There is comfort in tradition. LOTS of comfort. 🙂 As far back as I’ve carried a fondness for Mini-Cheesecakes , I’ve had an equal adoration for Chocolate Crinkle cookies. These two sweet treats went hand-in-hand over the years. Soft, chewy, Chocolate Crinkles used to be one of my mothers Christmas cookie staples. Notice I said, “used to be”. 😦
Over the past few years, my moms traditional Christmas cookie selection has changed a bit. She still makes a few of the old standby’s – Mexican Wedding Cakes, Spritz, Vanilla Fudge, Chocolate Fudge and a Molasses or Gingerbread Cookie, depending on which recipe is quicker to find! 😉 She seems to have replaced my beloved crinkles however with Biscotti and Chocolate Truffle Cookies….
LUCKILY, my sister has become quite the baker in her adult years and prepared a batch of Chocolate Crinkles this past Christmas. I could barely contain my excitement!! I was even more excited when she brought over a Christmas tin filled with crinkles, just for me, on Christmas morning! I may or may not have begged for her to bring me some. 😉 Best. Christmas. Gift. Ever. 🙂
If you’ve never tried these heavenly cookies, you really must get on it. The batter is rich and thick, similar to brownie batter. When baked, these chocolate cookies are moist and delicious. The one drawback to these cookies however is if they’re not stored properly, they go stale. Quickly. Of course Chocolate Crinkles rarely survive long enough in my presence to go stale! 😉
(courtesy Betty Crocker’s Cooky Book)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
4 sq. unsweetened chocolate (4 oz), melted
2 cups granulated sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
Mix oil, chocolate and granulated sugar. Blend in one egg at a time until well mixed. Add vanilla. Measure flour by dipping method or be sifting. Stir flour, baking powder, and salt into oil mixture. Chill several hours or overnight.
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Drop teaspoonfuls of dough into confectioners’ sugar. Roll in sugar; shape into balls. Place about 2-inches apart on greased baking sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutes. Do not overbake!
Makes about 6 dozen cookies.
Best wishes for 2013! May it be filled with the love of family and friends, cherished memories and fabulous food!