Cookies are a fantastic treat to make for Christmas, either for gift giving or just as delicious indulgences around the house. While chocolate chip cookies are often popular, this season calls for something a little more festive. One of the best homemade Christmas cookie recipes is for something called a chocolate crinkle. Otherwise known as a crackle cookie, crinkles are beautiful to look at, simple to make, and scrumptious to eat. With a snow-like crust and moist cocoa interior they are sure to become a favorite at your house.
The best thing about crinkles is how easy it is to put them together. Chances are you already have the ingredients in your pantry. Gather together unsweetened cocoa powder, sugar, butter, eggs, vanilla, baking powder, a little salt, and some powdered sugar. If you like a little kick to your cookies you might want to consider bringing instant espresso powder into the mix. The exact measurements can be found on SimplyLoveFood.blog.com, and the recipe makes about three-dozen cookies.
A hand or stand mixer is required to make these fudgy balls of goodness. Use it to cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time until incorporated, and then add the vanilla. Once combined slowly pour in the cocoa powder to avoid a chocolate dust bath.
In a separate bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Slowly add this flour mix to the cocoa mix. It will be quite thick and very sticky so be patient and mix at a slow pace.
Cover the dough and let sit in the fridge for four hours, or overnight if possible.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and prepare two cookie sheets with parchment or a Silpat. Scoop out dough and roll into one-inch size balls. Then, roll the chocolate balls in powdered sugar until coated and place on cookie sheet. Continue until all dough is used and bake for 10-12 minutes, checking often. Let cool on a rack, and then consume with fervor!