Thanks, Overdue

Who knew it could be so difficult to just say ‘thank you’? After sending me not one, but two sourdough starters, a serious display of gratitude was definitely required, and yet it took me weeks to get off my ass and make it happen. Even then, after lovingly baking up a batch of cookies and sending them off on their journey to Bazu‘s home, the weeks continued to fly by without word of their arrival. The days crept on, and I couldn’t help but worry- Had they simply gotten lost in the mail? Should I spoil the surprise and ask if they had come?

Somehow I managed to keep my mouth shut, waiting and wondering in silence. It was when I finally stepped away from the computer a bit in Portland that a message finally popped up in my inbox, releasing me from my agony. Thank goodness, the cookies had made it after all! Silly me, I just hadn’t anticipated that she might have been traveling at that time. I’m just glad that they weren’t swallowed up by the heartless postal system, and I hope they weren’t too stale by the time they could be eaten…!

So, about these cookies. Trying to avoid chocolate chunks that might melt in transit, I opted instead for a chocolate-flavored cookie, since you can hardly go wrong with the gift of chocolate-anything. Riffing off the basic concept of a snickerdoodle, I rolled the large balls of dough in a mixture of cinnamon sugar, creating what I like to call a choco-doodle. With a pleasingly crunchy texture from the sugar outside and soft and chewy on the inside, these are a perfect ‘thank you’ gift. …Just make sure the recipient is home to get them while they’re still fresh!

I used this excellent recipe for snickerdoodles, and simply used 1/2 cup cocoa powder in place of 1/2 cup of the flour. Easy as can be!


26 thoughts on “Thanks, Overdue

  1. What a great idea to make chocolate snickerdoodles! I’d never heard of snickerdoodles until about 8 years ago when I baked 3 different kinds of cookies for a baseball team. When my favorite player asked me if I’d brought snickerdoodles and said they were his favorite cookie, I looked them up. It’s been my most requested recipe ever since! I’ll definitely give the chocolate snickerdoodle a try. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. these look awesome! and perfect! and wonderful! and i already mentioned awesome, huh?! aw, hell – i can say it twice! they look awesome! :)

  3. Looks yummy! I actually have a friend that doesn’t like chocolate. It’s hard to fathom, but she gets a chemical taste in her mouth when she eats chocolate. For as long as I have known her (middle school), I never make her any chocolate treats.

  4. Beautiful “thank you” present! They look delicious but what do you recommend instead of chocolate powder? Even if you don’t believe, I don’t like chocolate :)

    If you had dared to send something like this here in Spain it had become lost for sure! Our postal service is the worst ever…

    P.S. Miss your crafts, hope you post some soon =)

  5. I’ve never received thank you cookies. I need to go out and help some people all the while dropping hints about repayment through chocodoodles.

  6. They look great!
    Does anyone know where the name ‘Snickerdoodles’ comes from? It’s not something I’ve come across in the UK.

  7. Thank you again! I love the texture of these cookies- as you said, crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. I enjoyed these with tea… yum!

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