I’m not sure if most families leave the same cookie for Santa each year, but we do. We leave him Snow Cookies. I know other people call them Crinkle Cookies, but not us; to us they are snow cookies because of the powdered sugar on the outside.
We have put out these cookies for Santa ever since I can remember. They are one of my all time favorite cookies and we usually only make them in December.
My first memory of eating these cookies goes back to when I was probably in 2nd grade, my mom made them for my piano recital and I fell in love. My mom made them every Christmas and we would leave them out for Santa and give them to neighbors in a cookie tin. My junior high math teacher Mr. Lesuma loved them so much and we continued to take them to him for years after and even after we were married. I think my mom still makes them the best. Even though I have been making them for 17 years on my own, hers still taste better and it’s the same recipe. Isn’t that funny how that works out?
I love brownies and these cookies kind of remind me of them. They are fudge and chewy on the inside and a little crispy on the outside. After you roll the dough balls in powdered sugar they bake up and make beautiful crinkles on the outside.
Just a reminder, when making these cookies, be sure not to over bake them, they should look a underbaked in the center. Once you take them out of the oven and they will continue to bake and the centers will harden a little.
I hope you add this cookie to your Santa plate this year. I know he will love them.
- 12 tablespoons Hersheys unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil PLUS 4 tablespoons
- 2 cups sugar
- 4 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 cups flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- powdered sugar to roll dough about 1 cup
- In a medium bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt. Whisk to combine and set aside. In a large bowl with hand mixer or standing mixer with paddle attachment mix oil, cocoa, sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Add eggs one at a time mixing after each one. Add dry ingredients and mix until combined.
- Put plastic wrap over dough touching the dough so it doesn't dry out. Chill dough in refrigerator for a couple of hours or overnight.
- Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Put powdered sugar into a small bowl. Scoop dough with a cookie scoop and roll into balls. Roll dough balls and coat them with powdered sugar and place on cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes. Let cool on tray before moving to cooling rack. Enjoy!
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These look so yummy! My boyfriend would love these 🙂
I am sure he will. They are a favorite!
These cookies look so delicious! I still need to make some cookies for a get together and I think I’m going to try these 🙂
Please do! They are delicious. Have fun.
Yum! These look amazing!
Thanks! They sure are delicious.
I love the look of these for the holidays! They look delicious 🙂
Thanks! They are a fun holiday cookie.
My mouth is watering!! Seriously need to try making this recipe–maybe I’ll make them for NYE!
These look delicious!!!
They are super good!
I’ve been looking for a good crinkle cookie recipe, so I will have to give this one a try!
Thanks Amber! I hope you like them.
Congratulations! I love the pictures and also the recipe, I will let you know when I make these 🙂
Thanks! Please do. Enjoy
These look positively to die for! I’ve never made any like this so I’m definitely adding it to my list.
Thanks so much. I hope you enjoy them.