Sunday, December 22, 2013

How the Grinch Crinkled Christmas Cookies--From Scratch

Kudos to Cookin' Cowgirl for an awesome recipe for How the Grinch Crinkled Christmas Cookies.

I don't buy cake mixes.  I learned that if I buy cake mixes, they just sit in my pantry and expire or get weevils.  Did I mention that when I was pregnant with Buddy someone brought us the most delicious cake balls made from a cake mix?? I took a big bite of my 3rd one and thought that I felt something strange in my mouth.  I quickly spit it out to find the FATTEST weevil I have ever seen in my life. Because I was pregnant, I wanted to vomit. I lived, but it scarred me. (just kidding--sort of)

 Here's my take on the Grinch Cookies. No cake mixes allowed!

Crinkled Grinch Cookies
2 C. all-purpose flour
1 1/2 C. white granulated sugar
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt (if using unsalted butter, use 1/2 tsp. salt instead)
1/2 C. nonfat dry milk
8 Tbsp. butter, melted
2 eggs
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Green food coloring (amount of choice--I used about 30 drops of chartreuse, 40 drops of green, and 6 drops of blue)--leave the food coloring out if you don't care if they're green!

1/2 C. powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. cornstarch

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and non fat dry milk in a medium sized bowl. Add melted butter and beat with a hand mixer until the butter is somewhat evenly distributed. Add the eggs and mix until the texture is even throughout. Add the vanilla and mix again. Next, add the green food coloring until the dough has a nice even color.

Combine the powdered sugar and cornstarch in small bowl.  Roll balls of cookie dough (about 1 Tbsp. each) and roll them in the powdered sugar/cornstarch mix.  Place on greased cookie sheet (I also used parchment paper) and bake for about 8-9 minutes.

Allow cookies to cool for about 1 minute on the cookie sheet and then transfer to a cooling rack until completely cooled.




Julianne said...

Why did you add the corn starch to the powdered sugar? I make different cookies that I coat with powdered sugar, but that's it.

Allison said...

I added corn starch to the powdered sugar because the original recipe called for it. I was simply replacing the need for a cake mix when I created this recipe. I'm sure it would work without it though!

Allison said...

Ok. just looked it up @Julianne! Cornstarch or other similar ingredients are ALREADY in powdered sugar and are used as anti-caking agents. So, by adding more cornstarch it is less likely to cake. There you have it. But it sounds like it would still work without it.

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