Saturday, December 20, 2008

chocolate crinkles.



How did I get so behind on my Christmas baking? Usually around this time of year I am a crazy baking machine, pumping out all sorts of festive cookies and spicy breads. Instead, I am all too behind on buying and wrapping presents, packing for going home for the holidays, and very slowly trying to put our all-too-messy home back together. It also doesn't help that there has been an unusual amount of snow and ice around town, resulting in poor driving conditions for Alice, my dear photographer, to make her way over to my house. And as much as I love the idea of baking during snowy weather, one will usually find me piled under soft blankets on the sofa, happily enjoying the beautiful view out the window.

Yesterday, though, snow was replaced by rain and higher temperatures, so I caught up a bit on some baking and Alice was able to make it over in the early evening to photograph my sweets. I ended up making a couple things that usually always make me think of this time of year: chocolate crinkle cookies and gingerbread cake (which will be blogged later this evening.) What I adore about these cookies is how they look like little hills covered in snow, just perfect for the holiday season. What I also love is just how very, very good they taste: chewy and deeply chocolatey, with a perfect texture and a wonderful sweetness from the sugar on top.

*Note: Keep in mind that these cookies take some time to chill. I recommend either making the dough early in the morning or late at night before going to bed.





Chocolate Crinkles: from All Recipes

Ingredients:

1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar

Directions:

In a medium bowl, mix together cocoa, white sugar, and vegetable oil. Beat in eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt; stir into the cocoa mixture. Cover dough, and chill for at least 4 hours.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Roll dough into one inch balls. Coat each ball in confectioners' sugar before placing onto prepared cookie sheets.

Bake in preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes. Let stand on the cookie sheet for a minute before transferring to wire racks to cool.

14 comments:

jill elise said...

OH, these are family favorites! I posted the same recipe (but gluten-free - http://www.heythattastesgood.com/2008/12/chocolate-crinkles.html) last week, this recipe has been our family recipe forever. Yum!

Stephanie said...

Just managed to stumble on over here and I have to say: love love LOVE the blog. Love reading about the beauty of Portland, love the pretty pictures, love the soup and baked goods! Hooray bread and honey!

Tracee said...

Now I know what I'm doing on this cold , snowy Solstice morning! They look great.

jek-a-go-go said...

oh yay! i bake these every year at Christmas also! I add a healthy does of black pepper and cayenne. Soo good! Making the dough tonight! Will you be in California this season?

Summer (designismine) said...

Jessica : yes, I will! We're off tomorrow for 10 days. Shall I email you and see if we can get together?

msfiend said...

I'm going to weigh 9 million tons before the holidays are over, and I will blame this blog! ;)

cinderelly said...

these are one of my very favorite cookies. i did a post about your blog and linked to it with a post on your pumpkin scones after i made some...they were awesome!

Ashley said...

Hmm, I just baked these and mine don't have the pretty cracks on top. Wonder what I did wrong?

Claire said...

I love these. They are part of my regular holiday cookie rotation.

Sarah said...

Yum! I've got them in the refrigerator now. Hope you don't mind...I did a little "shout out" to you on my latest post.
Sarah
Vintage Lily
www.vintagelily.typepad.com

ReminisceHeirlooms said...

Too funny. I have never met anyone who makes these and calls them the same as I... my recipe is the same with pecans. yum oh.

Jessica said...

I've had this recipe saved in my bloglines just waiting for the time to make them. Today I finally had the time!! Delish! I can tell you that the rest of my yoga class will hate you tomorrow when I whip these out after class:).

Marie-Eve said...

Oh, inspiring...

Misty said...

I make these but add mint extract. They are one of my favs!