Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

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 (“virgΓ‘cs“). 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 I baked half batch only, it was perfectly enough to take a couple to my grandparents, mother, sisters and the 2 of us.

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Original recipe makes 6 dozen

1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
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

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Enjoy πŸ˜‰

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9 Responses to “Chocolate Crinkle Cookies”
  1. I’d never heard of that tradition with the boots but I like it! I don’t suppose it would work though to leave them on the front steps dirty hoping to have them cleaned the next day?
    These cookies look so good that I would clean my boots to get some.

    • Haha good idea, I believe it is a great way to have the kids clean their own boots πŸ˜‰ I believe the tradition comes from Austria… anyway, nice one. Thank you for the compliment!

  2. huntfortheverybest says:

    the crinkle cookies look great!

  3. ChgoJohn says:

    Love how the cracks in these cookies reveals their dark, inner chocolate-y goodness. Now, that’s my kind of cookie! Never heard of a tradition involving boots stuffed with goodies. I’ve got quite a few pairs of old boots in a closet. I may be a little late for this year but next year those babies are going on to the window sills πŸ™‚

  4. Zara Plakakis says:

    These look beautiful. I definitely need to make these. Just a quick question why you chose to leave the vanilla out? Thank you πŸ™‚

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