chocolate crinkle cookies

Generally speaking, cracks are not appealing. Cracks in sidewalks, in ceilings, in heels and chapped lips- they are all very ugh-inducing. This, however, might be the one and only instance where cracks look good, even alluring. I say the more cracks there are, the better!

The cookie is fudgy. Chocolaty. Think thin, flattened brownie. Think delicious. You've got to try one, or two or three...

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
from Cooks Illustrated, November & December 2014

1 cup (5 ounces) all-purpose flour
½ cup (1½ ounces) unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1½ cups packed (10½ ounces) brown sugar
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
½ cup (3½ ounces) granulated sugar
½ cup (2 ounces) confectioners' sugar

Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 325º F.

Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or Silpat. Whisk flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together in bowl.

Whisk brown sugar, eggs, espresso powder and vanilla together in large bowl. Combine chocolate and butter in bowl and microwave at 50 percent power, stirring occasionally, until melted, 2 to 3 minutes.

Whisk chocolate mixture into egg mixture until combined. Fold in flour mixture until no dry streaks remain. Let dough sit at room temperature for 10 minutes.

Place granulated sugar and confectioners' sugar in separate shallow dishes. Working with 2 tablespoons dough at a time, roll into balls. Drop dough balls directly into granulated sugar and roll to coat. Transfer dough balls to confectioners' sugar and roll to coat evenly. Evenly space dough balls on prepared sheets, 11 per sheet.

Bake cookies, 1 sheet at a time, until puffed and cracked and edges have begun to set, but centers are still soft (cookies will look raw between cracks and seem underdone,) about 12 minutes, rotating sheet halfway through baking. Let cool completely on sheet before serving.

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  1. So pretty and festive! Puts me in the Christmas spirit!

  2. These look wonderful! I am adding these to my Christmas baking list!


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