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Recipe for Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Recipe for Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

In my opinion, you can’t fully experience the holidays unless you eat at least one chocolate crinkle cookie:) I tend to indulge in more than just one because I love these cookies! They are the perfect holiday cookie!

Crinkles are easy to make, the batch makes a ton…so they are perfect for gift giving, and they gorgeous! I love how the balls of chocolate are rolled in powdered sugar. When they melt in the oven, the cookies crackle with the perfect snow affect. They remind me of a winter wonderland!

It is important to take these cookies out of the oven on time…I only bake mine for 10 minutes and not a second longer. You want them soft for that nice, brownie texture.

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Yields: 51 cookies

Adapted from Essence of Chocolate: Recipes for Baking and Cooking with Fine Chocolate

· 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
· 2 teaspoons baking powder
· 1/2 teaspoon salt
· 1/4 cup canola oil
· 4 ounces 99% unsweetened chocolate, melted
· 2 cups granulated sugar
· 4 large eggs
· 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
· 1 cup confectioners’ sugar

Combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the oil, chocolate and granulated sugar and blend on medium speed. With the mixer running, add the eggs, one at a time, followed by the vanilla, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary. There may be some small clumps of sugar in the batter at this point. Add the dry ingredients and mix on low speed, stopping once to scrape down the sides. Mix until just incorporated, 2 to 3 minutes. The dough will be sticky.

Gather the dough into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap and chill for at least 2 hours or overnight.

Position the racks in the lower and upper thirds of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with Silpats or parchment paper.

Pour the confectioners’ sugar onto a plate or into a shallow bowl. Roll the dough into 1-inch balls, drop onto the sugar and roll each ball so that all sides are covered. Place 2 inches apart on the prepared sheets.

Bake for 10 minutes for soft, chewy cookies, or 12 minutes for crisp cookies, rotating the pans halfway through baking. The cookies are done when the edges are set (but the tops still have a little give to them). Let cool completely on cooling racks. The cookies can be stored in an airtight container for 3 to 4 days.

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42 Responses to “Recipe for Chocolate Crinkle Cookies”

  1. 1
    Erica — December 18, 2008 @ 7:08 am

    ow my! You guys are baking up so many great cookies!

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    Balance, Joy and Delicias! — December 18, 2008 @ 7:11 am

    ohhhhh…. you keep creating goodies!!! How can I catch up with you????

    and you’re right, it can’t be a perfect holiday without chocolate cookies!!!

  3. 3
    Barbara Bakes — December 18, 2008 @ 7:13 am

    Another great recipe I’m going to have to try!

  4. 4
    Lisa — December 18, 2008 @ 7:17 am

    These are a great joliday cookie. I love the ice cream. It is my daughters birthday on the 23rd and she loves mint ice cream. I might make soime for her.

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    Allie — December 18, 2008 @ 7:35 am

    Ooh, those sound yummy!

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    Sara — December 18, 2008 @ 7:40 am

    Your picture of the cookies looks so pretty!

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    Cathy — December 18, 2008 @ 7:43 am

    Thank you! I need a batch of something that makes a ton! I feel like I bake every night these days and yet still can’t seem to fill up the gift bags enough. I am going to make these tonight!!

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    Culinarywannabe — December 18, 2008 @ 8:00 am

    What beautiful cookies! And 50+ of them – even better!

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    Cristine — December 18, 2008 @ 8:02 am

    Can you believe I’ve never had a crinkle cookie before? I’ll have to give these a try!

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    Live.Love.Eat — December 18, 2008 @ 8:14 am

    I’ve never had one either. GASP!!! Looks awesome!

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    Mary — December 18, 2008 @ 8:35 am

    What beautiful cookies, Maria. Chocolate crinkles are one of my favorites.

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    Jodi — December 18, 2008 @ 9:04 am

    I was just thinking of making this cookie about a week or two ago and I noticed my recipe called for a cake mix and I didn’t want to go that route! So I’m glad to come across your recipe!

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    Dawn — December 18, 2008 @ 9:25 am

    well after reading what others are saying I won’t feel so bad…I have never had one or made one either. I know I know.
    But I honestly had no idea they tasted like a brownie. I always thought, for years, that they tasted like a meringue. Now that I know I must make them.

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    The Food Librarian — December 18, 2008 @ 9:59 am

    i love these cookies too! I’ve made Martha’s version but I want to try yours too! Yummy!

