We’ve been having game night lately in my circle of friends.
It started off as a holiday exchange game brought in several board games that we couldn’t wait to try out. A little friendly competition can’t hurt, right?
Well now it’s become an all-out boys versus girls war.
Three times in the past month, we’ve rolled up our sleeves, put on our game faces, and have played Taboo and Cranium until the wee hours of the morning. The losing team is never satisfied with the result and the winning team can’t help but be greedy for more bragging rights.
Two game nights ago the girls lost for the first time to the boys in Taboo. Unheard of! Girls are better communicators, aren’t they? Better at using their words? But, alas, the stars aligned in the boys’ favor at the end of the night.
So I came up with a new strategy. Bring irresistible cookies to stuff the boys’ mouths with. Give them a distraction that they’ll never see coming. A sneak attack. A modern-day Trojan Horse.
And I give you Exhibit A.
A cookie Boy and I first discovered at Panera the night before this fated Game Night #3. A cookie Boy fell in love with and happily munched on while I was secretly plotting. I had found the cookie to make them weak in the knees, defenseless from the fudgy chocolate with a crunchy outer layer and a gentle dusting of powdered sugar! These came together in just an hour from start to cooled so they were easily made while Boy finished up some work at the hospital before we were off to the Games. (By the way, I’ve also been reading the Hunger Games series – I’m on book #2 – and so I’ve gotten even more competitive. What a great read!) And as the boys downed the cookies the girls steered clear. Perhaps they knew my strategy. Perhaps they were just watching their figures. But at the end of the night, the girls were again crowned victorious and that’s all that matters.
As one teammate put it, swinging her arms in a happy march/run motion and in a sing-song voice, “We are awe-some! We are awe-some!”
If you’re looking for a cookie to stop traffic with its delicious chocolate-y-ness, one simple to make with ingredients you likely already have on hand, this is the cookie for you.
If you’re looking to win Game Night, this is the cookie for you.
If you’re just looking for an awesome cookie, this is the cookie for you.
Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
adapted from Williams-Sonoma
Makes 24-30 cookies.
- 1/2 c confectioner’s sugar in a bowl, set aside
- 1 2/3 c all-purpose flour
- 1/2 c unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 c (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 1/4 c sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt.
Using a stand or hand mixer, cream butter and sugar together for 3 minutes on medium speed. Add eggs one at a time, mixing for one minute after each addition. Add vanilla and beat thoroughly. Switching to low speed, add in flour mixture. Beat until just combined, scraping down sides of the bowl as needed.
Take teaspoonfuls of dough and roll into a ball. Roll in powdered sugar to coat and place on prepared sheets approximately 2 inches apart. Bake sheets one at a time for 10-12 minutes. Cool on sheet for five minutes, then move to wire rack. Continue with remaining dough.
Do you have Game Night? What do you play? What do you eat?