Chocolate Crinkles are everyone’s favorite, especially at Christmastime. This throwback recipe is from Betty Crocker herself. I haven’t changed a thing because why trifle with chocolate perfection? My mother made these when I was a kid, and I remember thinking they were magical because in the end, there’s a powdered sugar design on top. Like a snowflake, no two are alike.
These were Santa’s favorite, too. We always left a few on a plate near the fireplace, with a glass of milk. Santa needed lots of strength for traveling around the globe on Christmas Eve.
And the reindeer always got carrots.
During the night, I heard sleigh bells on the roof, but I didn’t dare sneak a peek.
The next morning, our stockings were filled and the plate of cookies held only a few crumbs. The living room felt enchanted and filled with the thrill of Santa. The idea that he’d come down our chimney, left toys under the tree, and enjoyed the cookies we’d baked only hours before while we slept only feet away—well, that was incredible and miraculous and downright unbelievable, yet we believed with all our might.
If you haven’t made your Santa cookies yet, give these Chocolate Crinkles a try because…
wait for it…
Santa Claus is coming tomorrow!
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 4 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate, melted, cooled
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 4 eggs
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- Read the entire recipe before you begin.
- In large mixing bowl, combine oil, chocolate, granulated sugar and vanilla. Stir in eggs, one at a time. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt. Cover and refrigerate at least 3 hours. (This is why it's important to read the recipe in advance.)
- Heat oven to 350°F. Grease cookie sheet with cooking spray.
- Drop dough by teaspoonfuls into powdered sugar; roll around to coat and shape into balls. Place about 2 inches apart on cookie sheets.
- Bake 12 minutes or until almost no imprint remains when touched lightly in center. Immediately remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks.
What would Gracie Lee do? She’d bake a batch right now, because she understood the importance of cookies and would certainly not do anything to mess up her lucky streak with Santa.
Merry Christmas Eve Eve,
Grace Grits and Gardening
Farm. Food. Garden. Life.
Want an extra chocolate fix? Here’s a short video of me playing with melted chocolate…
Here Comes Santa Claus, Gene Autry