Chanukah Greek Olive Oil Crinkle Cookies

2 cups flour
1 cup Dutch process cocoa powder
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2/3 cup olive oil
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp coffee dissolved in 1/4 cup water
Wilton gold color mist food spray

Preheat oven to 350˚. In a bowl, whisk the flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, combine the olive oil, sugar, eggs, vanilla, and coffee. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir well to combine. If any lumps remain, stir the mixture with a hand-mixer until all the ingredients are well incorporated. Place the dough in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight.

Roll 1 heaping tablespoon of batter into a ball and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Make sure to roll the batter quickly (otherwise the heat of your hands will make it sticky). Repeat with remaining batter.

Spray the cookies with gold spray paint and bake at 350 degrees for approximately 12 minutes. Set aside to cool.
While the cookies are still a little warm (but not too hot that they will melt the chocolate), press chocolate coins into the center of each cookie.

VARIATION: Spray the cookies with silver color mist and top with milk chocolate coins. If you prefer not to use color mist, you can roll the cookies in turbinado or powdered sugar instead.

YIELDS: 3 dozen cookies

Submitted by Chanie Apfelbaum. To see more of Chanie’s original recipes and crafts for the holidays