Chocolate Christmas Pudding Cookies

Chocolate Christmas Pudding Cookies. Just think on the deliciousness that is these chocolatey wonders.

Chocolate Christmas Pudding Cookies utterly delicious Christmas treats. www.feastingisfun.com
Chocolate Christmas Pudding Cookies utterly delicious Christmas treats. www.feastingisfun.com

Hello everyone how is the run up to Christmas going for you?

This time of year can be completely manic and overwhelming for me and strange as it may seem, a day spent baking and creating, although a luxury, is a great way for me to chill out and really enjoy the festive season.

I have baked these Chocolate Christmas Pudding Cookies twice now, the second batch was larger because they disappeared so quickly the first time!

Chocolate Christmas Pudding Cookies baking these is the perfect way to get into the festive mood, or escape the seasonal mayhem. www.feastingisfun.com
Chocolate Christmas Pudding Cookies baking these is the perfect way to get into the festive mood, or escape the seasonal mayhem. www.feastingisfun.com

Ah the look on our little (teenagers but still my babies) cherubs face as I give these cookies away is priceless! I thought I’d done a pretty good job as a mum, teaching them to share. Apparently not!!! I’m sure these cookies would be kept in a locked safe if our children had their way.

Rich chocolate cookies, with a hint of brownie flavour, topped with melted white chocolate and sprinkles. Utterly divine, decadent and delicious.

The chocolate smell as these cookies bake will have people knocking at your front door, drawn by the aroma. If it could be bottled, the chocolate smell would be a hit. As it is, we get to bake the cookies and then eat them – sharing of course!

Really I would recommend making a double batch of the cookie dough, it’s hardly any extra effort and you can choose to bake all the cookies in one hit, or leave half of the dough in the fridge for up to a week.

Chocolate Christmas Pudding Cookies perfect to make, bake and decorate with children. www.feastingisfun.com
Chocolate Christmas Pudding Cookies perfect to make, bake and decorate with children. www.feastingisfun.com

My Chocolate Christmas Pudding Cookies make perfect presents. Pop a few in a cellophane bag, tie with pretty ribbon and hand out to friends, family, neighbours, the postman. I honestly don’t think a gift made with love by ourselves can be beaten.

Chocolate Christmas Pudding Cookies a great gift for anyone who live cookies - like me!!! www.feastingisfun.com
Chocolate Christmas Pudding Cookies a great gift for anyone who loves cookies – like me!!! www.feastingisfun.com

Making these cookies is a whizz! The cookie dough comes together in moments, it is then rolled into a log and wrapped in cling film and refrigerated  until it is firm. The chocolate, dough log is then sliced and the slices are baked. Once cool, the cookies have their cream (melted white chocolate) added, sprinkle on some holly and wait for the chocolate to set. Then eat!! Quite simple really 😉

Recipe : Makes approx 25 Chocolate Christmas Pudding Cookies

225g/8oz Unsalted Butter – at room temperature

150g/5oz Light Soft Brown Sugar

1 Large Egg Yolk

1tsp Vanilla Extract

1/4tsp Salt

225g/8oz Plain White Flour

50g/2oz Cocoa Powder

100g/4oz White Chocolate

Sprinkles for the top of the cookies, I’ve used holly leaves and berries.

Method:

Place the butter and sugar into a large bowl. Whisk until light and fluffy.
Place the butter and sugar into a large bowl. Whisk until light and fluffy.
Add the egg yolk, vanilla extract and salt. Whisk until fully incorporated.
Add the egg yolk, vanilla extract and salt. Whisk until fully incorporated.
Sift the flour and cocoa powder into the bowl. Mix slowly until you have all the ingredients are combined.
Sift the flour and cocoa powder into the bowl. Mix slowly until you have all the ingredients combined.
You now have a bowl of the most delicious chocolate cookie dough!
You now have a bowl of the most delicious chocolate cookie dough!

