Teresa’s Bake Shop – Christmas Cookie edition – 2012
My house was filled with the essence of Ghirardelli’s chocolates this afternoon as a result of making these spectacular cookies. Each bite of this decadent cookie is filled with bits and shavings of Ghirardelli’s chocolate baking bars and rainbow sprinkle jimmies. Oh, my! These cookies are simply wonderful. We have included this great looking and great tasting cookie in our Christmas Cookie Extravaganza this year. It is one of the 20-30 cookies I will be baking over the next month. Yee haw! I love baking Christmas cookies.
I have Erin and Natalie, two sisters at Richmond Treats and Kansas City Eats to thank for this marvelous cookie. It was a picture of their delicious looking cookie that I saw online a week or so ago that made me decide to include this marvelous cookie in my Christmas baking this year. They adapted a Chocolate Sprinkles Cookie recipe from Bake or Break.
I made a few changes to the recipe. We prefer mounded, plump cookies rather than ones that spread too much in the pan and are thin wafer-like shapes. So I added a little flour since the ratio of flour to sugar is almost equal in the original recipe rather than the flour being 2:1 or at least a one and a half times more than the sugar. The result was decidedly better in appearance and more to our liking. Wafer-thin type cookies don’t hold up well with all the packing and shipping we do with our Christmas cookies so this small addition works a lot better for us. I also decreased the amount of Ghirardelli’s chocolates bars from 8-oz. (two baking bars) to one 4-oz. baking bar per batch. This was an adaptation from the original recipe that Erin and Natalie made in their version. I feel 4-oz. was plenty of chocolate for the recipe.
Look at all the chocolate and rainbow sprinkles in these mouthwatering cookies. They are loaded!
These cookies are great as Christmas gifts for coworkers, friends, and neighbors.
Here’s a plate of these scrumptious cookies.
Here’s a close up look so you can see the texture. These cookies are filled with flecks of chocolate and rainbow sprinkles. Yum, yum!
Here’s what I did.
You will need a chocolate bar. I used Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate baking bars. I multiplied the original recipe by 5 and made 208 cookies.
Start with a chocolate bar.
Slice the chocolate in the opposite direction.
Here’s a picture of the 5 chocolate bars cut in small pieces.
Soften butter and place in large mixing bowl.
Add brown sugar.
Add white sugar.
Add salt and baking powder.
Mix all ingredients together with an electric mixer.
Add UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour. Bleached flour toughens cookies and cakes.
Add chopped semi-sweet chocolate.
Add rainbow sprinkles (jimmies).
Add rainbow sprinkles to batter and stir everything well with a wooden spoon. Don’t use an electric mixer at this point or it will toughen cookies.
Spray cookie sheets with cooking spray. Roll dough into balls and bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes. I was cooking 4 pans at a time in each oven so it took longer to cook the cookies. It might not take as long if you are only cooking 2 racks at a time. I rotate the racks every 5 minutes.
Here’s a picture of the cookies just out of the oven.
I increased the flour in the recipe so that the cookies poofed up more and did not flatten out too much.
Here’s another look at these amazing cookies.
Here’s a close up look at the texture of these delightful and tasty treats.
Here’s a spread of these cookies.
Here’s a stack of Chocolate Rainbow Sprinkle Cookies for you!
These are ready to eat and enjoy!
It will be hard to stop at just one.
Here’s the recipe.
CHOCOLATE RAINBOW SPRINKLE COOKIES
3 cups UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup light brown sugar
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 Large eggs
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/3 cup rainbow sprinkles (I used jimmies)
4 oz. Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate baking bar, finely chopped
NOTE: Because we prefer a mounded, thicker cookie rather than a flat cookie, I added a half cup of flour to the original recipe because these cookies will flatten out too much when baking otherwise.
This is a great idea for holiday baking.
Your family will love these great tasting goodies.
Pack a basket of these wonderful cookies for co-workers, your kid’s teachers, or to take to holiday parties.
If you’re looking for a delicious new baking idea for the holidays, this cookie is it!
This close up shows the texture.
These cookies are chock-full of chocolate shavings and bits and rainbow sprinkles.
I’ve saved a couple for you!
You may also like these cookies:
- Chocolate Mint Layer Bars (manoahswifecooks.com)
- Cookie Tips & Techniques (williams-sonoma.com)
- Hosting a Cookie Exchange (babyzone.com)
- Chocolate Batons (spoonful.com)