A rich chocolate cookie with a sweet sugar coating
Do you know how you can tell when a recipe is a winner? When you ask a smartphone distracted teenager to have a taste, and she does, and she then looks up from Tik Tok long enough to exclaim, “Oh man! These are really good!”. That, dear friends, was how we knew that this recipe for chocolate crinkle cookies was post-worthy.
How best to describe the taste of this popular Christmas cookie that is more informative than “Oh man!”? Well, if you live in Canada and have ever visited a Tim Hortons the same teenager said that these cookies taste like the chocolate timbits from this favourite coffee shop – but better (sorry Tim).
The reason these cookies are so delicious is their deep chocolate flavour, their almost fudge-like texture and their sweet sugary coating. It’s a good thing that they are quick and easy to whip up because those you bake to gift in Christmas cookie baskets may be too hard to resist. We’re already on our third batch of these cookies, and we have yet to give away a single one. Judge us if you want. We’ll just be sitting here nibbling on more of these chocolate crinkle cookies.
The recipe says to melt the chocolate in a double boiler. What exactly is a double boiler?
A double boiler, or bain-marie, is a special piece of kitchen equipment that is like a heated bath; it is used to melt ingredients or to bring them up to a certain temperature slowly and evenly. Although you can purchase an actual double boiler – personally we think that this is only a good option if you have unlimited funds and unlimited kitchen storage space, or if you are a chocolatier.
How can I make my own bain-marie?
To make your own bain-marie at home simply use a saucepan and a heat-proof bowl that covers the top of your saucepan. Place a few inches of water in your pot and nestle the bowl over your pot; be sure that the water does not touch the bottom of your bowl – you want your chocolate (in the case of this recipe) to melt with the heat created by the steam and not the hot water directly). As well, be sure that your bowl fits snugly in your pot because you don’t want any of the steam which is created to escape.
How can I melt chocolate in a bain-marie?
Once you have set up your bain-marie or double boiler as described above, place your chocolate into the bowl and turn the heat on to medium. Use a whisk to stir the chocolate as it starts to melt due to the steam. Once your chocolate has completely melted, turn off the heat and remove the bowl from the top of your saucepan – carefully! The bowl will be hot, and you don’t want to get burned by any escaping steam.
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