Thanks to Dave for pointing out that NPR had an error on the original Crinkle Cookie recipe. The amount of oil should be 1/3 cup. I made a half batch and my cookies were definitely on the flat side but they were still good. Maybe I liked them precisely because they were not dry and cloyingly sweet like other Crinkles or because I was too enamored with the fact that Shirley’s sugar trick worked. Now I’m worried the correct version will be too dry, but I’m going to try it anyway.
NPR has posted their corrected version as well, so I’m not going to say anything until I re-make it!
Interestingly, commenters who made the recipe the incorrect way were saying their cookies were a total disaster — too flat and too sweet. Mine were definitel not too sweet. I think maybe people are using sweeter melted chocolate. I used 70% cacao.