Mocha Crinkles

(Elisa Varey)

Our first winner today is Elisa Varey for her Mocha Crinkles! Elisa grew up in Alexandria, near Old Town, where my protagonist, Sophie Winston lives. She was just there and says it's all decorated for Christmas!

Here's Elisa's recipe ~

*** I love the mocha crinkle cookies...

Mocha Crinkles

1 1/3 cup light brown sugar

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1/4 cup low fat sour cream

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

1 3/4 cup all purpose flour

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

2 tsp instant espresso/ coffee granules

1 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1/8 tsp ground black pepper

1/2 cup powdered sugar

Beat brown sugar & oil in medium bowl with electric mixer. Mix in sour cream, egg, and vanilla. Set aside.

Mix flour, cocoa, espresso, baking soda, salt and pepper in another medium bowl.

Add flour mixture to brown sugar mixture and mix well. Refrigerate dough until firm to 3 to 4 hours.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place powdered sugar in shallow bowl. Set aside.

Cut dough into 1 inch pieces. Roll into balls in powdered sugar.

Bake on ungreased cookie sheets for 10-12 mins or until firm to touch.

Krista's take ~

When you walk into really great cafe, the aroma of coffee envelops you, and there's that undercurrent smell of freshly baked cookies. That's how these cookies smell when they're baking.

The dough mixed up very nicely. This is another easy Nina Reid Norwood recipe that anyone can tackle. One of the things I like about both of these recipes is that they have to be refrigerated. I made both in the evening and baked them in the morning. That means you can whip up the dough, stash it in the fridge and bake them later at your convenience.

They're rolled in powdered sugar and baked on an ungreased baking sheet. Very easy.

And then they come out of the oven all crinkled and smelling heavenly of coffee!