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Maca Chocolate Crinkles

Maca Chocolate Crinkles
Leslie Grow / For The Times

Chocolate crinkle cookies don’t need much improvement: They’re dark and chewy like a fudgy brownie and covered in beautifully cracked powdered sugar. But to play up the earthy, creamy flavor of the double chocolate in these cookies, pleasantly funky maca ... Read more

35 minutes. Makes about 4 dozen cookies.
  • ⅓ cup dark purple sparkling sugar, plus more
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted (4 ounces; see Baker’s Note)
  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour (7 ⅞ ounces; see Baker’s Note)
  • ½ cup unsweetened Dutch-process or black cocoa powder (see Baker’s Note)
  • 2 tablespoons maca powder, preferably black, red or black and red-purple blend
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ⅓ cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature

Step 1Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

Step 2Blitz the purple sparkling sugar in a food processor until powdery, then add the powdered sugar and pulse to combine (alternatively, process the purple sugar in a spice grinder to powder, then whisk into the powdered sugar). Transfer the purple powdered sugar to a shallow bowl.

Step 3Sift the flour, cocoa powder and maca powder in a medium bowl. In a large bowl, combine the chocolate, both sugars, the sour cream, butter, salt, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla and eggs and whisk until smooth. Fold in the flour mixture with a rubber spatula until smooth.

Step 4Use a ½-ounce ice cream scoop or one tablespoon to drop a dough ball into the purple sugar and roll to coat. Transfer to a prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough and purple sugar, arranging the balls 2 inches apart on the sheets.

Step 5Bake, rotating the baking sheets from front to back and top to bottom halfway through, until the cookies are firm at the edges but still soft in the middle, 8 to 9 minutes.

Step 6Let the cookies cool on the baking sheets for 1 minute before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Sprinkle cookies with more purple sugar, if you like, before serving.

The cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.
Note: When measuring flour, powdered sugar or cocoa powder, spoon it into a dry measuring cup and level off the excess. Scooping compacts the ingredients, resulting in dry baked goods.

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