Thursday, July 19, 2012

Christmas Cookies - Chocolate Crinkles


Don't these look festive?

And they taste like little brownie bites!

4  eggs
1-3/4   granulated sugar
4  ounces  unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled slightly
1/2  c  cooking oil
2  t  baking powder
2  t  vanilla
2  c all-purpose flour
2/3  cup powdered sugar           
 In a large bowl, combine eggs, granulated sugar, melted chocolate, oil, baking powder, and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until combined, scraping side of bowl occasionally. Gradually beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour. Divide dough in half. Cover and chill for 2 to 24 hours or until dough is easy to handle.      
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease a large cookie sheet; set aside. Place powdered sugar in a small bowl. Shape one portion of dough into 1/2-inch balls. Shape the remaining portion of dough into 1-inch balls. Roll balls in powdered sugar to coat generously. Place balls 1 inch apart on prepared cookie sheet.  
Bake small cookies in the preheated oven about 8 minutes or until edges are set and tops are dry. Bake large cookies about 10 minutes or until edges are set and tops are dry. Do not over bake cookies. Transfer cookies to a wire rack; let cool. (Cookies will deflate slightly upon cooling.) Makes about 72 small and 36 large cookies.

Notes:  I don't bother to make two sizes.  I just make them all the same size and try not to nibble on  the warm cookies