C is for Cookie

Chocolate CrinklesAnd also for Christmas and Chocolate Crinkles! Coincidence? I think not.

I’ve gotten permission from my cousin Kate to share her mom’s recipe for our family’s favorite Christmas cookie. I think this is a pretty standard holiday cookie, and I don’t know how Aunt Anne’s recipe differs from others — all I know is, these are the tastiest version of these cookies that I have ever eaten.

Chocolate Crinkles

yields approx. six dozen

4 one-ounce squares unsweetened baking chocolate

1/2 cup vegetable oil

2 cups granulated sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla

4 eggs

2 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup confectioner’s sugar

Preheat oven to 350°.

Melt chocolate,* combine with oil, vanilla, and sugar. Add eggs one at a time and blend well after each addition. Mix in the flour, salt, and baking powder.

Chill overnight.

The next day, form into one-inch balls and roll thoroughly in the confectioner’s sugar.

Bake for ten minutes. Do not overbake.

I repeat, do not overbake. These cookies must be soft and chewy to offer maximum deliciousness. Overbaking can result in tragically diminished sugar-coated hockey pucks.

* I’m not a devotee of the old-school manner of melting chocolate on the stove in a double-boiler. I microwave it for about two minutes and it comes out perfectly melty and not burnt at all.


Updated March 2012 to put in a nicer photo, from 2011’s Christmas cookie baking.

7 thoughts on “C is for Cookie

  1. randomduck December 24, 2007 / 8:34 pm

    Yum! Must make these once we get back to DC – and have you over to test them for ultimate quality assurance.

    Happy Christmas!

  2. Fran December 24, 2007 / 9:00 pm

    Sweetpea, I am DULY chastened …. I do LOVE Crinkles … and LOTS of other Christmas cookies … I am quilty of TRIPLE dipping in the tin of homemade fudge today while I was helping in our mailroom. HOW could I possibly have asked you to “pass” on the baking. Would be better to sacrifice some sleep than sacrifice cookies. Mea Cupla! LOVE YOU, Auntie Fran

  3. Shannon December 24, 2007 / 10:42 pm

    The Holy Grail of cookie recipes!!! Woo hoo!!!!

    Believe it or not, I did bake cookies this year (my mom’s ginger snap recipe) and they did come out great. Honest!

    I’ll have to give this a try this weekend.

  4. Mom December 15, 2008 / 6:51 am

    I am actually printing it off; my recipe card is about as old as Sarah, I think, and barely legible — lots of scratch ‘n sniff on it too!

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