Every year my family gathers at my grandma's house and bake Christmas cookies before the holiday. As one tray comes out of the oven, another goes in all morning and afternoon long. We have a pretty good system going, I do the mixing, grandma does quality control and mans the oven, and everyone else is on decorating and clean up duty.

This year we had a smaller crowd because of scheduling, but my sister, mom, two of the four cousins, and great aunt all made it to grandmas to help bake. We always manage to forget to count how many dozen we do, but I know it had to be up towards 20 this year. We were busy.

My favorite cookies we make every year are Chocolate Crinkles. Basically just chocolate cookies rolled in powdered sugar, they are always the first to go when the cookie tray gets passed around.

My grandma has this recipe down to a science, and it deserves to be shared with the world, so here you go. My grandma Sue's Chocolate Crinkle Christmas Cookie recipe!

WARNING: This recipe makes A LOT of cookies. So cut it in half, or be ready to share the love.

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  • 2 cups (4 sticks) of softened, room temp butter
  • 4 cups white granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 6 tsp. of vanilla
  • 6 cups of flour
  • 1 2/3 cups of cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. of salt
  • 1 tsp of baking podwer
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • Powdered sugar for dusting


1. Preheat oven to 350

2. Cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy, then add eggs and vanilla and mix until incorperated

3. Add salt, baking powder, and baking soda to the bowl, and begin mixing, adding flour and cocoa powder cup by cup until all is mixed well.

4. Using a squeeze handle scoop, or your hands, roll cookie dough into 1 inch balls. Place dough balls into a container of powdered sugar and shake gently to coat.

5. Place coated cookie dough balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and press down ever so slightly.

6. Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes, or until done. The cookies will appear to have "cracks" or "crinkles" cutting through the powdered sugar.

7. Let cool, and after about 3 minutes dust again with powdered sugar using a sifter. Serve and enjoy!

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