An Obsession with All Things Handmade and Home-Cooked

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!

Author: Hannah (BitterSweet)

Author of My Sweet Vegan, Vegan Desserts, Vegan a la Mode, and Easy as Vegan Pie.

26 thoughts on “Thanks, Overdue

  1. What a lovely batch of cookies – a perfect “thank you” present, for sure!!

  2. A chocolate snickerdoodle? Just THINKING about it has me feeling like I’ve died and gone to heaven!

  3. Some say “say it with flowers”, I say, “say it with cookies”.

  4. 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!

  5. Love their rustic look!

  6. Wow-these look delicious! I can’t wait to make them!

  7. I have a feeling I would love cocoa-doodles!

  8. Yum! They look delicious!!

  9. What a great thank you gift! They look delicious!

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

  11. i would like to dunk these in coffee.
    right now, i mean.

  12. Hmm.. i want some of these cookies with my milk now. :P

  13. 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.

  14. 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 =)

  15. 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.

  16. Baked goods are always a great way to say Thank you!

  17. Mmmm chocolatey snickerdoodles! They look delicious. What a sweet surprise for your friend. :)

  18. mmmmm…these look awesome :)

  19. Lovely cookies, and what a wonderful way to say thank you! So, is there anything I can do for you? :)

  20. Quite simply divine! Yum!!!!

  21. Good thinking on the non-melting chocolate! Those look crackly & perfect.

  22. Yum! I’ve been making Peanut Butter Snickerdoodles myself!

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

  24. I love the idea of choco-doodles…lol!

  25. They look so good! I’m gonna try making them tonight for our termite-collecting trip!

  26. 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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