Monday, December 15, 2008

Crinkled Chocolate Comfort

This is not only a great cookie but a popular holiday favorite and maybe for some of you a new holiday surprise. The chocolaty rich flavor is powerfully comforting on these cold afternoons and nights. The secret, I have found, is to really chill the dough well. I would recommend overnight. Other than that these are surprisingly easy to make and once you do so you will want to do it often.

1/2 cup vegetable oil
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted
2 cups granulated sugar
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup confectioner's sugar

Stir together oil, chocolate and granulated sugar. Blend in one egg at a time until well mixed. Add vanilla. Stir flour, baking powder, and salt into oil mixture. Chill several hours or overnight. Pre-heat oven to 350 F. Drop teaspoonfuls of dough into confectioner's sugar. Roll in sugar; shape into balls. Place about 2" apart on greased baking sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes. Makes about 6 dozen cookies.

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