Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Chocolate Crinkles (Frugal Food Thursday)

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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
4 eggs
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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mjskit October 25, 2012 at 12:23 AM  

I love chocolate Crinkles! This looks like a great recipe! thanks for hosting!

Barb @ A Life in Balance October 25, 2012 at 9:20 AM  

Interesting - I've never heard of functional reading. My ds9 was complaining yesterday about the new reading project they're doing in school. They need to read a fable and answer questions about it. Personally, I think getting kids to talk about what they read is fabulous.

Unknown October 26, 2012 at 1:02 AM  

This reminds me of a cookie I made when young it was a Hershys Kiss Cookie. Thank You Jerri Davis

Miz Helen October 26, 2012 at 9:16 PM  

Have a fabulous weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
Come Back Soon!
Miz Helen

Diane Balch October 28, 2012 at 7:48 PM  

I've always wanted to know how to make this cookie. Thanks for sharing the recipe on foodie friday. I will pin it too.

What Marty Sees October 29, 2012 at 7:11 AM  

I've always wondered how to make those! And what a sweet treat to do them with your daughter :-)

April @ The 21st Century Housewife October 31, 2012 at 5:02 PM  

What a lovely cookbook to have, and what a great recipe! Your chocolate crinkles look delicious!

Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel December 2, 2012 at 5:30 PM  

These sound great! Definitely a bummer to have to wait overnight... but good things come to those who wait! I'm hosting a Christmas cookie blog hop and would love for you to come share these!

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