I had thought for weeks on what to bring to my friend’s baby shower. I asked for advise from other Mommies and told me to bring just a simple finger food for an afternoon tea. As much as possible, I would like to prepare the food the day before the party so it won’t be a hassle for me.
I thought of bringing spring rolls or puto, something Filipino, so that we can promote the Filipino taste to other nationalities. My friend’s husband is a Kiwi (New Zealander), and I’m pretty sure we won’t be all Filipinos there. But then, I thought that spring rolls can’t be cooked the day before, and puto has a tendency to be not good sometimes. I don’t know why, but I have issues with puto hehehe!
Anyway, so I thought, why not make something with chocolates. Everyone loves chocolates, who doesn’t? So I came across Joy of Baking’s Chocolate Crinkles Recipe. I was about to make it when I realized that I do not have semi-sweet chocolate and bittersweet chocolate to use for baking. I only have cocoa powder in my pantry. So I kept on searching over the net, and luckily, I found one recipe that seems to be very easy and the ingredients are not quite hard to find in my kitchen, hehe!
I gave it a try 4 days before the baby shower. It was good! I made 2 dozens of them and thought yup, this is the one I’m going to bring to the party. My hubby and daughters love it so much to the extent that I controlled them from eating a lot. I even hid the jar from them, hehehe!
I used 1 tbsp measuring scoop for this recipe. I leveled it using a knife, so it would be even in portion sizes and it would ook very presentable in the eyes of the guests. Then I was right, it looked just perfect for the occasion and it tasted even better than the first time I made it.
My daughter was so sad that I have to bring everything to the party, she said that I should make a batch for them too.
Then at the party, I was a quarter hour late. They were just waiting for me to start the program. It was just sad that they have already eaten. I gave the chocolate crinkles to the host of the party. She didn’t even offer it to the guests. I was so disappointed. I made that chocolate crinkles thinking that they could all have a taste and verdict it, and my friend could have the ones left. But since the party was hosted by her husband’s friend, the chocolate crinkles was left there in their house. Sadly, no one had tasted my chocolate crinkles.
Anyway, as long as my hubby and daughters love what I have made, I am pretty sure it is yum!
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
1. In a medium bowl, mix together cocoa, white sugar, and vegetable oil. Beat in eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt; stir into the cocoa mixture. Cover dough, and chill for at least 4 hour. I kept my dough in the fridge overnight.
2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Roll dough into one inch balls. I like to use 1 tbsp measuring scoop for this recipe. Coat each ball in confectioners’ sugar before placing onto prepared cookie sheets.
3. Bake in preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes. Let stand on the cookie sheet for a minute before transferring to wire racks to cool.