Wipe your work surface with a clean, damp, cloth. Lay a good length of cling film onto the damp surface – the water ‘sticks’ the cling film in place so that it stays flat and doesn’t move.

 

Place the dough onto the cling film in a rough sausage shape.
Place the dough onto the cling film in a rough sausage shape.
Wrap the dough up and roll the dough into a sausage shape approx 1.5"/3.5cm diameter.
Wrap the dough up and roll the dough into a sausage shape approx 1.5″/3.5cm diameter.

Place the dough log into the fridge for at least 2 hours (it will keep for a week, well wrapped). The dough log needs to be cold and firm before you can slice the cookies.

Preheat the oven to 175C/160C fan. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper (you may need to cook the cookies in batches). Remove the chocolate dough log from the fridge. Dont worry if the bottomof the log has flatted slightly, it just adds to the christmas pudding look.

 

Unwrap the cookie dough and slice into individual cookies approx 1cm/0.5" thick.
Unwrap the cookie dough and slice into individual cookies approx 1cm/0.5″ thick.
Place the uncooked cookies onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet, allowing room for expansion between each cookie.
Place the uncooked cookies onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet, allowing room for expansion between each cookie.

Place the baking trays into the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, depending how thick/big your cookies are. My cookies took 20 minutes to bake.

It is difficult to tell when the cookies are cooked, due to their colour! They are baked when the surface looks dull however, they don’t set hard until cooled.

Once baked remove from the oven and allow to cool for at least 15 minutes on the baking tray (it is fine to leave them to cool completely on the tray) you can then move them, using a palette knife to a cooling rack. If after 10 minutes cooling they break  when trying to transfer them, pop them back into the oven for another 5 minutes.

Chocolate Christmas Pudding Cookies place onto a cooling rack to cool completely before icing. www.feastingisfun.com
Chocolate Christmas Pudding Cookies place onto a cooling rack to cool completely before icing. www.feastingisfun.com

Once the cookies have completely cooled it’s time to get creative and frost them WITH CHOCOLATE!!!!

Chop or break up your white chocolate and place into a heat proof bowl. Either place the bowl on top of a saucepan as I did here  Chocolate Sparkle Cake , or melt the chocolate using a microwave, on medium setting, in short 20 second bursts, stirring after each zap! Remove the bowl just before the chocolate is completely melted and stir continuosly, the heat already in the bowl will melt the remaining chocolate.

Note: When making these cookies with children, if the bowl is hot, decant the melted chocolate into a cool bowl before decorating the cookies.

Melt the white chocolate.
Melt the white chocolate.

Using a teaspoon, place the melted chocolate on the top of the cookie, encouraging it to ‘drip’ down the ‘christmas pudding’ with the back of the spoon.

Place the chocolate covered cookie onto parchment paper, sprinkle on your chosen decoration and leave to set.
Place the chocolate covered cookie onto parchment paper, sprinkle on your chosen decoration and leave to set.

The effect is so easy, yet incredible. These Chocolate Christmas Pudding Cookies really do look like the real thing with cream dripping down from the top.

Chocolate Christmas Pudding Cookies a double batch production!! www.feastingisfun.com
Chocolate Christmas Pudding Cookies a double batch production!! www.feastingisfun.com

Chocolate Christmas Pudding Cookies last for a week in an air tight container. I used a tin to store ours in and placed a piece of parchment paper between each layer, to keep the cookie’s presentation perfect. This is good advice if you are cooking alone and making these ahead of time.

When baking and decorating these with children, to be completely honest, you will be very lucky to even see the chocolate set!! So it’s rather a nice idea to have some already made and packaged in small cellophane bags, tied with ribbon. This way the children can take home extra cookies to share with their families.

I’m assuming everyone bakes with their children and their friends, when they come round for tea???

If you are a teacher/teaching assistant/child minder or Sunday school teacher, making the undecorated biscuits ahead of time and then letting little and big kids alike decorate their own, is a wonderful pre-Christmas activity.

