Monday, 24 December 2012

Chocolate Snowballs (Merry Christmas 2012!) [Recipe]

You don't have to make these for Christmas.
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Chocolate snowballs

Because awesomeness should not be shared just on Christmas.

I'm so unorganized this year. No Christmas shopping done, no DIY Christmas present made, and I just did my Christmas baking today, while number of food bloggers have been posting incredible looking Christmas recipes.The good thing is, my family is not the one who has gifting tradition on Christmas, we don't do it every year. The problem was the baking. I love doing Christmas baking every year, but the Christmas cakes recipes I found are way to complicated for me, who don't even know how to work with liquid glucose.

Thankfully, I found this chocolate snowballs recipe on Taste, and I was hooked from the first read. Chocolate cookies rolled in icing sugar? Christmas or not, count me in.

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Chocolate snowballs 
Recipe taken from Taste, with minimal tweaking from me


Ingredients:

  • 200g dark chocolate, chopped
  • 100g unsalted butter, chopped
  • 80g caster sugar
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 225g plain flour
  • 2 tbs cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 150g icing sugar


Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 175°C. Line 2-3 baking trays with baking paper.

2. Place the dark chocolate and chopped butter in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water over low heat (make sure the bowl doesn't touch the water). Stir mixture until melted and smooth, then remove the bowl from the heat and stand for 5 minutes to cool.

3. Using a wooden spoon, stir caster sugar into chocolate until dissolved. Gradually add eggs, stirring until well combined. Add vanilla, flour, cocoa and baking powder and mix until a smooth dough. Cover and chill for no more than 30 minutes to firm.

4. Use hands to roll 2 level tablespoons of the dough into a ball. Sift the icing sugar into a dish, then dip each ball into the dish and dust heavily in icing sugar and place on the prepared trays about 2cm apart. Bake the snowballs for 10-12 minutes until firm to the touch. Cool on the trays.

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Ingredients

Easy peasy. It's like making usual cookies, but with additional rolls in the sugar. I put half the sugar that the original recipe suggest, because I unintentionally bought milk chocolate instead of the dark. I was worried it'll be too sweet, so I put half of the sugar amount and the balls turn out beautiful! Oh, and I also used Blue Band margarine instead of butter, because good quality butter is troublesome to be found here, and cheap ones have funny smell.

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Clockwise from top left: melted chocolate and margarine, adding flour etc., soft dough, firmer dough after 30mins in the fridge

Make sure you put the dough in the fridge before shaping, it'll be too soft if you don't. Another tip is to make sure that each of the ball has enough sugar all over them, then they'll crack nicely. I may put too much sugar on the surface of the tray, the sugar got caramelized heavily (or burnt). But don't worry, the cookies aren't affected.

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Balls with not enough icing sugar, the result is thin sugar layer

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Burnt sugar

What I love from these cookies are the crunchy sugar layer, the slightly soft middle part, and the chocolatey-ness of them. Next time, I'll put more chocolate in!

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Chocolate snowballs - final result

If you haven't done your Christmas baking and wish to do some, I recommend this recipe! The worst thing that can happen is maybe you'll put too much chocolate than you're supposed to, but even that wouldn't be a bad scenario for me. And if you don't have enough time to do Christmas baking, fear not, this sweet and addictive chocolate balls are great for any day and perfect for gifts!

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Final words, MERRY CHRISTMAS! This is my favourite time of the year and I have been looking forward for this! Have an awesome holiday, be safe, and don't eat too much cake!

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Merry Christmas!

Cheers!

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6 comments:

  1. Yum I LOVE these kinds of cookies - especially the crisp outside and the soft yummy inside. Hope you had an awesome Christmas Irene and a great New Year!!

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    1. me too! I did, and I hope you did too, Christine! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! :D

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  2. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas! Yes, I too am a big fan of cookies having a crust but then being oh so soft in the middle....! x

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    1. I did, and I hope u did too, Tina! :D
      Thanks for dropping by! :D

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  3. satu rumah gw ketagihan. bahkan bokap gw stengah ngambek krn kue lu tiba2 uda abis aja sm ade gw. dia tiap buka kulkas nyomot2 sih. hebat hebat, kirimin gw 10 batch lagi bole la huahahhaha..
    well done rin !!! rumah gw siap menampung mkanan2 enak hasil karya lu =D

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    1. Ah masa sih baso?? gue tersanjung niiihhhh heheheh.
      seneng deh kalo pada suka! :D

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