All cookies are fun, and they all have their unique personality. Amongst all cookies, the best are always homemade, and amongst these, the famous chocolate crinkle cookies are my personal favorite.
Why? Because they’re gorgeous. Those crinkles, nooks and crannies that form on the surface of the cookie as they succumb to the oven’s heat make them deliciously crumbly. They’re awesome cookies to dip in a cold glass of milk!
In fact, we coat these cookies with confectioners’ sugar to highlight their crackle top. And that alone is quite special. Here’s how I make my crinkle cookies from scratch.
This recipe has two critical steps. Crating the cacao mixture with butter, eggs and some cooking oil, and the ‘dry’ ingredients we all know and have at home — all-purpose flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.
You’ll end with a glossy, uniform dough in just around fifteen minutes, and here’s the secret. We have to chill the dough in the fridge before shaping the cookies. Otherwise, the dough is too sticky to handle — and I guess the process helps create those nice crinkles.
Then you coat the cookies with powdered sugar and bake them. You shouldn’t have any problems.
Preheat the oven at least 15-20 minutes before baking the cookies. The high heat matters, as it will dry out the cookie’s exterior, causing it to crack.
Do use high-quality ingredients, including gourmet cocoa powder and authentic vanilla extract. The stuff is expensive, but you’ll only need two teaspoons of it, and it makes a big difference!
In a mixing bowl, combine the butter and cocoa powder to form a paste.
In a second mixing bowl, beat the eggs and pour in the cooking oil and vanilla. Combine the egg and oil mixture with the cocoa butter and add the sugar. Use a hand mixer or stand mixer to incorporate.
In a separate bowl, combine the baking powder, salt and flour and tip it into the wet mixture slowly while beating until you get a uniform dough.
Wrap the dough in foil and let it set in the fridge for 30-45 minutes.
Once the dough is cool to the touch and firm, make balls out of it and coat them with the confectioners’ sugar. Place them over a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
Preheat the oven to 350°F
Bake for 10 minutes. You should see crinkles.
Let the cookies cool on a rack before serving.