Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

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I know it’s April but my kids made my mom’s Christmas chocolate crinkle cookies together last night- and even cleaned up after themselves!  It tasted like Christmas! It has never even occurred to me that they can be made year-round!  Silly kids!  But they are so easy and good, they should be made all the time!  *Just leave time for chilling the dough*

In our house we use and love this cookbook.  Note: I can’t stand how the recipes are photographed or organized- it’s very confusing.  And we have tried some recipes that were NOT hits, but we have several favorites 🙂

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My mom had an original version which has splatters and grease marks all over it.  And when I was pregnant with my daughter, my aunt bought my mom (the grandmother-to-be) a new printing of the original.  At some point I stole it and now my son claims it:)

Growing up, I didn’t give these crinkle cookies enough credit!  Around the holidays I was fascinated by the more fancy, decorated cookies.  My aunt Mary Ann and Aunt Debbie would always make the multi-colored butter press cookies along with decorated gingerbread men.  When our household made cookies, it was usually these or chocolate chip or snicker doodle or anything with lemon (my dad’s favorite).

I do love decorating cookies, but as I get older, I gravitate towards the nostalgic, tried-and-true recipes, so pour a glass of milk and enjoy!

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

1/2 cup vegetable oil

4 squares (4 oz) unsweetened chocolate, melted

2 cups granulated sugar

4 eggs

2 tsp. vanilla

2 cups flour

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup confectioners’ sugar

Mix oil, chocolate, and granulated sugar.  Blend in one egg at a time until well mixed.  Add vanilla.  Add flour, baking powder, and salt into oil mixture.  Chill several hours or overnight.

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Drop teaspoonfuls of dough into confectioners’ sugar.  Roll in sugar and shape into balls.  *We dip in confectioners’ sugar a second time to ensure a good-looking finished cookie.*

Bake 10 minutes.  Makes about 6 dozen.

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