Espresso Crinkle Cookies

Welcome to day five of my Seven Days of Holiday Treats series! At this point in the series I can admit that I have eaten far more cookies than I would like to admit. The sacrifices we make for holiday cheer….

This recipe originally came from Cooking Light magazine last year, and it is fabulous! There is so much to like about crinkle cookies. High on my list is the way they look; people say we eat with our eyes first and these cookies deliver! The contrast between the dark chocolate cookie and the white powdered sugar, which seems to exaggerate the cracks of brownie-textured dough, is irresistible. Add espresso into the mix and I’m sold! Espresso and chocolate have a marriage made in culinary heaven because the coffee flavor only deepens the flavor of the chocolate. This self-proclaimed chocoholic is appreciative.

And, I cannot leave out the fact that these cookies are under 100 calories per serving! That makes them even more desirable among all the cookies, pies, cakes, and other goodies that we are surrounded with during the holidays. Finally a cookie you don’t have to feel guilty about! Have I convinced you to make them yet?

For the recipe please see the link below:

http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/espresso-crinkles-10000001860058/

Once you prepare and cool the dough, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. I like to use a small cookie scoop to help make each of the cookies even. Place some powdered sugar into a bowl for rolling the dough.

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Using the cookie scoop, portion out the dough and roll into a ball. Dredge in the powdered sugar, then place the dough onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Make sure you leave enough room between the balls of dough because they spread out a lot while baking. Bake for 10 minutes in the oven and remove to cool.

Before
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After
After

The parchment paper will make the cookies much easier to transfer to a cooling rack once they are cooked. I know this because in the pictures above there is no parchment paper and they were not easy to transfer (oops!) If you happen to have a cup of coffee lying around during the baking process feel free to add that to your tasting. Enjoy!

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