Wednesday, June 2, 2010

EMERGENCY! (Or no chocolate in the house)!

It doesn't happen often that
I am caught unaware that my
stash of chocolate has hit critical and
I am abruptly rendered...gulp...

But it did happen the other day
and it was a pitiful state, truly.
Luckily, a little creative panic
saved the day.

Scouring the pantry, I found some unsweetenend
cocoa powder and I remembered a cookie that my
mother used to make when I was a kid that I loved.
It's a chocolate cookie rolled in confectioner's sugar
that flattens and cracks when it's baked into crunchy
on the outside, chewy on the inside chocolatey
goodness! And just like that -- ka-ching we were on
our way to chocolate cookies!


1 1/3 cups light brown sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup sour cream
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 3/4 cups flour
3/4 cup unsweetenend cocoa powder
1 tspn baking soda
1/4 tspn salt
1/8 tspn black pepper
1/2 cup powdered sugar


Beat brown sugar and oil in medium bowl with
electric mixer. Mix in sour cream, egg and vanilla
and set aside. Mix flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt
and pepper in another bowl. Add flour mixture to
brown sugar mixture, mix well.
Refrigerate dough until firm (3-4 hrs). It was a
chocolate emergency, so I froze it for half an hour
and it worked out just fine. Preheat oven to 350. Pour
powdered sugar into a bowl. Roll dough into one inch
balls, roll balls in powdered sugar. Bake on ungreased
cookie sheet for 10-12 minutes. Try to wait until they're
cool enough to eat! I barely made it.


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  1. I love these kind of cookies... hadn't thought of them for years... now must have one (but only one you evil genius.. well one at a time... Damn, you win again)

  2. These cookies are SO good. And they'd be perfect in an emergency like the one you describe (which I *can't* describe because it gives me the shakes!) Must have chocolate!

  3. Emergency, no chocolate is more like a disaster in our house. You pulled it off with this recipe though. Sounds yummy.

    Thoughts in Progress

  4. I'm in trouble now. I have all these ingredients in the house and I've been craving chocolate. Thanks a lot, Jenn. I was trying to be low-carb today! But like Scarlett says... I'll think about that tomorrow!


  5. Love the cookie! What fun to have a panic and have it turn out okay in the end. Teaches us all to breathe, doesn't it? ~Avery

  6. Improvise, Adapt, Overcome! (Okay, so I borrowed that unofficial motto from the Marines. But being out of chocolate is a serious matter.)

    Great recipe, Jenn (and Jenn's mom :) - you just can't go wrong with chocolate crack, er, crackle cookies. (No kidding. This recipe is a keeper. Love your combo of ingredients.)

    Chocoholic hugs,
    ~ Cleo
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  7. Well, since my severely limited pantry and fridge yield only 6 of those ingredients, this one will have to wait. Besides, if I go to the store, I can just buy chocolate. I'm slowly accumulating staples, but slowly is the operative word. Since we're going to be updating the kitchen, I don't want to add more stuff to move in and out.

  8. My batch came out of the oven about ten minutes ago and I just had my first taste of these...

    Oh... yum!


  9. Jenn, always, always keep a secret stash of chocolate chips! But I'm printing out the recipe--looks good! Thanks.

  10. LOL, Jenn, you saved the day for Julie! I've made similar chocolate crackle cookies and they never last long. Yum!

    ~ Krista

  11. Definitely, a chocoholic's life saver recipe!
    LOL! I did go to Sprouts and load up on
    peanut butter-chocolate trail mix and
    cocoa roasted almonds. Whew!

  12. These are my family's favorites. So satisfyingly chocolatey! Now, you realize, I have to make them. Now. Excuse me.