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Holiday Cookies: Not Pretty

It’s time for the holiday cookie swap again, which always throws me into a semi-panic.

I have this idea that Christmas cookies should be artful, delicately scented and decorated to reflect the charms of the season. Not the big, crude mounds of heart-stopping content that usually emerge from my oven.

But this year I’ve decided to meet the cookie challenge by baking what I know, rather than attempting something that’s beyond my skill set and my patience level. My guess is, they’ll be the biggest crowd-pleasrs, even if they are rather homely. The theory behind this recipe is that, if you throw in enough chocolate (and a little coffee), nobody’s going to be unhappy.

These galumphy, gooey, heavenly cookies come from an old hometown friend who, in the wicked Illinois winters, makes these to keep everyone warm and choco-fied.

The original recipe is from Epicurious.com, and you will not believe how good they are.

Here’s the recipe >

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3 Responses to “Holiday Cookies: Not Pretty”

  1. Elizabeth Says:


    I made the ugly cookies and you’re right enough butter and chocolate– delicious and only moderately ugly. I probably ate six but will bring remainder to Daniel who we’re meeting in the BVI for the holiday.
    Happy and Healthy to you and those you love!

  2. joannie Shapiro Says:

    You KNOW I love these. One of my friends drops off at my house periodically, hoping I’ve made a batch. These cookies are Christmas 2011 cookies. Don’t even bother making anything else, they should come with a warning,” could be addictive.”
    Be happy!

  3. Amy Says:

    I made these for the first time this week for the office cookie swap, figuring that if they were good enough for Phoenix, they were good enough for me.

    These divine little nuggets will now be my default contribution to every cookie-requiring event in perpetuity. They are part brownie, part Toll House, and part fairy dust, and they left everybody else’s offerings in their deep, dark, fudgy shade. Thank you, thank you, thank you for this post.

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