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 Planning 4 Paris 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. Chocolate Rainbow Sprinkles Cookies are loaded!
Chocolate Rainbow Sprinkle Cookies are great as Christmas gifts for coworkers, friends, and neighbors.
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. Chop up the chocolate bar.
Soften butter and place in large mixing bowl. Add brown sugar, white sugar, and eggs.
Add vanilla, 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, rainbow sprinkles (jimmies) 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.
Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes or until done.
Chocolate Rainbow Sprinkle Cookies are amazing.
Chocolate Rainbow Sprinkle Cookies are great for tailgating parties, backyard barbecues or any social event–including Christmas Cookie Exchanges.
Here’s the recipe.
CHOCOLATE RAINBOW SPRINKLE COOKIES
- 3 cups UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour (bleached flour toughens cookies)
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- ½ tsp. salt
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 2 Large eggs
- 1½ tsp. vanilla extract
- ⅓ cup rainbow sprinkles (I used jimmies)
- 4 oz. Ghirardelli semisweet chocolate baking bar, finely chopped
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Spray baking sheets with cooking spray.
- Cream the sugars, butter, eggs, vanilla, salt and baking powder together with an electric mixer until fluffy.
- Stir in flour, chopped chocolate and rainbow jimmie sprinkles with wooden spoon.
- Roll dough into balls and place onto sprayed baking sheets, about 1 inch apart.
- Bake for 14-16 minutes or until brown. (Mine took between 15 and 20 minutes).
- Cool on the baking sheet for 1-2 minutes then transfer to a wire rack.
Chocolate Rainbow Sprinkle Cookies are an excellent choice for holiday baking.
Your family will love these great tasting goodies.
Pack a basket of Chocolate Rainbow Sprinkle Cookies for co-workers, your kid’s teachers, or to take to holiday parties. These cookies are chock-full of chocolate shavings and bits and rainbow sprinkles which everyone loves.
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