Mexican Christmas Crackles
6 oz unsweetened chocolate (I used Trader Joe's discs), melted over double boiler
1/2 C. room temperature unsalted butter creamed with 1 + 3/4C sugar
add in 3 eggs one at a time
add 1 tsp vanilla
gradually stir in chocolate
2 C + 2 TBsp flour
1 Tbsp cinnamon
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp cloves
slowly combine dry with wet and stir until blended. Chill in fridge for 2 hours or overnight.
Preheat oven to 350F and line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
Form tablespoonfuls of dough into a ball and roll in sifted icing sugar. Place onto sheet 2 inches apart. Press a whole almond or 1/2 cherry into the top of each ball.
Bake for 12 minutes. Let cool on sheet 5 minutes before transferring to wire rack.
I made three batches yesterday. That's 18 dozen. I only needed 11 dozen for my cookie exchange last night. Mmmmmm, more for me! Well, not too many. When the kids were young, they called these "the spicy cookies" and avoided them like brussel sprouts. Sadly, when they got home from school they both devoured several. Apparently their palates have matured!
What smell says Christmas to you?