Sometimes baking seems like such magic and it transforms something so plain into something really cool and yummy. That is how I feel about crinkle cookies, in particular. I have had many bad crinkles that are dried out and lacking chocolate flavor. After I had some in Maui at our hotel, I was able to rediscover them. When I came across this recipe I was excited to see how gooey the cookies looked. I wanted soft crinkles that were fudgy, and these taste just like brownies. I love how these cookies start as simple balls that turn into beautiful flat cookies with ridges. Each time I get excited about it.
They also strike me as such holiday cookies. You always see them around December, and it seemed right to make them. We were enjoying our Seattle winter and are now back across the country visiting family. Here are a couple pictures from our last weekend of the year in Seattle.