited about it but it did not even turn out half as good as the ones my aunt made. And then last year my friend Emily posted these cookies on her blog, One Lovely Life, and I knew I had found what I had been looking for!
I was so excited to make them. When they came out looking perfect and tasting like heaven I was so happy! I made some for our neighbors last year and so many people loved it and wanted the recipe. I think these are a great cookie to share with friends and family.
Here are a few tips to remember. When you roll the cookies in powdered sugar don’t be shy. I think the more powdered sugar the better plus it makes it look beautiful. Also, don’t overcook them. They are supposed to be soft in the middle. I found that when I cook it for 8 minutes it’s perfect. Just let them sit for a few minutes them take them off to cool. Everyone will love them and love you for sharing!
- ¾ cup cocoa powder
- ¾ cup oil (vegetable or canola)
- 2 cups sugar
- 4 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 2⅓ cups flour
- 1 cup powdered sugar (for rolling)
- Mix cocoa powder, oil, and sugar until it’s about the texture of wet sand. Stir in one egg at a time, making sure to incorporate each egg. Stir in vanilla, salt, and baking powder. Sift in flour and stir to combine.
- Refrigerate 2-3 hours or overnight. Form into 2″ balls. Roll each in powdered sugar to coat well. Place on a cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray, lined with parchment or a silicone baking mat.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.
- Cookies will still look slightly doughy but don’t over bake them! Leave them on the warm pan 1-2 minutes and the heat will continue to set the cookies. When cookies are set enough to move, transfer to a cooling rack.