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    Pam — December 18, 2008 @ 11:16 am

    I’ve never made these but I love them. We are snowed in today – a perfect time to bake cookies.

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    anudivya — December 18, 2008 @ 11:22 am

    I have been wanting to make these… looks so pretty right?

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    Audrey — December 18, 2008 @ 12:02 pm

    these are one of my favorite cookies any time of year…I’m going through serious baking withdrawal! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and new year!

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    CookiePie — December 18, 2008 @ 2:26 pm

    YUM – those cookies look fabulous!! I love how “snowy” they are :)

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    Darius T. Williams — December 18, 2008 @ 2:44 pm

    I’m w/erica – you guys just keep the cookie madness coming. They look great!

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    Leslie — December 18, 2008 @ 3:39 pm

    I love love love crinkle cookies!!! yours look delish!

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    Bridgett — December 18, 2008 @ 3:47 pm

    I always find these cookies interesting looking! This is a great recipe and festive for the holiday.

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    VeggieGirl — December 18, 2008 @ 4:56 pm

    I’ll take a dozen of those, please!! :-)

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    The Blonde Duck — December 18, 2008 @ 5:39 pm

    It’s like little chocolate glaciers!

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    ttfn300 — December 18, 2008 @ 9:16 pm

    those look perfect! i don’t think they ever made it to mom’s trays… but maybe they’ll be a new addition this year :)

  25. 25
    Manggy — December 19, 2008 @ 1:31 am

    So true. These are one of my favorite cookies, evah!!!

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    Debbie — December 19, 2008 @ 5:02 am

    Oh those cookies look so good!

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    Grace — December 19, 2008 @ 5:52 am

    seriously, anyone who can eat only one of these cookies is some sort of alien. :)

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    Peter M — December 19, 2008 @ 10:44 am

    These crinkle cookies are the style of the season/year and I love the contrast.

    Trade ya bunny for a bunch?

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    Usha — December 19, 2008 @ 1:14 pm

    These cookies look so wonderful, perfect for the holiday season :-)

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    Liz — December 19, 2008 @ 11:49 pm

    This is too weird, I just made chocolate crinkle dough tonight to bake off this weekend! I heard a piece on NPR this week about making them, and the chef said she rolls hers in granulated sugar first, and then powdered sugar. The granulated layer prevents the powdered sugar from soaking into the dough and keeps it bright white.

    I’m loving all your holiday cookie posts!

  31. 31
    Angela@SpinachTiger — December 11, 2009 @ 4:59 pm

    Okay this is my second choice now for Christmas cookies.

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    Camille — December 8, 2010 @ 8:39 pm

    I know I’m like two years late but… I need some help. I made these today per the recipe above and they turned out super flat! Like flatter than a pancake. I baked them from chilled and frozen states (thinking that frozen would help them spread less). Any ideas?

    ps, I also tried rolling them in just powder sugar and granulated then powder sugar and I did not see any difference.

    • twopeas replied: — December 9th, 2010 @ 7:26 am

      Try adding more flour to your dough. And don’t flatten before baking. Sorry you had issues!

      • Camille replied: — December 10th, 2010 @ 2:26 pm

        I am an idiot. I used baking SODA instead of baking POWDER.
        Apparently I need to learn how to read. For Christmas I am going to ask for hooked on phonics. Or ADD medication. Please disregard my flat cookie cry for help above.

        • twopeas replied: — December 10th, 2010 @ 2:27 pm

          Glad you figured out the problem:)

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    Angie Sneed — December 8, 2011 @ 2:44 pm

    Hi, Can you freeze this cookie dough? Thanks!

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    Rebecca — December 29, 2011 @ 10:19 pm

    I was looking for a recipe for these cookies this year for my Christmas cookies and saw yours, thanks for sharing! I added peppermint crunch junior mints to make festive and they were awesome!

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    Stacy — December 8, 2012 @ 6:00 am

    We love theses cookies we call them Crack Cookies cause you can’t eat just one.

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    Elise — October 9, 2013 @ 8:53 pm

    I made these recently and they were AMAZING, especially warm out of the oven. Great recipe!

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    jann jones — December 8, 2013 @ 11:23 am

    Oh, my gosh, my neighbor’s grandmother made something very similar looking when I was a child, with maraschino cherry halves in the top, I LOVED those cookies! I SOOOO have to make these!!!!

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