These cookies are über chocolaty and have a wonderful fudgy texture. If you'd like, add a few drops of mint extract to the batter for a chocolate-mint combo. The best part is rolling the cookie-dough balls around in a heap of powdered sugar — it's a great excuse for some messy fun! Kids love it.
Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
makes roughly 30 cookies
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup canola oil
2 cups flour
2 tablespoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup powdered sugar, give or take
Beat the eggs and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl. Add the cocoa powder, sugar and canola oil; stir. Mix in the flour, baking powder and salt. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least four hours.
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Roll the chilled dough into 1-inch balls. Pour the powdered sugar into a shallow bowl. Roll the cookie-dough balls around in the sugar, thickly coating each. Place them on a baking sheet about 1 and 1/2 inches apart. Bake 10-12 minutes, until just set.
Let cool, then store them in an airtight container with a scrap of bread to keep them moist.
This article was originally published in Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT.