chocolate crinkles – a cookie from the past

I recently had a craving for a cookie from my childhood. A chocolate cookie, coated in powdered sugar … chocolate crinkles. The cookbook recipes are all about the same, with a few minor variations or additions in each, i.e. nuts. I used a recipe from a classic cookbook my grandmother gave to me around my 20th birthday.

The recipe goes something like this…

Chocolate Crinkles
adapted from the Regent Community Cookbook, originally published in 1978

1/2 c. vegetable oil
4 squares unsweetened baking chocolate, melted
2 c. sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
4 eggs
2 c. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 c. nuts, chopped (optional) – I didn’t add nuts to our cookies.

Combine oil, chocolate, sugar, vanilla and blend well. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine remaining dry ingredients and add to chocolate mixture gradually. Stir in nuts (if desired.) Chill batter overnight or for several hours.

Form into 1 inch balls. Roll in powdered sugar and bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes – do not overbake.  Makes about 6 dozen.

Clare helping me roll the dough in powdered sugar…

Kids eagerly waiting for the oven timer to sound…

Fresh out of the oven…


The kids devoured these.

One word of advice…serve cookies to kids well before bedtime (no later than 5 pm), and in moderation (no more than two.)  You may want to consider having them run a few laps in the backyard afterwards as well.  I’m just sayin’…

Otherwise, yum sums it up.  Enjoy!


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