Mocha Crinkles

By Emily Amjad & Madeleine Schroedel

(Adapted from Kids’ Favorite Christmas Cookies)

These crinkle cookies are the perfect holiday bite.  Not only are they delicious, they look like little puffs of snow-dusted chocolate.  In just 20 minutes, we whipped up this simple batter, and it was ready for the refrigerator.  You do have to wait a couple hours before indulging in the real fun, but it’s totally worth it!  (Recipe makes about 6 dozen.)

P.S. The crinkles in your study guides for midterms match the crinkles on the cookies 😉

(I realize Emily’s humor might not be that funny – I apologize for your pain.)

P.S.S. Dipping Cape Cod Kettle Cooked Potato Chips in the batter tastes AWESOMEly weird and delicious.  Sweet and salty, coffee-tinged, and slightly dangerous, considering the raw egg… be careful of salmonella. NONETHELESS, try it.


1 ⅓ cups packed light brown sugar

½ cup vegetable oil

¼ cup sour cream

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 ¾ cups all purpose flour

¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

2 teaspoons instant espresso/coffee granules

1 teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon salt

⅛ teaspoon black pepper

½ cup powdered sugar


1.) Mix (using an electric mixer) the brown sugar and oil in a bowl on medium until combined.  Add the sour cream, egg, and vanilla, and continue to beat until well incorporated.

2.) In a different bowl, combine the cocoa powder, flour, espresso, baking soda, salt, and pepper.  Then add this to the brown sugar mixture.  beat the batter until everything is blended together.  It should be dark brown and thick (almost fudgy).

3.) Refrigerate the dough for 3-4 hours (until firm).

4.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

5.) Put the powdered sugar in a shallow bowl.  Create small balls (about one inch wide).  Roll each one in the powdered sugar and place it on an ungreased baking sheet.

6.) Bake the dough for 11-13 minutes. The cookies will become for firm once they sit for a few minutes.  After 13 minutes take the cookies out of the oven even if they look uncooked in the centers, as they’ll harden up as they cool. They easily become too hard, so keep that in mind!

7.) Let cool completely and enjoy!