One of my favorite things about Christmas? Cookies everywhere, all the time, cookies! And one cookie that deserves merit this year are Chocolate Crinkles.
Anytime I eat a Chocolate Crinkles, I think of my first Christmas working as a tennis Pro.
Most of you know I have been playing tennis pretty much my whole life. But I’ve also been coaching for a while too. Thinking back I have been coaching tennis since about the age of 14. Mostly summer jobs and some during the school hear, I was lucky enough to always find coaching jobs throughout my teen years.
Then after graduating college, I moved back home to apply to “business jobs” in my field. Fortunately for me, I was able to land a full time tennis pro job at the really nice Golf and Tennis club.
I was so nervous that first year as a tennis pro. I remember being the youngest instructor (by a lot), and one of 2 women teaching there. So it was definitely a hard at first to both gain credibility and clients. But even with the first year struggles, I loved my job. I mean what’s better than getting to do the thing you love doing the most as a job? Especially right out of college?!
I also lucked out by working with some pretty cool co-workers and clients. So as a sign of friendship and appreciation, I decided to make homemade gifts for all my co-workers and clients that very first holiday season!
Normally this would be fine, if you bring a big tray of cookies to an office and everyone can help themselves. But in a job like this, when you only see people once a week for an hour, this was much more complicated.
My cookie of choice that year, were these soft chewy Chocolate Crinkles. So tasty, so pretty and perfect to stuff into cute little Christmas tins wrapped with a little twine bow.
I will never forget this Christmas because I baked SO MANY of these little guys. I honestly made a few hundred. I was pretty much covered in powdered sugar for about a week and constantly baking or packaging.
First off I underestimated how many people I was going to give too, and secondly I overdid it on how many cookies I gave. Long story short, it was a good idea in theory but planning and execution was not good. (yep total type A over here). And you know how it is with gifts, you can’t just give to some and not others. That’s lame. In the end, it was worth the work and made for a pretty memorable Christmas. Plus I got a sneak peak into the life of a part-time cookie baker.
Back to these delicious cookies, don’t let my story scare you, they are easy to make. The only added step compared to say a chocolate chip cookie is rolling them in sugar. And my favorite thing about these little cookies is how they look. Adorable little crinkles that contrast between the white powdered sugar and the dark chocolate color. Seriously glam. They really make a statement. Plus they are delicious and fun to eat because you always end up having to lick the sugar off your fingers.
The moral of my cookie story is, make these cookies and share them this holiday season. Give them to your family or friends or yourself (why not).
Recipe slightly adapted from Cook’s Illustrated Crinkle Cookies.