Christmas Cookie Recipe: Chocolate Wafer Cookies
Sometimes less is more and this chocolate wafer cookies recipe is a prime example of this truth. These chocolate cookies have simple, pure chocolate flavor without being complicated by chunks of anything.
Their rich chocolate deliciousness is marvelous served as a Christmas cookie, as a crunchy topper for ice cream, or as a crust for pies and cheesecake. Despite how they appear in this picture, these are thin cookies — only slightly taller than Christmas cutouts.
The recipe for these chocolate wafer cookies belonged to one of my distant cousins. I remember her serving them when my grandmother and I visited many years ago. She was a talented baker and my family still makes many of her Christmas cookie recipes every holiday season.
Her original recipe includes a cup of crushed nuts of an unspecified type and a sprinkling of sugar. I forgo both options since I cannot remember any nuts in the cookies she served us and the dough is perfectly sweetened as it is. This is exactly how I remember them, so why change a good thing!
Chocolate Wafer Cookies
From the Kitchen of Arlene Millheim Rader, 1909 – 1989
- 3 cups flour
- 2 cups sugar
- ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 ½ cup butter, room temperature
- 6 TBS whole milk or evaporated milk
- sugar for sprinkling over cookies, optional
Yield: 9 dozen chocolate wafer cookies.
Preheat the oven to 300°. Line your baking pans with parchment paper.
Sift the dry ingredients together. Add the milk and butter and blend with an electric mixer to form thick dough.
Shape the cookie dough into three rolls and wrap them tightly with plastic wrap. Refrigerate the cookie dough for about 20 minutes.
Remove one roll of cookie dough from the refrigerator and slice it into thin cookies (approximately 3/16″ thick). Place the cookie slices on parchment lined baking pans. Return any unused cookie dough to the refrigerator between batches.
Optional: sprinkle each cookie slice with a tiny dusting of sugar or skip this step.
Bake at 300° for 15 minutes.
With a spatula, carefully place the chocolate wafer cookies on lint-free towels to cool. Continue this process until all of the cookies are baked.
Store these chocolate wafer cookies in an airtight food storage container for up to three weeks. Enjoy!