I can be pretty “bah humbug” around the holidays, but I can’t escape all the delicious-looking baking that happens around this time. So earlier this week when I needed to make something for our office holiday party, I decided to try a recipe I saved from last year.

This chocolate crinkles recipe is actually pretty easy to make. You can get the complete recipe here. These little Christmas balls look like they’re covered by snow (it’s powdered sugar) and taste like eating mini chocolate cakes. It’s super easy to make, basically creating the chocolate cake dough and then rolling them into balls and covering in powdered sugar.

I added a Christmas twist to them by sprinkling them with crushed peppermint candy canes. (I just put a few candy canes in a plastic bag and smashed them into pieces with a hammer.) Initially I sprinkled the peppermint after I baked the crinkles, but they wouldn’t stay on. So it works best when you sprinkle them on top before baking. They do melt, but that just makes them blend in better. Then you get that nice cooling kick when you bite into these chocolate crinkles.

I also like the crinkling look that occurs when the crinkles bake, breaking through the sugar coating. The recipe actually isn’t very sweet because I used bittersweet unsweetened cocoa powder. They’re pretty dramatic if you bring these to parties and people will think you’re a master baker!

Enjoy! And happy holidays!

You have to refrigerate the dough for at least four hours or overnight. This make it easier to mold balls out of them.

You have to refrigerate the dough for at least four hours or overnight. This make it easier to mold balls out of them.

Hot out of the oven, the crinkles still retain the powdered sugar coating but the cracks give these treats their name.

Hot out of the oven, the crinkles still retain the powdered sugar coating but the cracks give these treats their name.

Place these for Santa and he'll leave a messy trail of powdered sugar. :)

Place these for Santa and he’ll leave a messy trail of powdered sugar. :)

 

4 Responses to Testing a Simple Chocolate Crinkles Recipe

  1. Carolyn Jung says:

    Love the accent of candy canes. Even more festive. These cookies are classics that nobody can resist. Happy holidays!

  2. Love the candy canes and the overall look of these. I’ve never actually made crinkles, but I want to!

  3. Row says:

    The sprinkle of candy canes is genius… mmm, cookies. Happy Holidays to you and your family! :)

  4. Ben Ben says:

    Thanks everyone! Happy holidays to you too!

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