My children have dubbed these "Krinkle Klause" although the real name is the very cumbersome "Kris Kringle's Chocolate Krinkles." I"m pretty sure they just can't remember it. These come from DeDe Wilson's christmas cookie field guide. We double the recipe every year, because although it claims to make 80 cookies it really only makes 40.
5 oz. unsweetened chocolate
1 stick butter
2 c. a.p. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
4 large eggs
2 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1) Melt the chocolate and butter together over boiling water in a metal bowl (or whatever way you want to really). Remove from heat and stir until completely smooth.
2) Mix up the dry ingredients in a bowl.
3) In the bowl of an electric mixer beat the eggs and sugar and vanilla for about 2 minutes, until they're creamy.
4) Whisk in the chocolate/butter.
5) Mix in the dry.
the batter will be thinnish, but that's o.k. because you're going to refrigerate it - 6 hours or overnight.
6) Preheat oven to 350.
Put some confectioners sugar into a bowl, roll the dough into 1" balls and roll them (or have your kitchen helpers roll them. . . messy but fun) in the sugar. You want a thick coating. Place them 2" apart on a sheet and bake about 11-12 min. they'll be puffed and crackled.