Autumn Recipes: X is for X-shaped Chocolate Cookies

Yeah, I know, it’s not very autumnal. But you try coming up with foods that begin with the letter X and then combine them to create an edible creation.

There was xanthareel, a yellow eel used in medicinal foods, and xanthan gum, which is produced from the fermentation of corn sugar (it’s commonly used as a thickener in foods such as yogurt, sour cream and salad dressings), but neither struck me as the basis for family-friendly recipes. So, I got a bit creative and went for another interpretation: X-shaped treats.

The following recipe for playful chocolate cookies molded in the shape of Xs and Os can be served up at a Halloween party (kids can use them to play tic-tac-toe) or as a lunchbox treat (xoxo—hugs and kisses from mom).

X and O Shaped Chocolate Cookies


2/3 cup butter, softened

1 cup white sugar

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 tablespoons light corn syrup

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup Cocoa Powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt


In a large bowl mix butter, sugar and vanilla with an electric mixer set on medium speed until fluffy. Add eggs; mix well. Add in corn syrup.

Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Gradually add to butter mixture, mixing until well blended. Cover; refrigerate until dough is firm enough to handle.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Shape dough into X and O shapes. For X shape: roll a teaspoon of dough into a 3-inch log. Place 1 log on cookie sheet; press lightly in center. Place another 3-inch log on top of first one, forming X shape. To shape Os: Roll out teaspoon of dough into a 5-inch log. Connect ends, pressing lightly, forming O shape.

Place on ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake 5 minutes. Remove cookies and place on wire rack. Cool completely.

Decorate with icing if desired.

Makes about 5 dozen cookies.

Michele Cheplic writes about red-hot celebrities in POP CULTURE, fiery topics in PARENTS, sizzling recipes in FOOD, calorie burning exercises in FITNESS, and hot new kid-friendly crafts in FUN. Check out all of her articles here.

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Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.