With 2013 near its final days, I thought I’d share a new recipe I tried this Christmas. Traditionally, my sibling, mom, and I make cut out sugar cookies and thumbprints for our cookie lineup, but this year I was enticed by this gorgeous recipe. The cookies are deliciously chocolatey, yet not over-indulgent. They also require no decorating, since they’re rolled in powdered sugar! To change things up a bit (and lighten up the holiday butter-load) I chose a recipe with less butter, and substitute partial whole wheat pastry flour. This IS the superior crinkle!
Chocolate Crinkles (Sneakily better-for-you!)
Inspired by Julievr on Babble.com
- 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cups whole wheat pastry flour
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (I used hersheys)
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
- 2 large eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
Powdered sugar, for rolling
Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a medium bowl cream the butter and sugars until fluffy and light, about 3 minutes. Do not skip this! It is crucial in cookie-making. Add the eggs, vanilla, and stir until well blended, then dry ingredients and mix again.
At first it will seem like there isn’t enough liquid, but it will come together. You may need to get in there with your hands – don’t be afraid to! Form the dough into a ball, slab, whatever and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
Take the dough out of the fridge. Put some icing sugar in a shallow bowl and line a baking tray with parchment. Sprinkle some powdered sugar on the parchment, too. Roll the dough into walnut-sized balls and roll the balls in icing sugar to coat; be sure to cover them well, it makes them look much prettier. Place an inch or two apart on the cookie sheets.
Bake for 12-14 minutes, until set around the edges but still soft in the middle. Be sure not to over bake them! In fact, they are better a bit under, so they say soft and chewy in the center. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Makes about 2 dozen cookies.
Serve warm with a glass of milk or egg nog.
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