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Last week, my husband and I met with our second-grade daughter's teacher. The teacher explained to us that our daughter was doing very well with literary reading - reading a story - as well as information reading - nonfiction reading. But our daughter needed to work on functional reading - the kind of reading you do every day when reading directions, or nutrition information on a food product, or recipes.
I told my daughter that she needed to work on her functional reading, and she asked, "Can I read your cookbook?"
Now, as frequent readers may know, I own a very special cookbook. Several years ago, my mom compiled all of her favorite recipes, as well as many from her mom, and created three copies of the cookbook, giving one each to my sister, to my sister-in-law, and to me. It is so nice to have her favorite recipes with me whenever I'm looking to make something special.
So I gave my daughter the cookbook, and she sat down and read it. After a while, she pointed to a recipe and asked, "Mom, can we make this recipe?"
It was a cookie recipe for Chocolate Crinkles, a cookie my mom often makes for dessert for large dinner parties. I love them, but I had never made them.
"Sure!" I said. We got the ingredients together and she read me the instructions as we made the dough.
As it turns out, the recipe calls for having the dough sit overnight, so I was a little disappointed that she didn't get a cookie reward right away for her excellent reading work. But the next day, we rolled and baked the cookies, and they were just as I remembered them - delicious!
Here's my mom's recipe:
4 squares unsweetened chocolate
1/2 cup oil
2 cups sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
1 cup confectioner's sugar
In a double boiler or in the microwave, melt the unsweetened chocolate, being careful not to burn the chocolate if the microwave is used.
In a medium plastic bowl with a lid, combine the chocolate, oil, sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Mix until well blended. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, salt, and baking powder together. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients a little at a time and mix until well combined. Cover the bowl with the lid and place in the refrigerator overnight.
The next day, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place confectioner's sugar in a small bowl. Roll the dough into small balls and then roll the balls in the confectioner's sugar. Place the balls on a baking tray. Bake for 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees. The cookies will expand and create cracks and crinkles in the confectioner's sugar coating. Allow to cool on a wire rack.
Makes 36-48 cookies.
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