Chocolate Crinkle Cookies — 12 Days of Cookies

These soft and crackly cookies are a staple in Italian bakeries, but you don't have to be an Italian baker to replicate the signature look.
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FNK CHOCOLATE CRINKLE COOKIES Food Network Kitchen Food Network Allpurpose Flour, Unsweetened Cocoa Powder, Baking Powder, Baking Soda, Fine Salt, Bittersweet Chocolate, Unsalted Butter, Light Brown Sugar, Eggs, Confectioners’ Sugar

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

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12 Days of Cookies It’s time for 12 Days of Cookies, Food Network’s annual virtual cookie swap. Each day, visit us here on FN Dish for a peek at new holiday cookies, party-planning tips and top techniques from your favorite Food Network chefs for rolling, spooning, slicing, baking and decorating delicious sweet treats to give — or keep.

These soft and crackly cookies are a staple in Italian bakeries, but you don't have to be an Italian baker to replicate the signature look. For the crinkled effect, simply roll hand-formed balls of chocolate cookie dough in confectioners' sugar until each ball is generously coated. Adding espresso powder complements (and heightens) the chocolate flavor — it's subtle, but totally worth it. And since almonds are a classic ingredient in Italian baking, try spiking the batter with 1/4 teaspoon almond extract.

Get Food Network Kitchen’s Chocolate Crinkle Cookies recipe, and check out 12 Days of Cookies for dozens more recipes and holiday baking inspiration. Then, join the conversation: Tell us what you’re baking this season and what your all-time favorite cookie is.

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