Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are definitely a holiday staple - the powdered sugar almost looks like a light dusting of snow, and they're a chewy, hearty cookie that feels deliciously satisfying in the dead of winter. With very standard ingredients, they're an easy thing to throw together on a whim, because you probably already have all of the necessary ingredients in your pantry. The resulting cookie is ever so slightly crisp on the edges, which yield to a softer, chewy center. They're an adventure to eat - too big of an inhale or exhale sends powdered sugar flying - but they're so good it doesn't matter.
I used this Chocolate Crinkle recipe from All Recipes to make these cookies, and didn't change a thing. The only part of the recipe I would make a special note of is that the dough really does need to sit for at least 4 hours, otherwise the cookies will flatten too much (see above image for a great example of this!) They still taste just as delicious when they're flatter, but they keep the sugar coating much better - and also have much thicker, denser centers - when they keep more of a ball shape.
If I were to make these again, I might play around with the addition of some espresso powder, to achieve a bit of a deeper flavor. But if you like chocolate at all, these cookies are for you!
Do you have a favorite chocolate holiday cookie recipe?