Friday, December 21, 2012

Cookies, Cookbooks & a Cause

This tempting recipe for chocolate crinkles comes from Kohl's Cares, a merchandise program featuring exclusive hardcover books including favorites such as The Wizard of Oz and The Night Before Christmas with. Each hardcover book comes with a coordinating plush toy for $5. Kohl’s donates 100 percent of the net profit to children’s health and education initiatives nationwide. Find out more about the program here. Register below to enter a giveaway for two Good Housekeeping cookbooks offered in the Kohl's Cares program.

Chocolate Crinkles

This cookie takes its name from its interesting shape. As the rich, sugar-coated dough bakes, it spreads into puffy rounds with small cracks on top.

Active time 25 minutes plus chilling
Bake time 8 minutes per batch
Makes 48 cookies

¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon baking powder
¹⁄8 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
½ cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
1 square (1 ounce) unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ cup confectioners sugar

In small bowl, stir together flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In large bowl, with mixer on medium speed, beat butter, granulated sugar, and corn syrup until combined. On low speed, beat in chocolate, egg, and vanilla until well blended. Beat in flour mixture until combined, scraping bowl occasionally with rubber spatula. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 hour. Preheat oven to 350°F. Place confectioners sugar in small bowl. With hands, shape dough into 1-inch balls; roll in confectioners sugar. Place balls, 1 inch apart, on ungreased large cookie sheet. Bake until set, 8 minutes. With wide metal spatula, transfer cookies to wire rack to cool completely. Repeat with remaining dough and confectioners sugar. Store cookies in cookie jar up to 1 week.

Each cookie About 35 calories, 1g protein, 6g carbohydrate, 1g total fat (1g saturated), 0.5g fiber, 7mg cholesterol, 35mg sodium

    This full-color cookbook is sure to inspire cookie baking with its full-color photography and abundance of new and classic recipes.      

And for the chocolate lover, this book is sure to please with a variety of desserts that celebrate the rich decadence of our favorite sweet. The chocolate crinkles recipe above is reprinted from Chocolate!

Kohl's Cares is offering both Christmas Cookies! and Chocolate! to a reader of A Little Loveliness. Leave separate comments below for each entry you choose. This giveaway ties in nicely with this week of posts dedicated to honoring educators at Christmastime, so let's continue the fun.

(1) Leave a comment telling me about your favorite teacher.
(2) Leave a second comment if you are a teacher, school administrator, staff member or volunteer.

Due to shipping costs, this giveaway is open to U. S. readers only. I will announce the winner next week!

Congratulations to Rach, who won last week's giveaway of the bookazine Sweet Gifts by Bella Baker.


Lea said...

I love causes and it's wonderful to know about your post. Chocolate crinkles look good :)

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ashley said...

My favorite teacher taught me in HS English and was a lovely person. She was very giving and supportive.

Cindy said...

One of my favorite teachers was my Home Ec. teacher. She was also my cheerleading sponsor. She always had such fun ideas and was a sweet lady. I still see her from time to time and she has become a friend.

mgster said...

My favorite teacher was Mr. Ogradnek. He taught Social Studies in High School and always made it so interesting!

Cindy said...

Probably because of the influence of some of the teachers in my life, I am now a teacher myself. I teach High School Family and Consumer Sciences. I teach part-time so I can still take care of my family....both are very full, rewarding jobs!

mgster said...

I have some of the Kohl's books and stuffed animals... it is a great cause. I have been teaching preschool for 22 years and will retire from this wonderful job in June!

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Cynthia said...

Melissa, I am a former teacher, retirement is grand but I miss the children. I know devote that energy to my Bible class students. I always enjoy reading your blog, and find your blogs very encouraging.

Cynthia said...

Melissa, I am a former teacher, retirement is grand but I miss the children. I know devote that energy to my Bible class students. I always enjoy reading your blog, and find your blogs very encouraging.

Deborah said...

My favorite teacher was my 5th grade teacher , Mrs. Thorpe. She was so sweet and kind. Growing up in Florida in unairconditioned schools, Afternoons were really hot. After recess, she would have us come in and lay our heads on the desk and she would read us classic books for a half hour. We all loved it. At Christmas time the district decided to move teachers around instead of busing kids for desegregation and she was the teacher choosen for her grade to be transferred. I was heart broken but I never forgot her. She went put of her way to make each child feel special.

Susan said...

Hello Melissa..I had many great teachers but one of my all time favorites was Mrs. Marsh.

She was from Long Island, N.Y.

She taught fourth grade. She made me feel so special and told me I was very talented. It meant so much to me as a little girl.

Then, sadly, she left in the middle of one school year and we had a going away party for her. How I wept!

I remember we took up a collection and bought her a painting on velvet!

Imagine, all these decades later and I still remember that sweet human being.

Thanks for your posts. They are always elegant and lovely. Susan

claire k said...

I had a lot of really good teachers. I remember Mrs. Osburn, my fifth grade teacher, because she had such a kind spirit and made everyone feel special. She even called my home when I was sick to check on me, and it meant so much to me!

claire k said...

I am a teacher, currently a substitute teacher, and a parent volunteer for my 3 kids. And, my husband is a high school principal!

suburban prep said...

My favorite teacher was the principal of the grade school I went to. When I graduated from grade school and then in high school he helped me and another girl in a project that we had for our high school.

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