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Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are a little bit like brownies in cookie form! They’re rich, fudgy, and chewy in the middle, and dusted in a coating of powdered sugar.

baked and finished chocolate crinkles served on a plate

You know what they say about not judging a book by its cover? These cookies look unassuming, but looks can be deceiving! They’re surprisingly decadent, and they have everything you want in a cookie—crispy edges, chewy middles, and lots of chocolate flavor. The best way to describe this recipe is a brownie in the form of a cookie. If you love brownies, you’re going to want to bookmark this one!

chocolate crinkles served on a white round plate with two cookies sitting next to the plate on a marble countertop

Easy Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Chocolate Crinkles are a Christmastime staple for my family, but these are year-round cookies for sure. They’re easy enough to whip up whenever you have a cookie craving (or a brownie craving! or a chocolate craving!), and if you make them for a party, they’re sure to disappear as soon as you set them out!

Like most cookie doughs, this one freezes beautifully. If you’re making Christmas cookies, you can make the dough in advance and bake it closer to the big day. Or you can form the cookie dough into balls so you can pop a few in the oven when you feel like cookies! Just let the balls thaw at room temperature for 30 minutes, then bake them as directed in the recipe.

(PS – Do you love chocolate cookies? Make Hot Chocolate Blossom Cookies too! Love keeping it simple? Then you should try my classic Shortbread Cookies!)

ingredients to make chocolate crinkle cookies

Ingredients

  • Unsweetened cocoa powder – Don’t use hot cocoa mix! It’s not the same.
  • White sugar
  • Vegetable oil – Canola oil will work too.
  • Eggs – Let the eggs sit on the counter to come to room temperature.
  • Vanilla extract
  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Confectioners’ sugar

Variations

  • Add a splash of peppermint extract to make Peppermint Chocolate Crinkle Cookies.
  • Fold chocolate chips into the dough to make your cookies even richer.
  • Use these cookies to make ice cream sandwiches! Fill them with peppermint ice cream and roll the sides in crushed candy canes for a festive, frosty treat.
steps to make chocolate crinkles

How to Make Chocolate Crinkles

1. Make the Cookie Dough

Combine the cocoa, white sugar, and vegetable oil in a medium mixing bowl. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt; stir the dry mixture into the chocolate mixture. 

2. Chill the Dough

Cover the mixing bowl and chill the dough for at least 4 hours.

3. Prepare

Preheat your oven to 350ºF and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. 

4. Form the Cookies

Roll the Chocolate Crinkle dough into one-inch balls using your hands or a medium cookie scoop. Coat each ball in confectioners’ sugar, then place it onto the prepared baking sheets.

5. Bake 

Place the baking sheets in the oven and bake the cookies for 10 to 12 minutes. Let the cookies sit on the cookie sheet for a minute before transferring them to wire racks to finish cooling.

How to Store

Store Chocolate Crinkles in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week. You can freeze baked cookies for up to 3 months in a freezer bag or storage container.

baked chocolate crinkle cookies on a black metal cooling rack

FAQ

Why are Crinkles called Crinkles?

Chocolate Crinkles get their name from the crinkles that form when the cookies are baked. Because the dough balls are coated in powdered sugar before baking, the chocolate cracks give these cookies their signature look!

How do you keep Chocolate Crinkles fresh?

As long as you store these cookies in an airtight container at room temperature, they’ll stay fresh for up to a week! If you don’t think you’ll be able to eat them within a week (doubtful!), freeze them instead.

Why is my Crinkle cookie dough sticky?

If your dough seems too sticky, put it back in the refrigerator to chill a little bit longer.

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Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are a little bit like brownies in cookie form! They’re rich, fudgy, and chewy in the middle, and dusted in a coating of powdered sugar.
2.75 from 4 votes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Kasey Schwartz
Servings: 24
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients  

  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup confectioners’ sugar

Instructions 

  • In a medium bowl, mix together cocoa, white sugar, and vegetable oil. Beat in eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla.
  • Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt; stir into the cocoa mixture. Cover dough, and chill for at least 4 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Roll dough into one inch balls or use a medium cookie scoop.
  • Coat each ball in confectioners' sugar before placing to prepared cookie sheets.
  • Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Let stand on the cookie sheet for a minute before transferring to wire racks to cool.

Nutrition

Calories: 132kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 60mg | Potassium: 110mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 40IU | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg
Keyword: chocolate cookies, cookies, crinkle cookies
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About Kasey Schwartz

Hi, I’m Kasey, Founder of All Things Mamma – where I am dishing up family favorite recipes that are easy to make with simple, everyday ingredients. Plus – tips and tricks for living your best life!

Comments

  1. 5 stars
    These are delightful and simple! We will definitely make them again!

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