I have joined a new baking group – 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies! Every week the members of the group bakes and then posts on Friday. In Australia we don’t have a “Christmas Cookie Baking tradition” but I love baking cookies (or biscuits, as we know them) and I never need an excuse. This is actually the second week as I joined a little late.

This week I chose Chocolate Snowballs or Crinkles as I see them called occasionally. This is a recipe I jotted down while watching a cooking show hosted by Gabriel Gate` quite a few years ago. I have since adapted it a little adding a bit more flour and dark chocolate. I love the result and so does my family. I hope you do, too!
Chocolate Snowballs
200g plain flour
195g sugar
50g cocoa
1 teaspoon baking powder
80g butter
100g dark chocolate, chopped
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
200g sifted icing sugar, approximately

Place flour, sugar, cocoa and baking powder in the food processor. Whizz for 30 seconds to combine. Add butter and process until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add chocolate, process again to break down the chocolate into finer pieces. Don’t worry if there are a few chunks of chocolate. Add the eggs and vanilla. Process until it combines and pulls together.
Like all biscuits dough this benefits from 30 minutes in the refrigerator. Form small balls and roll in icing sugar. I don’t like to tap off the excess so I simply place the sugar coated balls directly onto a baking tray lined with baking paper. Bake at 170C for 10-12 minutes.
Don’t overcook them they are meant to be soft and almost brownie like inside.

Week 2 Twelve Weeks of Christmas: