There are so many favorite recipes in both Suzanne’s Table and my grandmother’s cookie book that I am sure I could keep posting about cookies for weeks, but as every good cook knows you have to taste along the way and keep tasting to make sure whatever you are making tastes delicious. I swear I have gained 5 pounds since this started. This past week and a half I have enjoyed recreating and sharing my family memories but once the holidays are over I want to start talking about all the other wonderful recipes that mean something to me, but baking will always be a part of this project, just not cookies for awhile.
I am sure at some point some of you have come across a chocolate crinkle recipe. They are quite popular, I have seen variations of this cookie with red velvet, mint, and lemon just to name a few. Kelly told me they remind her of a snowflake. To quote her, “Kristi they remind me of delicious chocolate snowflake if there were such a thing as delicious chocolate snowflakes.” Of course, these cookies always made an appearance on the holiday cookie platters my grandmother put together, but I remember them for another reason. While I was away at college, I would receive a package in the mail every few months from my grandma. These boxes would be filled with cookies, and sometimes with other hidden surprises ($$$), knowing how much I loved chocolate crinkle cookies, they were always inside. There would always be a sweet note from my grandma telling me how much she missed me and there would be enough cookies to feed my entire dorm. It is because of these memories that this recipe made the list of twelve.
Preheat oven to 360 degrees
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
4 oz melted unsweetened chocolate
2 cups granulated sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp baking powder
1 cup confectioners sugar
* Chill mixture several hours or overnight before baking (I only waited 3 hours)
Mix oil, melted chocolate and granulated sugar in large bowl, blend in eggs, 1 at a time until well mixed. Add vanilla. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt into wet mixture. Cover and chill. Roll dough into balls, about a teaspoon full, and roll in confectioners sugar. Place balls on greased or parchment covered baking sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes. Makes six dozen.