Chocolate rum crinkles are something that I love to make during the holidays. For Thanksgiving, I made these Down Home Pumpkin Crinkle Cookies and they were a hit. So I know for Christmas these will be just as popular. If you love chocolate with a hint of rum mixed in you will enjoy these just as much as my family does.
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Both Chocolate and Rum are Children of the Caribbean
So they get on rather well. Sugar cane – which is the main ingredient in rum – is affected by where it’s grown, just like cocoa beans. Therefore high percentage, single-origin chocolates often complement the flavors within rum. Caramel milk chocolate is also delicious to enjoy with rum.
Other Chocolate and Alcohol Pairing Tips
- Use high-quality alcohol and chocolate. No amount of chocolate is going to save a cheap, nasty spirit.
- Pay attention to the flavors and aromas of your favorite drinks, and try and guess which type of chocolate would compliment them.
- When in doubt, go for similar (smoky and smoky) and contrasting (sweet and bitter) flavors.
- Listen to your taste buds. Your perfect match might be something out of the ordinary.
Facts & the Tales of Rum
The story of a spirit is often the most engrossing part of partaking in the drink. Not only do you get to partake on a delicious beverage, but you can be taken through history and learn about the way of life of a people and sometimes even a generation. Sometimes it’s an inspiring, silly tale. Then there’s a dullness about it. Maybe it is not an accident that one of the most famous rum drinks is called the Dark ‘N Stormy. Rum’s history isn’t an easy or beautiful one, but it is an essential part of societies background. If we didn’t have rum, I’m not sure how New England would have turned out. What their main export and import currency would have been to really stimulate their achievement in the New World.
Sugar cane was first grown in New Guinea. The first fermented sugar cane was as early as ~350 BC in India. However, back then these fermented drinks were normally used for medical purposes. Jumping to the 1400s, where the explorers we all learned about in grade school started opening up the world’s trade routes through their explorations. As remote islands began to be discovered, so was a perfect climate for growing sugar cane. Like spices of that time, Sugar was highly valued on the trade route, yet it required incredible manpower and water.
Ridiculously Good Chocolate Rum Crinkles Recipe
- 2 cups flour
- 2 tsps Baking Powder
- ½ tsp Kosher Salt
- 1 cup Dark Hershey Cocoa Powder
- 4 large eggs
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ cup canola oil
- 2 tbsp Captain Morgan Rum
- ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- Using a medium bowl, whisk in the flour, baking powder, salt, and cocoa powder together
- Using a large bowl, beat the eggs and sugar until combined
- Mix in the oil and rum until combined
- Gradually mix in the dry ingredients until combined
- Fold in the chocolate chips
- Cover with plastic wrap and place into the fridge for an hour
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line two cookie sheets with parchment paper
- Using a small bowl, pour the powdered sugar into it
- Using a small ice cream scooper, scoop out some dough and roll it into a ball
- Coat the cookie dough in the powdered sugar
- Place onto the cookie sheet
- Place about 11 more cookie balls onto the tray
- Bake in the oven for about 8-10 minutes or until the cookies are puffy and firm around the edges
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before moving to a wire rack
- Allow to cool completely before enjoying!