midnight crackles

My holidays were full of family and gifts and food and fun. Also travel and snow and a bit of a cold at the end. Overall, it was wonderful. And very, very tiring.

I’m glad to be home. I’m looking forward to waking up and going to work, coming home and making dinner. Routine is tedious after too long, but it’s comforting after being away.

I’m extra appreciative of my own bed, with my perfectly squishy huggy pillow; of my favorite spot on the couch next to a pile of new books; of my tea and bagel each morning; of more than one serving of vegetables per day.

These cookies were made last month, during that manic period two weeks before Christmas when cookies seem to explode out of kitchens. One more batch of cookies brought to work right before Christmas blends in and disappears quickly; chocolate cookies the week after New Year’s might not be as welcome. Instead, I’m treating my coworkers to bran muffins today, just in case I’m not the only one craving a break from holiday excess.  We’ll eat cookies again soon enough.

Laurie and Julie chose these cookies for Tuesdays with Dorie’s third anniversary (birthday?), and the recipe is posted on the group’s website. Dorie recommends a long chilling step, but most members of the group found the cold dough was too hard to form into balls. A shorter chill time is probably sufficient.

One year ago: Cocoa-Buttermilk Birthday Cake
Two years ago: French Pear Tart


  1. They look really fudgy and delicious! I’m also glad to be back from traveling during the holidays…and back to the good ol’ routines! 🙂

  2. What pretty pictures of your crackles!

  3. Yum! I love that ribbon!

  4. these look so perfect for a gift bag for a party! yum!

  5. Jason says:

    So, did you like them?

  6. bridget says:

    Jason – I have other chocolate cookie recipes that I like better, but these were pretty good.

  7. Yum! And I’m so with you about loving my bed! Thanks for baking along.

  8. yes, it’s always good to be back at home. happy new year!

  9. These look wonderfully dark and rich. Were they?