Make Carla Hall's Crinkle Cookies

06/28/2013 at 02:20 PM EDT

Make Carla Hall's Crinkle Cookies
Carla Hall's Crinkle Cookies
Kana Okada. Inset: Michael N. Todaro/Wireimage
The chef and owner of the artisan cookie company Alchemy by Carla Hall whips up a special recipe for your holiday party and is featured in this week's PEOPLE.

Crinkle Cookies

Makes About 4 Dozen

4 tbsp. butter
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 large egg
½ cup sugar
¼ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
½ tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
¾ tsp. baking powder
1/3 cup mini chocolate chips
¼ cup powdered sugar

1. Preheat oven to 350º.
2. Microwave butter and cocoa in a glass bowl on high for 45 seconds. Whisk mixture until smooth; set aside.
3. Whisk together egg, sugars, salt and vanilla in a medium bowl until smooth. Gradually add egg mixture to chocolate mixture, whisking until well-blended.
4. Whisk flour and baking powder together in a small bowl. Stir flour mixture into chocolate mixture until well-blended. Stir in chocolate chips. Cover and chill dough for 30 minutes or until dough is firm enough to handle easily.
5. Place powdered sugar in a shallow bowl. Scoop dough and form into ¾-in. balls; roll in powdered sugar. Arrange cookies on parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake for 5 to 8 minutes. Cool cookies 1 minute on baking sheet; transfer to wire rack and cool completely

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