Merciful God, You are great in compassion and Your tenderness for us is without measure. We ask You to give us today our daily bread, and also provide for the needs of all of Your hungry children around the world. Through Christ Your Son and Our Lord. Amen.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies -- Thumbs Up

Today was a bit of a food marathon. Three markets (long checkout lines) and two batches of cookies. I'm whipped. My feet hurt.

One of the cookies batches was Chocolate Crinkles. I actually made the dough yesterday and refrigerated it. It benefits from a long chill, so the dough was great. These pictures make the cookies look a little flat, but they aren't. They are perfect. Chocolate Crinkles are much like a brownie, in a couple little bites. The powdered sugar covering is a good balance with the dark chocolate cookie. This recipe is from an old Better Homes and Gardens Chocolate cookbook, but you can find the recipe all over the Net. I substitute 3 T. cocoa and 1 T. oil for each of the chocolate squares (total of 3/4 c. cocoa and 1/4 c. oil) because I just like the texture better -- I think they stay softer. Make sure you don't over bake these babies -- you definitely don't want these to be crisp.

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

1/2 cup vegetable oil
4 squares of unsweetened chocolate, melted (or see substitution above)
2 cups granulated sugar
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup powdered sugar

Mix oil, melted chocolate and granulated sugar (or oil, cocoa and sugar is substituting).
Blend in one egg at a time until well mixed.
Add vanilla.
Mix dry ingredients into oil mixture.
Cover and chill dough for several hours or overnight.

Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Roll dough by rounded teaspoonsful into balls (it's helpful to lightly oil your palms).
Roll dough in powdered sugar.
Place about 2 inches apart on a greased baking sheet (or parchment).

Bake about 10 minutes.
Let cool one minute and cool on racks.

Sprinkle with additional powdered sugar while cooling.

Yields about 5 dozen.
Store in an airtight container. They freeze fine.

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