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Chocolate Crinkles
Viola Catherine Moncelle Brooks

McLean County, Illinois
(Transcribed by: Teri Moncelle Colglazier)

1/2 cup shortening
1 2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 eggs
2 one ounce squares unsweetened chocolate, melted
2 cups sifted enriched flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup milk
1/2 cup chopped california or black walnuts
sifted confectioners sugar or granulateed sugar

Cream shortening, granulated sugar and vanilla thoroughly.

Beat in eggs, then chocolate.

Sift dry ingredients together.

Add to the creamed mixture alternately with milk, blending well after each addition.

Stir in walnuts.

Chill 2 to 3 hours.

Form in 1 inch balls.

Roll in confectioners sugar.

Place on greased cooky sheet 2 to 3 inches apart.

Bake in moderate oven (350 degrees) about 15 minutes.

Cool slightly before removing from pan.

Makes about 4 dozen.

(granulated sugar may be used to roll cookies in)

(Transcriber note: Another great cook in my family! Many days were spent, during my growing up years, sampling the various goodies Aunt Viola always had ready to serve visitors!)

Viola was born in Colfax, McLean County, Illinois to Charles LeRoy "Roy" and Jennie Catherine Harms Moncelle. She married Virgil Marlow Brooks (son of Thomas D. and Ella Mae Mustin Brooks) on 8 October 1938 in the Methodist Parsonage, Chenoa, Illinois (officated by Rev. Samuel J. Buck). They had two sons. Viola lived in Lexington, Illinois until the mid 1980's when she moved to Bloomington. She is the third of seven children.

[Moncelle Family Records]


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