09 December, 2010

Chocolate Crinkles

My current marathon training allows me to chomp down cookies like there is no tomorrow. Carbs is what my body needs, right? Well, not only, of course. In fact, I went to a seminar about nutrition and pacing for runners the other day. They quoted a few successful long-distance runners and triathletes saying, that a diet (too) low in fats and proteins has a negative impact on their performance. So bring on the butter and eggs too :-)
Because I can/have to eat a lot more with this training,  I am very conscious about what I put into my body. As a result, I only eat homemade foods. The good thing is, I never get tired of baking cookies. I love doing that first thing in the morning, or last thing at night. These chocolate crinkles have been on my list for a very long time. I love their rustic look. They look a bit like German breads, perhaps that's why I feel so attracted by them. The ingredients list is simple and straightforward: chocolate, butter, eggs and flour with a hint of cinnamon guarantee a simple and delicious cookie.
Tomorrow morning I run my first Half Marathon of the season. The finishing time will be a good barometer of how well I did with the training for the full marathon. I am feeling good and confident. For the first time ever, I have a pacing strategy, that the running coach on that seminar suggested: Get the average pace of your goal time. Run the first third a little slower. Run the second third at average pace. Run the last third as fast as you can/want. He promised PBs with this tactic. We'll see. Wish me luck!!

4oz semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
2 tablespoons butter, unsalted

1/4 cup palm sugar
1 egg

3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup powdered sugar

Yields ca. 20
Melt the chocolate and butter together in a double boiler. Remove from heat once melted.
Beat sugar and egg until fluffy.  Stir in the chocolate mixture. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, salt, cinnamon and baking powder. Add the flour mix to the chocolate mix. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, so that the batter is firm enough to shape into balls. 
Preheat oven to 165C/325F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Fill a shallow bowl with powdered sugar. Form balls size of a walnut. Then roll the dough balls in the powdered sugar until they are completely coated.
Place the balls on the baking sheet about 1 and 1/2 inches apart. Bake for about 10 minutes, or  until the edges are firm but the centers are still soft. Cool on wire rack.


  1. Good Luck on your marathon!!!
    I will try your recipe for choc crinkles on my baking spree tomorow! Your recipes always turn out wonderful! thanks

  2. dann aber heute früh ins bett! viel glück. schick mal paar crinkles in die verschneite heimat :-)

  3. These look great. Good luck with your first half marathon!

  4. Thanks for your wishes. The Half Marathon went really well, did a PB with my pacing strategy.

  5. Anja! I'm so glad your first marathon went well! The experience is truly intoxicating: betweent he tiredness, the endorphines and the sweat... well, you're in a separate world! Now you get to rest and indulge. Congratulations!

    I'm going to make these cookies tomorrow! I was browsing for ideas and I foudn them! I'm attending a potluck and I think I'll bring your date brownies and chocolate crinkles. I'll return to let you know how they turned out.

    Thanks and congrats again!

  6. The cookies and brownies came out perfectly Anja! Thanks!

  7. @ Bird Cage
    I am so glad you liked them. Makes my day.

  8. I just made these cookies, and they are wonderful and beautiful! thank you so much!