Friday, October 8, 2010

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

There is just about always fresh cookies in the house. Hubby likes them for his work lunches, and I like making them for him. He is a simple guy, and usually likes just plain old chocolate chip cookies. However, with all of my cookbooks, and blog following, I want to change it up from time to time. Hubby is fine with that, and we do usually end up going back to the old standby of chocolate chip.
This week at my internship worksite, someone brought in the staff pizza and cookies. I chose a huge chocolate crinkle cookie, and at that moment knew I had to make some of my own at home.
I searched and searched my cookbooks for a recipe to no avail. My mom makes something similar around Christmas time, but the recipe must be over at her house. Off to the internet I went. I searched "krinkle" and "crinkle" and came up with loads of recipes. Some included melted chocolate, some required refrigeration time, some had good reviews and some had mixed reviews. After looking at a few I knew that I wanted one that used cocoa powder instead of melted chocolate and preferred to find one that didn't require any refrigeration time because I prefer to start and finish a recipe in one standing.
Enter here the Williams-Sonoma website. I have a few of their cookbooks, of which I am very very pleased with. This recipe had great reviews (I love the recipe websites that let people review them. SOOOOO helpful!). And the weird thing is - I followed the recipe EXACTLY this time. Crazy, huh? They are delicious. Hubby even enjoys them in his lunch. Win-win! They are definitely going on my Christmas cookie list.

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies makes 24-30 cookies
(recipe from Williams-Sonoma)

1/2 c. powdered sugar (you may need just a bit more)
1 2/3 c. all purpose flour
1/2 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/4 c. granulated sugar
2 eggs
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease two cookie sheets.
Put the powdered sugar into a bowl and set aside- a cereal bowl works great for this.
In another bowl, mix together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt.
Now, in a large bowl, or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter and granulated sugar until it's nice and creamy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in the vanilla.
Gently mix in the flour mixture until it's all combined.
Using a tablespoon, or a melon baller, scoop out the cookie dough and roll it into balls. Put the balls in the bowl of powdered sugar, a few at a time, and roll them around until completely coated. The powdered sugar does seem to stick better when the dough is cool. Place the powdered sugar covered cookie dough balls (they look like donut holes) on the cookie sheet, a couple inches apart and bake for 10 to 12 minutes until they have puffed and cracked.
Let them sit on the cookie sheet for just a moment, then move to a cooling rack to finish cooling. Enjoy!

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  1. Oh, you should have asked...I have some GREAT recipes for this. My mom used to make them all the time. My favorite (something I'll post someday) is 1 tub of cool whip, 2 cake mixes, and 3 eggs...that's it! Roll the dough in powdered sugar, and you've got a cookie with the texture of a brownie but the taste of fudge cake. Yum.

  2. Love, love, love these!
    I made some a couple of christmases ago and used espresso powder and rolled them in cocoa powder.. they were to die for.

    your pic of the cookies is yummy!!!

  3. Have not had these in ages, thanks for the reminder and the great recipe.

  4. I've been in a cookie rut myself lately - these were just the inspiration I needed today!

  5. Thanks for reminding me of these and for sharing such a yummy recipe. I remember them from family Christmases years ago, but have not had them in ages! Yours look beautiful by the way!!

  6. i love these cookies too..but haven't made them myself before. they look yummmmmmy! i thought it so sweet when you husband likes them, and i like making them for him.
    thank you for linking this recipe up to tuesday night supper club!

  7. These cookies have always been a favorite of mine. I like the fact that your recipe doesn't call for melted chocolate like a lot of others do. That means it'll definitely be possible for me to make these. Great recipe.

  8. What a great cookie!! I love these for Christmas boxes. Thanks for sharing with us at the hearth and soul hop!

  9. I don't know what rock I've been sleeping under, but I've never heard of crinkle cookies! They sure look gorgeous, thanks for sharing with the Hearth and Soul hop.

  10. These look very similar to a lemon cookie we love. I'll have to try these!

  11. I have never seen "crinkle cookies" before - they look gorgeous - thanks for sharing them.
    Sue :-)

  12. Stacia! These cookies are so super duper wonderful! I love when you put cookies in the oven that look one way and alakazam they transform to look completely different! Very cool and love how you researched what you wanted and made it happen! Thanks for sharing on the hearth and soul hop this week. Alex@amoderatelife