You can’t get more delicious, chewy, crisp chocolatey goodness than these very simple and basic Chocolate Crinkle Cookies. Don’t be fooled by simplicity. Instead, remember the old adage first popularized by minimalist Bauhaus architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe ” less is more.” I’m quite certain Mies would love the big understatement of these.
I know, I know. Minimalism doesn’t get you much attention these days as it seems like most American food interests follow the words of architect Robert Venturi instead who famously said “less is a bore.” If that’s your philosophy then feel free to add chocolate chips and nuts to this recipe…or maybe a spoonful of espresso powder, crushed toffee bits, or peppermint candy bits. You know the drill. Chocolate Crinkle Cookies will adapt to your world view.
That’s all fine but, you don’t need anything more. That’s all I’m going to say. Maybe just a really good cup of coffee or a glass of cold milk.
- 1 cup butter
- 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- About 1/2 cup white sugar
Heat the oven to 350 F. Cream the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until fluffy. Blend in the egg, salt, and vanilla until well mixed. Fold in the cocoa powder a few times with a spatula or wooden spoon to keep down the brown dust. Fold in 1 cup of the flour the same way. Sprinkle the baking soda over the dough and add the last cup of flour. Blend with the mixer on low speed until well combined. Pour the white sugar into a shallow bowl. Scoop the dough by heaping teaspoonfuls or a cookie scoop. Roll into balls and roll the balls in the white sugar to coat. Place them on cookie sheets about 1-inch apart. Flatten the balls slightly with your fingers. Bake about 12 or 13 minutes. You won't be able to tell that the bottom or sides of the dark cookies look golden brown, however, the cookies will look crinkled on top and set. Cool them on a wire rack. Makes 50 smallish cookies.
Dust with powdered sugar to get a snowy black and white effect.