Lump of Coal Cookies
Have you been naughty or nice this year?
I’m going to prank the kiddlets this Christmas and it’s going to be awesome! You know that little hiding place where you hide Christmas presents, every home has one. I must be special because I have more than one. The main area is in my closet in my bedroom but that’s way too easy for the giant man-baby so each year I have to gain a creative view on hiding places in my home. But I’m not saying anything here in case of wondering eyes, ya’know.
I’m so going to stuff their stockings full of these lump of coal cookies and ask the kiddos to check their stockings first. The prank will go a little something like…
“For Christmas this year children, you’ve been naughty. Therefore Santa has left you some coal. Did you know some pregnant women eat coal. Go on, try it.”
“What’s that you say, they taste like sugar cookies? Really? How did that happen?”
That’s all assuming that my prank goes to plan. Of course, it could all go terribly wrong and they burst out crying thinking they don’t actually have anything than an old piece of coal and I’ll feel guilty for the rest of my life. So here’s hoping!
Sue’s version of her lump of coal cookies on her blog, Munchkin Munchies, inspired me to make my own. Thanks for the inspiration, Sue.
Lump of Coal Cookies Recipe
Prep Time: 5-10 mins
Cook Time: 8-10 mins
Yield: approx. 30 cookies
- 3 cups plain (all purpose) flour
- 1½ tsp baking powder
- 1 cup (250g) butter
- 1 cup sugar (caster/super fine is preferred)
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ tsp salt
- black gel or paste food colouring
- Preheat your oven to 180/350/Gas Mark 5. Prepare 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or a silpat.
- Cream sugar and butter together until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla extract.
- Sift the flour and mix until a dough forms. Using a gel or paste food colouring, add food colouring a bit at a time until you get a dark coal-like colour.
- Divide the dough into 2 pieces and place one half in the fridge.
- Break off chunks of dough until your desired coal size. Roll or rough them up a bit and place on the baking tray. Place in the freezer while working on the second half of the dough and place in the freezer while the first batch cooks and repeat with the second batch.
- Allow to cool on the sheet for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.
- Allow to cool completely before storing in an airtight container.
Halved recipe from Munchkin Munchies
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