Thursday, August 19, 2010

"C" is for Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

In continuation of our alphabet service projects, this week we made Chocolate Crinkle Cookies to take to our friends Carl and Charlotte (and the mom of the family, Shannon).  These cookies are so fudgy and sweet with the dusting of powdered sugar, and the use of coconut oil (which is not necessary, of course, you could use just canola oil) added just a twinge of coconut flavor that I thought was wonderful.
The only challenging part is that you can't just bake up a batch in an hour, because the dough requires chilling time.  But if you plan ahead, they're quite easy and fun to make with the kids. 

Recipe:  adapted from One Lovely Life

3/4 cup oil (I used coconut oil)
3/4 cup cocoa
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
2 t. vanilla
1/2 t. salt
2 t. baking powder
2 cups flour
1-1/2 cups powdered sugar

Mix oil, cocoa, and sugar until it's the consistency of wet sand.  Add in eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each.  Stir in vanilla, salt, and baking powder.  Sift in flour and stir to combine.

Cover and chill for at least 2 hours!

Form into 1" balls and roll in powdered sugar.  Place on baking sheets covered with parchment paper.

Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes - I found 8 minutes was best in my oven.

Cookies may still look slightly doughy - don't overbake!  When the cookies are set enough to move, transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Makes about 4.5-5 dozen

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