Merry Christmas! Here at Crowded Earth Kitchen, Grandma Jenni’s Chocolate Pixie Cookies are a Christmas favorite. I’m baking these for you in “real time,” on the morning of Christmas Eve. I hope you enjoy them!
My mother-in-law gave me this recipe as part of a bridal shower gift, and explained that these cookies were her son’s very favorite. I still remember making my first batch of Chocolate Pixies as a newlywed, and realizing that these take a bit longer to prepare than plain old chocolate chip cookies. When I showed the finished batch to my husband, I told him “Wow – your mother really loves you!” 🙂
In all seriousness, Grandma Jenni’s Chocolate Pixie Cookies aren’t difficult to make, they just take about 15 minutes longer to prepare than many other cookies. That’s because the recipe begins with unsweetened baker’s chocolate, which needs to be melted and cooled before continuing. See, that’s not so difficult. The end result is spectacular. If a brownie and a cookie got married and had a Christmas baby, well, that’s a Chocolate Pixie.
4 tablespoons butter
4 ounces unsweetened baker’s chocolate
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 cups powdered sugar, for rolling
Step 1) Over low heat, melt butter and chocolate together. Stir frequently, and really keep that heat low to avoid scorching!
Step 2) Use a rubber scraper to transfer the melted chocolate mixture to a large mixing bowl. Allow the chocolate to cool for a few minutes, then mix in sugar (not the powdered sugar!).
Step 3) Add eggs, one at a time, mixing thoroughly after each egg. Add vanilla and mix well.
Step 4) Add all dry ingredients (not the powdered sugar!) and stir until well combined. Cover and chill dough for at least one hour.
Step 5) Roll chilled dough into small balls, using about 1 heaping teaspoon of dough for each ball. This is easier if you butter your hands a bit, to prevent sticking.
Step 7) Bake at 300 degrees for 12 minutes. Allow to cool on a wire rack.
Don’t forget to leave a plate of Grandma Jenni’s Chocolate Pixie Cookies for Santa!