Friday, January 7, 2011

Crinkle: A wrinkle or crease found on the surface of something

A few months ago, Panera Bread started My Panera, a customer appreciation program that gets card holders free menu items. I earned a couple coffees and a couple of smoothies, neither of which I drink, and then one day I went in and earned a free baked good. That day, they happened to have Chocolate Mint Crinkle Cookies. So I snagged one and ever since then, I've been dying to try these out for myself.

These cookies were pretty super easy. I always shy away from baking cookies with oil, rather than butter, but I followed the directions steady course and they came out chocolaty, minty, and delicious.

Chocolate Mint Crinkle Cookies (from
Makes 12 cookies
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar

In a small bowl, mix together flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt. In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, oil, eggs, and extracts until well blended.

Stir dry mixture into wet mixture until just combined.

Cover bowl and refrigerate for two hours.

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Remove dough from the refrigerator and roll into 1 inch balls. Roll balls in powdered sugar, and place 1 1/2 inches apart on parchment-lined cookies sheets. Bake for 11-13 minutes.

Let cool on wire cooling racks.

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