 

Chocolate Christmas Pudding Cookies simply delicious www.feastingisfun.com
Chocolate Christmas Pudding Cookies simply delicious www.feastingisfun.com

Whatever you do and whoever you bake the with and for, I hope you have lots of fun and the Chocolate Christmas Pudding Cookies bring smiles from all who see and eat them!

As well as these Chocolate Christmas Pudding Cookies you may like these other Christmas Bakes:

Cream Cheese Pastry Mince Pies

FF Cream Cheese Pastry Mince Pies
Cream Cheese Pastry Mince Pies can you stop at one?

Sparkling Snowflake Cake

FF Sparkling Snowflake Cake
Sparkling Snowflake Cake edible diamonds and a dusting of flavoured icing sugar set this cake off www.feastingisfun.com

Please post photos of your cookies on Twitter and tag me in @sammiefeasting. I would love to see what fantastic decorations and creations you bake?

Do you enjoy the build upto Christmas or dread it?

Sammie xx

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Hi, I'm Sammie, a young 40 something girl who loves life, Jesus, her family, cooking, gardening and photography. I have a passion for sharing and encouraging others to share. My way is to show love through food whilst having fun. Hence Feasting Is Fun!!

18 thoughts on “Chocolate Christmas Pudding Cookies”

  1. WHAT a GREAT idea for gifts! I can see myself making these for friend and family as well as teachers too…….they are so fun and festive! Karen

    1. Thank you Karen. These increase by about a third whilst cooking, so you can easily make them slightly smaller. I really would recommend a double batch, it is barely any extra effort, the reward however, is fantastic. Lots of chocolate christmas pud cookies to give away and a few to keep. Please share them on Twitter, I’d love to see how they turn out. Sammie x.

  2. Yes, fab for those who don’t like Christmas pudding and for those that do! Plus you can make and eat these in the run up to Christmas. Sammie.

    1. Thanks Jo. They have proved ever so popular with everyone who has tried them. I’m going to bake another double batch next week for gifts. Sammie.

  3. I am so with you Sammie! A day spent baking holiday treats with some classic Christmas tunes playing in the background totally gets me in the spirit and puts the stress behind me! These cookies are absolutely precious with the white chocolate and decorations. I have never actually had Christmas Pudding but if they’re anything like the looks of these cookies – I may just be a fan already! Merry Christmas! – Liz

    1. Thank you Liz you really are such a sweetie. I have to say, you would probably hate Christmas Pudding, it’s full of raisins!! But the traditional figgy pudding from which it originates would definitely be your cup of tea! Merry Christmas to you. Sammie xxx

    1. Thanks Marsha. They are certainly loved by everyone who has tried them. They look so pretty on a plate to offer guests when the pop in! Sammie.

    1. Thank you Claire. These are so quick to make, pop in the fridge to firm up, whilst you get on with other things! Then slice, bake & decorate. Fab to pop in a cellophane bag, tie with pretty ribbon and give out as gifts, making sure you keep some for yourself 😉 Sammie x

    1. Ah Heidi that is so great that you are going to make these with your grandchildren. They will have so much fun, I’m sure. Thanks for leaving such a lovely comment and Merry Christmas to you. Sammie X.

  4. Made these outstanding cookies for my Grandchildren,who adore anything Chocolate based.One problem with them,during the making process I found myself wondering that the children might not get a look in once they were baked.The fantastic delicious aroma from the mixture is quite intoxicating and I could have so easily kept them all for myself.However,the Cookies were baked and the verdict from them is,when am I going to make the next batch.Nothing more to say,except you must make them yourselves you will not be disappointed….xxx

  5. Pam you have made my day. Thank you for taking the time to leave such a wonderful comment. Knowing that you not only enjoyed these, but shared them with your Grandchildren, really is the reason I set up this blog. To create recipes that others would find easy and share the bakes. Xx

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