"Do you want to help me relive a nightmare?" I asked my brother the other day.
He gave me a funny look. "No. What are you going to do?"
"I'm making chocolate krinkles," I replied.
My brother's eyes opened up wide and he said, "Really?!"
So what was it about a simple recipe for CHOCOLATE cookies that could have anything do with a nightmare? A lot. Several years ago, when I was probably about ten years old, my younger brother and I decided to make cookies, chocolate krinkles to be exact. I assume we had our parents permission, because getting into trouble wasn't part of the nightmare. Like the geniuses we were, we decided to make a double recipe of an already humongous recipe. Fatal mistake number one. So we mixed up this immense recipe of chocolate deliciousness and proceeded to make probably about two hundred cookies (that is a rough but not exaggerated estimate). Being just kids, of course we ate tons of the dough as we formed the cookie dough into cookies and then rolled them in powdered sugar. Fatal mistake numbers two AND three. Never, let your kids use powdered sugar when cooking, it makes a mess and if you eat a lot of cookie dough, later on down the road you are going to feel sick. Somehow, we also managed to dirty the most dishes possible. Fatal mistake number four. Apparently little children also have the tendency to drop cookie dough on the floor. Fatal mistake number five. I am sure you can tell by now that the fatal mistakes were rather piling up. By the time we were done the floor, and the table we were working at were covered in powdered sugar and cookie batter. My brother and I both felt sick from eating so much cookie dough as well as the baked cookies. Nevertheless, we had to clean up the kitchen. Due to the amount of cookie dough on the floor, we had to mop as well as do all of the dishes. After we were done, we both swore never again to make those treacherous cookies.
And we never did.... until a couple days ago.
Thankfully I am far wiser and I avoided all of the fatal mistakes. It helps when you have a vivid memory implanted in your mind of all that went the first time. Due to these unforgettable memories, I made no fatal mistakes. I also had the good sense to make a quarter of the amount that my brother and I made so many years ago (and that is the amount for the recipe I have below). They are a very delicious chocolate cookie that have a little crunch on the outside but are soft in the middle. Just how I like them. Anyways, it was chocolate, a very hard to mess up ingredient. :)
If you have the courage, make some, they really are delicious.
1 1/4 cup oil
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup cocoa
2 tsp. vanilla
2 tsp. baking powder
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup powdered sugar (to roll cookies in)
Mix together first three ingredients and then add eggs one at a time, mixing well. Add vanilla and dry ingredients. Mix well and chill. Drop teaspoons of dough in powdered sugar and roll into a ball (careful not to make to big). Bake in 350˚ oven for 8-10 minutes. Don't overbake. Makes about fifty cookies.
Enjoy and remember to make NO fatal mistakes. :)
Lois Johnson, avid writer, tea drinker, and reader but first and foremost, avid Christian.