Chocolate Crinkles with Kisses

Soso had a sleepover with a bunch of friends and wanted to bake something.  She had taken a week-long baking class in the summer and she’s 13 years old.  She had helped with the Christmas cookies.  So I told her to pick an easy recipe and make it on her own.  Then I added a caveat.  I had bought a bag of Hershey’s Kisses that I never used for the holiday baking. Soso had to use the kisses in whatever she was making.

After searching Google for cookie recipes with Hershey’s Kiss and only getting Peanut Butter Blossoms for results, she finally found an image of chocolate crinkle recipe with the red and white mint Kisses.  We only had the regular Kisses, but I think any type of Kisses would work with the crinkle recipe.

I think we have another contender to add to the Christmas cookies repertoire.  I’m really proud of Soso! I helped roll out some cookies towards the end to save some time. Otherwise, she made these all by herself.  When I was her age, I was making boxed cakes.

Soso used the recipe from Simply Recipes.

Chocolate Crinkles with Kisses
*From Simply Recipes

Yields: About 50 cookies

Ingredients

1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups white granulated sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 bag Hershey’s Kisses

Directions

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt and set aside.

In a large bowl of an electric mixer, beat cocoa powder, granulated sugar and vegetable oil. Add one egg at a time and then add the vanilla. Stir in the flour mixture until just combined.

Cover the dough and chill the dough minimum of 4 hours or overnight.

Preheat oven at 350 F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Place the confectioner’s sugar in a wide shallow bowl.

Scoop balls of dough about 1 to 1 1/4 inches in diameter. Roll them briefly in your hands and then roll the balls in the confectioner’s sugar. Place the balls on the cookie sheets 2 inches apart.

Bake 10 -12 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven when the cookies are done. Place the Kisses in the center of each cookie and press lightly. Cool the cookies for 2 minutes before transferring them to the cooling rack. Allow to cool until the chocolate Kisses are set.

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