Nikki's Chocolate Espresso Crinkles (and a link to her INSANE toffee!)

OK y'all -- did you SEE the toffee Nikki posted on her blog last week?  
RIDICULOUS.  That looks SO good.


...and today she is here at the Nest sharing another delicious treat!


Looking for some fun, pretty Christmas cookies for your cookie tray that don't take tons of decorating times?  
Give Chocolate Espresso Crinkles a try!


The espresso powder used in this recipe adds a depth of flavor and an adult twist to this Christmas cookie classic.

Chocolate Espresso Crinkle Cookies Recipe:

  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 t vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 t baking powder
  • 1 T espresso powder
  • 1/2 t salt
  • powdered sugar (for rolling the cookie dough in)

Instructions:

1. Beat together the cocoa, sugar, and oil, until well combined.  It will look gritty and shiny.  
2. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing for at least 30 seconds between each addition.  Add the vanilla and beat until mixed.
3. Add the rest of the dry ingredients--the espresso powder, flour, salt, baking powder--and mix until just combined.  
4. Turn out the dough, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least four hours, and ideally overnight.
5. Use a tablespoon measure or a cookie scoop (that's my preference!  So easy!) to portion out balls of the chilled dough.


6. Drop the rolled balls of dough into powdered sugar, and roll around to coat well.


7. Place the powdered sugar covered balls of cookie dough on a parchment lined baking sheet. 

8. Bake for 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  
Allow to cool on the baking sheet for a minute or two after coming out of the oven before transferring to a cooling rack.


That fabulous, craggy, crinkly effect?  That happens all by itself.  


I just love the deep chocolate crags peeking out of the snowy white shell of the cookie.
But even better is the flavor.  Fabulous with a cup of coffee.
 If you drink coffee with these cookies, that means they're totally a valid choice for breakfast, right?


I agree Nikk!  TOTALLY valid choice for breakfast!!  Add orange juice and it is healthy....right??? :)

 If you liked this post, you will LOVE Nikki's work over at Tikkido!  
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