In Hungary, kids (and some adults:)) put their well cleaned boots in the windowpane on the night of the 5th of December. If you were a good “kid” all year around, Santa Claus will fill your boots with chocolates, nuts, clementines, sometimes even toys, but if you were bad you will only receive a willow switch (“virgács“). Even if we don’t have kids around now in my family, we still maintain this nice tradition by giving a little something to each other, if possible, even putting it in the boots. This year I made some cookies for the occasion: mantecados on special request for my Mr and some chocolate crinkle cookies for the rest of the family. For some reasons the mantecados had a bigger success (everyone got a few pieces of that one, as well), but I personally loved the crinkle cookies even more: they were very easy to make, rich chocolate-y and looking nice! Recipe is from allrecipes.com. I baked half batch only, it was perfectly enough to take a couple to my grandparents, mother, sisters and the 2 of us.
Original recipe makes 6 dozen
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract (I skipped it)
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
- In a medium bowl, mix together cocoa, white sugar, and vegetable oil. Beat in eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt; stir into the cocoa mixture. Cover dough, and chill for at least 4 hours.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Roll dough into one inch balls. I like to use a number 50 size scoop. Coat each ball in confectioners’ sugar before placing onto prepared cookie sheets.
- Bake in preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes. Let stand on the cookie sheet for a minute before transferring to wire racks to cool.