Monday, December 17, 2007

Chocolate Crackles

Christmas is proclaimed with NOISE!

You hear the sound of Silver Bells in the snowy street. A multitude of Heavenly Hosts announce a miraculous birth. American colonists in the 18th century fire canons, shoot muskets and bang pots and pans to welcome Christmas morning. The British pop paper tubes called Christmas Crackers which conceal special trinkets. Drums sound in Ethiopia to welcome the feast of the Epiphany. A 17th century carol from Burgundy called Patapan recreates the sound of flute and drum in vocals.

Chocolate Crackles don’t make quite the same racket, but the double coating of granulated sugar and confectioner’s sugar creates a pretty “crackling” effect on the tender bittersweet chocolate buttons. There is a slight crackle when you take a bite of this festive cookie, and it might even inspire you to sing!



I’m submitting this recipe to Susan, “The Food Blogga” who is hosting “Eat Christmas Cookies” this month, a global food blog event of Christmas cookies around the world. Take a bite of these snow-covered chocolate treats – and make a joyful noise this Christmas!

© 2007 T.W. Barritt All Rights Reserved

11 comments:

Bradley said...

Great looking cookie and I really like the way the crackle tops look!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Your cookies look fabulous, T.W.!
I love it how crinkled they are, such a beautiful contrast of colors!

Veron said...

Those look awesome. Love your new header too :).

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Oh, I'm so glad you're submitting these TW. My mom has made these cookies (though we always called them chocolate crinkles) every Christmas for probably over 30 years. They bring back such lovely memories for me. Thank you, Susan

Lydia said...

Beautiful cookies! I'll have to ask my husband (the resident baker in our house) to make them for me, so I can listen for the crackle.

Kathy said...

Your cookies look good..maybe I am inspired to bake today after all!

T.W. Barritt said...

Thanks, everyone! I must say that these Chocolate Crackles were quite popular at the office. So, whether you bake them yourself, or get Ted to bake them for you :-) they are well worth it!

Diane said...

The cookies look so festive. I will have to try this recipe. Good luck with your submission!

Anonymous said...

These ARE fabulous cookies! We made them regularly ever since I was a tiny little girl. My job was to roll them in the sugar. It was one of my mom's favorites.

Kate (in the Kitchen)

T.W. Barritt said...

Thanks so much, Diane - Let me know if you try them, and best wishes for the holidays!

Kate - thanks for visiting! I, too, enjoyed the process of rolling the cookies in the different types of sugar. Merry Christmas!

Jann said...

These are so beautiful......and I know they tasted good~maybe next year i can can excited about baking more for the holidays!