Delicious Pennsylvania Dutch Chocolate Cookies recipe. This Heavenly Chocolate Christmas cookie with a hint of cinnamon has a chewy interior & crunchy exterior. They are the perfect addition to your Christmas cookie recipe list
I am so excited to share my Grandma Stocker’s Pennsylvania Dutch Chocolate Cookies recipe with you today. Several of my posts reference my Grandma; I talked about her skill at baking and about our shared love of nice linens.
We never lacked for incredible baked goods when I was growing up. In fact, I am really embarrassed to admit I was jealous of the kids at the school lunch table whose sandwiches were made with store-bought white bread. It incensed me that I had to have my sandwiches made with her homemade bread!
I guess I need to remind myself of this when I feel my children aren’t as grateful as they should be.
As much as we had baked goods year-round, Grandma always bumped it up a notch during Christmas. These fudgy chocolate cookies with a crisp exterior were always a staple on our “must bake” Christmas cookie recipe list.
It gives me immense joy that my children, who never had an opportunity to know her, refer to some of our recipes as ‘Grandma Stocker’s Pumpkin Pie’ or ‘Grandma Stocker’s Pennsylvania Dutch Chocolate Cookie recipe’.
The joy of handwritten recipe cards
I have binders of recipes that I collected in the pre-internet and pre-Pinterest days (click here for the recipe binder labels that I use) and this is one of the recipes included in this collection that begins with ‘Grandma Stocker’s’.
Even though I really have many of my recipes stored on-line, I get so much joy from opening these binders and seeing these handwritten or typed recipe cards. They take me back to so many lovely memories.
One of my girlfriends has a notebook of family recipes that her mother gave to her on her wedding day. The recipes are handwritten in her mother’s hand. What an incredible gift and one I am determined to compile for both of my children when they embark on their own.
OK, let me get back to this chocolate cookie recipe and why you will want to include it on your Christmas cookie baking list. These Pennsylvania Dutch Chocolate Cookies are the magical combination of a chewy middle with a crisp exterior…sheer cookie bliss in my book. They are rich with chocolate but have just a tad of cinnamon that adds a wonderful surprise to your taste buds. Are you sold yet?
What makes these Chocolate Cookies ‘Pennsylvania Dutch Chocolate Cookies’?
I have to freely admit that I have no idea what makes these cookies ‘Pennsylvania Dutch Chocolate Cookies’. Grandma did hail from Pennsylvania, so that’s the only line I can draw from her to these cookies. But…a chocolate cookie recipe is a chocolate cookie recipe no matter where it’s from!
I put my own twist on the original recipe by adding just a pinch of cinnamon. You see, I have a thing about Chocolate and Cinnamon. I believe this pairing is woefully under-appreciated by the food world! But, if you don’t share my opinion, then skip the cinnamon. They are excellent without it.
Also, Grandma would flatten the cookies by dipping a fork in red or green sugar and then made a criss-cross pattern on the cookie with the sugar. I always like to avoid food colorings if possible. Plus, with all due respect to Grandma, the red and green sugars never really showed up on the dark brown cookie anyway. They really needed something white…like white icing snowflakes! These will look wonderful on any Christmas cookie table!
For the Cookies
- 1 cup butter
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup cocoa
- 2 cups flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- Dash of salt
- Pinch of cinnamon, optional
- Granulated sugar to roll cookie balls in.
- For the Icing, small batch to decorate 2-3 dozen cookies with snowflakes
- 1 egg white
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1 1/2 - 2 cups confectioner's sugar
For the Cookies
- Preheat oven to 350'
- Cream butter and sugar
- Add eggs and cocoa and beat at low speed until mixed well
- Add flour, soda, salt and cinnamon, and mix until well blended.
- Roll into balls, about the size of walnuts and place 2" apart on a greased cookie sheet or cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Roll the balls in sugar and flatten with the bottom of a cup
- Bake for 10-12 minutes
- Once cool, decorate with royal icing if desired. Grandma would make these by just decorating them with colored sugar.
For the Icing
- Add the egg white to the bowl of the mixer and beat until frothy.
- Add vanilla and 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar and mix until it is the consistency of toothpaste.
- You may need to add more powdered sugar to get the right consistency, but do it in small increments.
- If it becomes too thick, add water in wee increments.
- Fill icing bag.
- I used a Wilton #3 round tip to make my snowflakes.
Adapted from Grandma Stocker
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 36 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1476Saturated Fat: 42gCholesterol: 271mgSodium: 1027mgCarbohydrates: 213gFiber: 11gSugar: 134gProtein: 19g
Are you well into your baking? If I may offer a bit of advice…definitely add these Pennsylvania Dutch Chocolate cookies to your baking ‘to do’ list. You’ll thank me.
What are the ‘family tradition’ treats you’ll be baking this Christmas? This delightful chocolate cookie recipe has been a favorite on our Christmas cookie baking list for a long time!
If you are looking for other Christmas cookie ideas, please check out these gorgeous mixed metals decorated sugar cookies.
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