Chocolate Crinkles

These classic cookies always photograph well for cookbooks I think. My children always pick them out based on the picture. I did the same as a child. Fortunately, they are also pretty tasty in addition to their pretty appearance. Keep in mind the dough should be refrigerated for a few hours before baking, so mix them up first thing in the morning. Then go on to the rest of your cookie baking for the day. (or holiday decorating)

1/2    cup vegetable oil
4    ounces unsweetened baking chocolate, melted and cooled
2    cups granulated sugar
2    teaspoons vanilla
4    eggs
2    cups all-purpose flour
2    teaspoons baking powder
1/2    teaspoon salt
1/2    cup powdered sugar
Mix oil, chocolate, granulated sugar and vanilla in large bowl. Mix in eggs, one at a time. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt. Cover and refrigerate at least 3 hours. eat oven to 350ºF. Grease cookie sheet. Drop dough by teaspoonfuls into powdered sugar; roll around to coat. Shape into balls. Place about 2 inches apart on cookie sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until almost no imprint remains when touched lightly in center. Remove from cookie sheet. Cool on wire rack.

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