Chocolate Crinkles (12 Days of Christmas Treats)

Chocolate Crinkles

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me ... Chocolate Crinkles!
On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me ... Cinnamon Roll Cookies!
On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me ... Microwave Peanut Brittle!
On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me ... Almond Lace Cookies!

There is just something about the name of these cookies, Chocolate Crinkles, that makes me think of Christmas. Maybe it makes me think of the crinkle of wrapping paper as gifts are opened on Christmas morning. Or maybe it reminds me of the crinkle in Santa's nose as he laughs and his belly shakes like a bowl full of jelly. It could be that it makes me imagine the pops and crinkles a roaring fire makes as we drink hot tea and cocoa on Christmas Eve. It's no surprise, evidently, that when I spotted this recipe I immediately knew they'd be on my dessert table this holiday season. And the fact that Mrs. Betty Crocker is to thank for them, well, that makes it all the better because no one says "home" quite like Mrs. Crocker! Dusted with powdered sugar they're reminiscent of a dusting of snow on the pines in the yard. Wow. So much Christmas imagery is attached to these cookies! Have I persuaded you to try them yet?

Chocolate Crinkles
Source: Betty Crocker

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1/2 cup vegetable oil
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
4 eggs
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup powdered sugar

1. In large bowl, mix oil, chocolate, sugar and vanilla. Stir in eggs, one at a time. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt. Cover. Chill at least 3 hours.
2. Heat oven to 350*. Grease cookie sheet or line with silpat or parchment paper.
3. Roll teaspoonfuls of dough into balls. Drop into powdered sugar to coat. Place about 2 inches apart on cookie sheet.
4. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until almost no imprint remains when touched in center. Immediately remove cookies to racks.