I learned how to cook and bake from my mother and grandmother and something they’ve passed down to me that is so special are recipes that are written in their handwriting.

One of my favorites is my grandmother’s recipe for chocolate crinkle cookies. They were something me and my brothers looked forward to every time she visited.

They are cakey and full of chocolate flavor and they are so unique looking with their sweet crinkles. But it’s important that you chill the dough. It makes creating the shape of the cookie much easier.

You can also halve this recipe because it make about 6 dozen cookies — however, my grandkids usually have them gone before they even get time to cool.

Belle’s Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

½ cup vegetable oil

4 ounces baking chocolate, melted

2 cups sugar

4 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

½ to 1 cup powdered sugar

In a large bowl, mix together the oil, melted chocolate, and sugar. Blend in one egg at a time until well mixed. Mix in the vanilla. In another bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt.

Stir the dry ingredients slowly into the chocolate mixture until well mixed. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill for several hours.

Using a cookie scoop or teaspoon, shape the dough into balls and roll in powdered sugar. Place 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool on racks.

Brenda Stanley is the mother of five children, including two sets of twins and a grandmother of eight. She is a cookbook author and novelist. For more recipes and information, visit her website www.brendastanleybooks.com.