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While we’re getting our costumes and candy ready for Halloween, it seems like Thanksgiving is around the corner and Christmas is only weeks away. One of my favorite holiday traditions is baking all kinds of cookies – LOTS of them. It’s so nice to have goodies ready for company or to take to a gathering and an easy way to be prepared is to start now. My friend Miranda of Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt has a cookie cookbook coming out at the end of this month and I’m so excited to be sharing one of her recipes today. It’s this pin for Chocolate Crinkle Cookies. I remember these as Chocolate Snowball Cookies. They’re rich and chocolatey with a snowy dusting of powdered sugar.
Miranda even made a great tutorial video on how easy they are.
As a special bonus, she’s doing a GIVEAWAY for her new Easy Homemade Cookie Cookbook! Check out the Pintesting review and then enter below to win a copy. If you can’t wait, you can pre-order a copy right now by clicking here.
Chocolate Crinkle Cookies – take 1:
The Ingredients are basic chocolate cookie ingredients with one exception; I don’t recall ever making cookies with oil. There’s a first time for everything.
First, mix the dry ingredients.
Next, cream the sugars and fats until fluffy then add the eggs and vanilla.
I thought it looked a little loose, but since I’ve never made this kind of cookie before I just went with it.
Next, add the dry ingredients.
I thought this looked more like brownie batter than cookie dough. Still, I continued on.
I scooped and dropped it into powdered sugar to coat the “dough” but my bowl was too small and the dough/batter spread. *sigh*
I transferred the powdered sugar to a larger, more shallow bowl. This helped with the coating but not the texture. Not one to quit, I trayed and baked them. The cookies spread a lot so I chilled the remainder of the dough/batter and that helped a bit with the handling but they baked with the same results.
The flavor was delicious! I packaged them and shared with several friends who thought they were wonderful.
They tasted like brownie cookies but I was not happy. I reviewed the recipe for the umpteenth time and watched the video until the jingle played in my dreams. My cookies weren’t right and I couldn’t give proper Pintesting results like this. It required a remake. *Darn* The things I do for this blog. . .
Chocolate Crinkle Cookies – take 2:
The next day I made the cookies again. I checked and re-checked the measurements on all of the ingredients multiple times before starting. One thing that I did differently – I sifted the dry ingredients; first the cocoa powder to get out all of the clumps, then the lot in order to ensure that everything was combined thoroughly. See the difference?
Next, I creamed the sugars and fats, added the eggs and vanilla, and finally mixed in the dry ingredients. (Very déjà vu.)
Now, THIS looks like cookie dough! I wish I knew exactly where the first batch went off, but it was obviously human error.
The chocolate dough was scooped, covered in powdered sugar, trayed, and baked.
They turned out perfectly. My scoop size might be a smidge bigger than the one that Miranda used for her cookies as mine made fewer and look larger than her video and pictures. Nobody seemed to mind an extra bite.
These would be a hit for any holiday gathering. They are moist enough to ship or travel well, too – perfect for gift giving.
***Update: WE HAVE A WINNER! Congratulations to M. Linney.***
I spent some time reviewing the Easy Homemade Cookie Cookbook; thumbing through the recipes, checking out the varieties, seeing how easy, complicated, and clear the instructions are, etc. This is DEFINITELY a keeper! With over 150 cookie recipes to try, I’m sure you’ll find new favorites. They’re well categorized and I can’t wait to try more of them.
If you want a chance win a copy of the Easy Homemade Cookie Cookbook, just leave a comment below and let me know your favorite cookie. That’s it! The winner will have the cookbook sent to you once it’s released. And remember, you can pre-order yours here. They make great gifts!
The Pintesting Results:
Overall Results: 4.85 Pins
Accuracy: These Chocolate Crinkle Cookies, when made correctly, are exactly like I remember the chocolate snowball cookies of my childhood. The chocolate has a richness that’s fudgy and brownie-like. The powdered sugar gives the crinkly snow effect. 5 Pins
Difficulty: These really are not hard to make (assuming you measure the ingredients properly) and would be a great cookie to make with kids. 5 Pins
Time: It did take longer than the listed 12-14 minutes of bake time since there are too many cookies to bake at one time. It took me 45 minutes from start to finish so I’m giving this 4 Pins.
Cost: All of the ingredients are basic to most kitchens, or kitchens that bake often, and none are overly expensive. My total cost per cookie was roughly 10 cents. 5 Pins
Practicality: Don’t wait until the holidays to make these Chocolate Crinkle Cookies. They’re delicious any time of the year. A friend said she does a 50/50 mixture of powdered sugar and cocoa powder to roll the cookies in to lessen the sugar and up the flavor. I’m also going to try adding a bit of instant espresso powder the next time I make them – just because. 5 Pins