In case cupcakes aren’t your thing, here is a cookie that is sure to please not only you, but those around you who might sneak a few too. Having taste tested these ourselves, we can confidently say these are some seriously good cookies. They’re soft, there’s no funny aftertaste that the cookies you buy in the store have, and they are light and just sweet enough, especially with the right toppings.
Many of the recipes that we share with you are experimentations that we come up with based on our taste preferences. In this recipe, we included almond extract since we really love the taste of it as well as chocolate because…well, it’s chocolate. “Nuff said.
Seriously though, there are so many different kinds of something pops out there now –pie pops, cake pops, and dozens of varieties to go with each– that we wanted to try something a little different. Cookies have always been seen as something you handle by fingers—you pick cookies up by hand, eat by hand, and dunk by hand. While that’s a lot of fun, we wanted to come up with something a little more interesting, a little edgier.
So, why not cookie dunkers!? Not only do they look absolutely adorable but they offer a new way of eating and decorating cookies too. Granted, they’re a little more delicate than cake pops or pie pops, so when dunking you just need to make sure you’re dunking them in sprinkles, sugar (or anything light) or if you decide to dunk in chocolate, you may want to place the cookie dunker into the chocolate and spoon chocolate on it and then lift it out with the spoon too. Just so they don’t fall off with the pull of the chocolate.
These are great for parties, gifts, or a special treat when you feel you need a little something. Have fun with these guys. No matter what, enjoy them and if you make them with someone, enjoy the time with that special person (or people) too!
½ cup light brown sugar
2 large eggs
¼ cup + 2 tbsp EVOO
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
2 tsp almond extract
2 cups ap flour
1 tbsp half & half
1 tsp colored jimmies
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
In a separate bowl, combine flour, salt, and baking soda and mix. Set aside for the moment.
In a large bowl, whisk the eggs until well combined and then add in the oil, sugar, and extract and mix all together.
Dump the flour mixture into the egg and sugar mixture and stir together until a dough forms. If you need to, knead the dough a little bit with your hands if you can get all of the flour to mix in.
Take the dough and roll into 30 balls (about 1 inch) and place on a baking sheet in rows of five.
Bake for 10 minutes and once they are done, take them out of the oven and immediately place plastic rods (the kind that you would use for cake pops) into the center of each cookie. Allow to completely cool.
This amount is enough to use on 9 of the cookies. You will need to melt more if you want to cover a larger amount of the cookies, but we only just wanted to cover a handful since they are so good even without added chocolate.
Melt your chocolate in the microwave for 60-90 seconds. You want to make sure it’s fully melted and resembles a liquid consistency.
When going to “dunk” your cookies, make sure you place the cookie into the chocolate and spoon it onto your cookie. Since chocolate is heavy and you are also dealing with the laws of gravity, the cookie will be pulled off the stick if you try pulling the cookie out by using the rod. When covered to your liking, take the spoon and scoop the cookie out of the bowl and onto a wax paper covered cooling rack. Sprinkle on any jimmies or place M&M’s on however you want and allow to dry. The most important thing to do in this stage is to have fun!
Once complete, enjoy your cookie dunkers with the ones you love!