food and family in salt lake city

Chocolate Peppermint Crinkles

Dear Santa,
Get your own cookies.

I’ve been pretty nice this year (depending on who you ask…so ask the right person!), and well, after tasting these cookies I just can’t be nice anymore. They’re mine all mine! I’m not sharing! I don’t care if I get coal in my stocking this year…I’ll just put these cookies in my stocking instead. So take that Santa!

Speaking of Santa, here is Zoe’s first real look at the Jolly old elf.


And here are Quinn and Xavier too, but they’ve grown to like Santa just a bit more than Zoe did.


We made these cookies as a family and it got pretty messy, but it was a lot of fun and they (the cookies) still tasted delicious. I recommend you make them with someone you love too. Enjoy!



Chocolate Peppermint Crinkles

(adapted from Allrecipes)

1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp peppermint extract
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup powdered sugar

crushed candy cane, for garnish (optional)

In a medium-sized bowl, beat together cocoa powder, sugar and vegetable oil. Next, beat in eggs one at a time. Stir in vanilla and peppermint. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt; mix into the cocoa mixture. Cover dough with plastic wrap and chill for 2-4 hours.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Prepare baking sheets with baking mats or parchment paper. Scoop out dough into 2 teaspoon size balls ( I use a #60 Oxo scoop), and roll into the powdered sugar, coating the entire thing. Place dough about 2 inches apart.

Bake for 10-12 minutes, letting cookies cool on the baking sheet a few minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

For garnish, top each cookie with a small amount of crushed candy cane.

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