Monday, December 23, 2013

Chocolate Crinkles

These are an old fashioned cookie favorite that I remember my Mom and Aunt Janice making every year for the holidays.  I haven't personally made them in years, but recently when Jessy and I were Christmas shopping we decide to have lunch at a Panera Bread. After lunch we decide to get one of their big cookies from the bakery to split and decided to get one that looked delicious on one of their add boards... a chocolate crinkle. Unfortunately the line was too long so we skipped dessert but it made me crave chocolate crinkles, so we decide to add them to our holiday baking list.

Chocolate Crinkles
1/4 cup vegetable oil
4 sq. unsweetened chocolate (4 oz.) melted
2 cups granulated sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup confectioners' sugar (powdered)

Directions - Mix oil, melted chocolate, and granulated sugar.  Blend in one egg at a time until well mixed.  Add vanilla.  Stir in sifted flour, baking powder, and salt to oil mixture. Chill several hours or overnight (dough is a little sticky).  Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Drop by teaspoonfuls of dough into powdered sugar and roll to coat and shape into balls. Place about 2" apart on greased baking sheet.  Bake 10 to 12 minutes.  Do not overbake! Makes about 6 doz. cookies.

I pulled out my vintage Betty Crocker cookie book and found the recipe.  It is a great recipe book, filled with all the classic cookie recipes that I remember having as a kid. I got my cookie book as a gift when I got married 26 years ago from my Mom and have been using it ever since!  She has one that is even older than mine, the pages are worn and yellowed with baking love :).  


I love my vintage Betty Crocker Cookie book!


My cookbook  has batter splatters and worn pages, 
and lots of happy baking memories!  It is filled with classic cookie
 favorites and even though now I use the internet a lot for new recipes to try, 
I love the classics that remind me of my childhood, and baking with my Mom!


I didn't have unsweetened baking chocolate but the back 
of my cocoa container tells how to make the equivalent of a 
1 oz. square of chocolate. This was a great substitution!

 

For a 1 oz. square of chocolate mix 3 TBS. Cocoa with 1 TBS. oil


Mix dough, chill really well, and roll in balls.  Dough will be a little sticky.
Roll in powdered sugar and place on cookie sheet to bake


Bake in a 350 degree oven for 


Yummy!


These are a great cookie for the chocoholic, they are a little crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside... make sure not to over bake!

These cookies make a great addition to our holiday cookie plates and it is one of those classic cookie treats that everyone remembers and loves.  These are the perfect cookie to serve up with a steaming mug of hot cocoa after some sledding or snowman making this winter!

Taking a trip down memory lane,
Sandy