I recently hosted a Pinterest Night at my apartment. I had a few girls over and asked everyone to bring a Pinterest dessert, a bottle of wine, and a Pinterest craft project to work on. I also got a bunch of wine glasses at the dollar store, then hopped over to Michaels for acrylic paint, glitter, and of course good old modge podge for us to decorate our own wine glasses.
My Pinterest dessert of choice were these fabulously adorable Chocolate Crinkle Cookies courtesy of Chef in Training. I chose this recipe for my party, out of the hundreds of other dessert recipes I store on Pinterest, for several reasons:
1.) They look fancy.
2.) It’s easier for people to grab a cookie to munch on then cut themselves a piece of pie or cake.
3.) I love how compact they look. Like little bite-size pieces of snowy heaven.
2 c sugar
3/4 c oil
1 c unsweetened cocoa
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/3 c flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
Powdered sugar for rolling
Combine sugar, oil, and cocoa in a large mixing bowl and beat until well blended. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl. Gradually add dry ingredients to cocoa mixture and beat well.
Cover and refrigerate dough until firm enough to handle. Believe me, you’ll know when it’s still too soft to roll. I left mine in the fridge for about 30 minutes and then switched it to the freezer for up to an hour. Due to my continued lack of patience, I kept removing the dough from the fridge and attempting to roll it into balls at which time I would end up just smearing the dough into my hands and then peeling it off to put back in the bowl and back in the fridge. One of these days I will learn that patience is a virtue…
Once the dough is ready, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a cookie sheet. Roll dough into 1″ balls and then roll in powdered sugar. Place about 2″ apart on cookie sheet and bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Because my oven tends to cook fast, mine were done in 8 minutes. They don’t spread too much when baking, but keep your eyes and nose out for them while they’re in the oven because they bake quickly.
These cookies were rich and their texture was brownie-like. They look so elegant; they would be great in a holiday cookie basket!