Friday, January 24, 2020

Hold your breath and eat a cookie

Cookies coated in powdered sugar are an event. Don't sneeze, don't inhale too quickly, or exhale too quickly... don't drop it! They are tricky. But a cookie worth messing up your lungs and shirt for is this one - Chocolate Crinkles. This recipe is a smaller batch so it's great to make a small batch or double it to make a large batch. These are almost like a fudgy brownie with powdered sugar on top. Just remember about the breathing concern... or hey if you want to "snow" on someone, go for it.

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup mild-flavored oil (such as vegetable oil, coconut oil, olive oil, etc.)
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup powdered sugar, for coating the cookies

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt until combined. Set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the granulated sugar and oil. Beat on medium-high speed for 2 minutes, or until the mixture is light and fluffy. Add in the eggs and vanilla, beating on medium-low speed until combined. Then gradually fold in the flour mixture, and beat on medium-low speed until combined.
Form the dough into a large ball, and place it on a large sheet of plastic wrap. Wrap the plastic around it so that it is sealed tightly. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours (or up to 24 hours) until the dough is chilled completely through.
Once you’re ready to bake the cookies, preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper. Fill a small bowl with the powdered sugar.
Remove and unwrap the dough. Then form the dough into 1-inch round balls. Dip each dough ball in the powdered sugar until it is completely covered on all sides, and then place them least 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet.
Bake for 10 minutes. Then remove the baking sheet from the oven, and let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 3 minutes. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack, and let them cool until they reach room temperature.
Serve immediately, or store in a sealed container for up to 5 days, or freeze for up to 3 months.

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