Friday, December 16, 2011

On the Fourth Day of Christmas Cookies

Some family traditions are really silly.  For example, I don't know why we only make these chocolaty, sugary bites of Heaven at Christmastime in our family, but for some reason it's the only time we do.  Especially since literally EVERYONE loves these cookies!!  And with a household that swells from 4 to 8 at Christmas, that's really sayin' something!! 

But I have a confession to make - this is not the recipe my mom uses (gasp!) 
Sorry mom! 

Our "family's" recipe always seems to get crumbly or stale or whatever you want to call it quite quickly, even though they don't stick around very long.  Frustrating!!  Then I tasted this version at a baby shower many moons ago and had to admit - they were definitely better - so I switched!!  Either way, Chocolate Crinkles remain one of my all-time favorite holiday treats.  But don't take my word for it.  See for yourself!

Chocolate Crinkles

1 ½ sticks butter, melted
½ C cocoa powder
1 C sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
2 C flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
1 6 oz. Bag chocolate chips
¾ C powdered sugar

In a large bowl, mix melted butter, cocoa and sugar.  Beat in eggs and vanilla.  In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients, except chocolate chips and powdered sugar.  Slowly add wet mixture to dry ingredients, then stir in chocolate chips.  Refrigerate 2 hours or overnight (best overnight).  Form dough into 1 inch balls and roll in powdered sugar.  (I like to roll them twice so there's plenty of powdered sugar on the cookies when baked.)  Bake 12 minutes at 350°.  Makes 2-3 dozen cookies.

Mine are in the fridge right now - so I will update ya with a couple of pics tomorrow!
Not the best pic - so much for artistic food photography!

Don't forget to link up your own holiday favorites at the Christmas Cookie Exchange!

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