I wanted to share this recipe during the Twelve Days of Christmas series because this past week marked the anniversary of Grandma’s death. She died on Thanksgiving four years ago. My birthday was the day after Thanksgiving that year and I remember crying through nearly the whole party. It’s strange how this time of year has such a different feel than it did just five years ago, but I suppose that’s what always happens when someone you love dies. And it’s the little things, like the chocolate crinkles, that are just so HER that bring back good memories of baking with her when Kim and I would spend the day with her and Grandpa when we were little.
It’s hard for me to pick a favorite cookie, but if I had to choose I think I’d choose my Grandma’s recipe for Chocolate Crinkles. I remember her making them all the time growing up and they were delicious. They were one of the first cookies I started making by myself when I was young and we still have the recipe card with my younger self’s handwriting.
1/2 cup oil
3/4 cup cocoa powder
2 cups sugar
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla
Mix oil, cocoa and sugar.
Add the eggs one at a time, then add in vanilla.
Mix in the dry ingredients.
Chill at least three hours.
Form into balls and roll in powdered sugar.
Bake at 350 for 10 minutes.
Sit down with a cup of hot chocolate, a couple cookies and savor the quiet.
…and if it’s utter chaos in your house escape to a closet for five minutes of peace and munch on your cookies and sip your cocoa. 🙂