Photos + Instructions of Easy to Make Homemade Cookie Recipe ~ Chocolate Crinkles

Chocolate Crinkle cookies

Chocolate Crinkle cookies
Chocolate Crinkle cookies | Source

Favorite Cookie Recipes


This Chocolate Crinkle cookie has become a part of our repertoire of favorite cookie recipes. They have been baked for a number of years now as a part of an assortment when filling cookie tins for Christmas gift giving purposes. They are delicious as well as pretty and obviously can be baked any time of year.

Any chocolate lover is certain to like these and the pattern that the powdered sugar makes when these are baked make them distinctive when mixed with other cookies.

I no longer remember who discovered this recipe...whether it was my mother or myself. It may have been from a newspaper article or elsewhere. All I know is that when we first baked them and saw how pretty they turned out and how delightful they tasted...they were added to my typed list of sheets in my cookie file and have been utilized countless times with success and rave reviews from our gift recipients.

If you have a cookie monster in your home who especially loves anything chocolate, you might wish to give these a try.



Unsweetened Baker's chocolate squares

Unsweetened Baker's chocolate squares
Unsweetened Baker's chocolate squares | Source

Cookie Ingredients


Getting started with the instructions and photos of these Chocolate Crinkles, let's begin with a list of the cookie ingredients to first be assembled:

  • 1/2 cup shortening (I use butter flavored Crisco)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups sifted flour
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 (1-ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/3 cup milk (We use 1% milk and it works fine in this recipe)
  • Sifted confectioners sugar

I doubled this recipe so my photos will be reflective of that.

Creamed shortening, sugar and vanilla
Creamed shortening, sugar and vanilla | Source


Instructions


The first thing to do after measuring is to thoroughly cream the shortening, sugar and vanilla together. Beat until well blended.

Melted chocolate
Melted chocolate | Source

The recipe calls for melting the chocolate.


The easiest method that I have found is to put the unsweetened chocolate squares into a Pyrex measuring cup and microwaving the chocolate until it melts. I generally set the microwave timer for about 30 seconds to start and then check and add small amounts of time as needed until the chocolate becomes liquefied.

Do this a little ahead of time in order that the chocolate has a bit of time to cool slightly before being added to the cookie batter.


Eggs mixed into cookie batter
Eggs mixed into cookie batter | Source


The next step is to beat in the eggs.

When the chocolate is melted and not boiling hot, blend that into the cookie batter and beat well incorporating the ingredients together.

I always use a spatula to get all the melted chocolatey goodness out of the Pyrex cup and into the cookie batter.

Melted chocolate being added to the cookie batter.
Melted chocolate being added to the cookie batter. | Source

As the photo below shows, this is where the cookie batter takes a decided turn becoming brown in color after the addition of the melted chocolate.

Looking good!

Cookie batter turns brown after the melted chocolate is incorporated into it.
Cookie batter turns brown after the melted chocolate is incorporated into it. | Source

Sift the dry ingredients (flour, salt, granulated sugar and baking powder) together.


Measure out the milk.

Blend these ingredients in alternating fashion between the flour mixture and milk.

Finally add the chopped nuts into the batter.

Here is where you can take some time off and put up your feet, sing songs, read chapters of a book, go out a pull some weeds in your garden or even solve some of life's greatest mysteries if you are so inclined. Why? The batter needs to chill for a minimum of 3 hours.

I have sometimes fixed it up to this point and continued baking the cookies the next day.

Sifted dry ingredients plus the milk and nuts readied for adding to the cookie batter.
Sifted dry ingredients plus the milk and nuts readied for adding to the cookie batter. | Source
Rolling the balls in powdered sugar
Rolling the balls in powdered sugar | Source
Dropping bits of the cookie batter into powdered sugar and then rolling into a ball shape.
Dropping bits of the cookie batter into powdered sugar and then rolling into a ball shape. | Source

Next step...


When the batter is well chilled and you wish to proceed, what one needs to do next is to form the Chocolate Crinkle cookie batter into somewhat of a ball shape and roll it in powdered sugar before putting them onto a greased cookie sheet.


At first the chilled batter actually allows one to roll an amount between ones hands and create nice round walnut sized balls. But this soft batter (almost the consistency of a thick cake frosting) quickly warms and I have found that merely dropping a good rounded teaspoon full of the batter into the dish full of powdered sugar still allows one to form it into a ball shape once in the powdered sugar. The second photo shows this.


After being baked, the batter spreads out and whether the balls are perfectly rounded or not, it does not ultimately matter when viewing much-less tasting the final product.

Sugared balls put onto baking sheet
Sugared balls put onto baking sheet | Source

Put the sugared balls onto a greased baking sheet ( I use the spray product Pam ) placing them about two to three inches apart.

Bake in a moderate oven ( 350 degrees Fahrenheit ) about 15 minutes.

If using a convection oven, a couple of minutes can be shaved off of that time. With our convection oven it only takes an average of 12 minutes and I am able to bake several cookie sheets of cookies at one time.

Cool slightly on baking sheet before moving to wire rack to cool completely.
Cool slightly on baking sheet before moving to wire rack to cool completely. | Source

Aren't these Chocolate Crinkle cookies pretty?


Cool slightly on the cookie sheets before moving them to a wire rack to finish cooling completely before packaging them up in containers.


Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Cool cookies on wire racks before putting into containers.
Cool cookies on wire racks before putting into containers. | Source

A single recipe makes about 4 dozen cookies.

This is another cookie recipe that freezes well. I put waxed paper between the layers of these cookies.

Hope that you enjoyed the photos and step by step instructions of how to make these homemade Chocolate Crinkles. They are easy to make cookies and once tried, I am sure that if you or those you know who like chocolate try these...they will also become favorites in your household.

Health Benefits of eating Chocolate


Please be advised...this information is in no way intended to take the place of medical advice from your health professional.

Many studies continue to be done regarding the effects of consuming chocolate and there are some promising results. Most all of the studies relate to European chocolates or dark chocolates which contain more of the beneficial cocoa solids. Milk chocolate and white chocolate have little of these same health benefits.

The table below categorizes some of the general findings. Chocolates stimulate the "feel good" endorphins in one's body and may actually have cardiovascular effects just like low dose aspirin...just not as long lasting. Obviously the calories have to be taken into account as one ounce contains 151 calories.

So if you enjoy an occasional chocolate try to make it some dark chocolate and eat it in good health!

Why Chocolate Is So Good For You

5 stars from 6 ratings of Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Some health benefits attributed to consuming dark chocolate

 
 
 
Contains antioxidants
Protects against damaging free radicals
Anti-aging effect
Contains flavonoids
Relaxes blood vessels
Can help reduce high blood pressure
Contains serotonin
Anti-depressant effect
Makes one feel better
Makes blood platelets less sticky
Promotes better blood flow
May help prevent risk of stroke & heart attacks
Contains oleic acid
Same good fat as in olive oil
May help raise the HDL (good cholesterol)

Assorted homemade cookies made up for gifts including the Chocolate Crinkle cookies.

Assorted homemade cookies made up for gifts including the Chocolate Crinkle cookies.
Assorted homemade cookies made up for gifts including the Chocolate Crinkle cookies. | Source

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Peggy W 16 months ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi Rebecca,

It would be fun being neighbors! As to wishing for the holidays...I surely do wish for the cooler temperatures that go along with that! We are sizzling right now this time of year.


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Peggy W 16 months ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi Au fait,

Glad that you like this Chocolate Crinkle cookie recipe. They look pretty mixed in with others. Hot, hot, HOT, down here also. Stay inside where it is cool. Thanks for the shares.


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rebeccamealey 16 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

I wish I lived in your neighborhood and could get a box of cookies at Christmas. Those chocolate crinkle cookies look so good. I will keep these in mind. The photos make me long for the holidays!


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Au fait 16 months ago from North Texas

These cookies are great any time a person needs a chocolate fix. ;) Add a bit of ice cream this time of year. We had 100 degrees again today (101 yesterday). Going to share this recipe again because these cookies are so yummy and if anyone has to take something to a picnic or a family reunion these cookies would be perfect. Also pinned to my 'Cookies' board.


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Peggy W 17 months ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi peachpurple,

No, I have never tried selling my cookies. I have lots of practice however in making them for gift giving purposes.


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