Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

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Chocolate Crinkle Cookies-these soft and chewy, brownie-like cookies covered in confectioners’ sugar are a favorite Christmas cookie! A must for every holiday cookie platter!

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

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! The chocolate crinkles are fudgy with a soft and chewy center, but still have a slightly crisp edge. The brownie-like cookies are coated in confectioner’s sugar, giving them a sweet, snow-kissed look.

The recipe makes a lot of cookies so they are perfect for sharing and gifting! When the cookies melt in the oven, they crackle with the perfect snow affect. They remind me of a winter wonderland! They really are the perfect Christmas cookie!

Best Chocolate Crinkles

Secret Ingredient for Chocolate Crinkles

This is hands down the best chocolate crinkle recipe. Trust me, I have tried a few recipes and always come back to this one! 

What makes this chocolate crinkle recipe so special? This recipe uses melted unsweetened chocolate instead of unsweetened cocoa powder and I am telling you it is a game changer. The flavor is SO much better. I actually did a side-by-side taste test and everyone picked my recipe with the melted chocolate over the crinkles made with cocoa powder.

Using melted chocolate intensifies the chocolate flavor. Sure, it takes a little extra time to melt chocolate, but it is SO worth it. I promise the flavor is the BEST! Make sure you use unsweetened chocolate and a GOOD quality chocolate.

How to Make Chocolate Crinkles

How to Make Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Crinkle cookies are easy to make, but you HAVE to chill the dough, it is mandatory. If you don’t chill the dough, the dough will be too sticky, and you will end up with a chocolate cookie mess….and no crinkly tops! So just plan in advance, I like making the dough one day and baking one day. Makes life easier!

Let’s get CRINKLE-ING!

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  • Place unsweetened chopped chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl; microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring between each, until melted. Alternatively, you can use a double broiler to melt the chocolate. Remember, the melted chocolate is going to make the BEST chocolate crinkles. Make sure you use unsweetened chocolate.
  • Mix together the melted chocolate, oil, and granulated sugar. Beat on medium speed until combined. Mix in the room temperature eggs and vanilla extract.
  • Add the dry ingredients and mix on low speed until combined. The dough will be sticky and that is ok.
  • For the dough into a disc and wrap with plastic wrap. Chill the dough for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight. Chilling the dough is a MUST!
  • When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line large baking sheet with Silpats or parchment paper.
  • Roll the chilled dough into 1-inch balls, don’t roll the cookies too big or they will spread and be too flat. You want a smaller cookie.
  • Completely cover the cookie dough balls in confectioners’ sugar. You want to make sure they are completely white all around! The kids can help with this step, it’s ok if it snows in your kitchen, that is all part of the fun. Pro tip-if you want to prevent the confectioners’ sugar from melting into the cookies, you can roll the cookie dough balls in granulated sugar before rolling them into confectioners’ sugar.
  • Place the cookie balls onto the prepared baking sheet, about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10 minutes or until cookies are set around the edges, but still soft in the center. Don’t over bake.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool on the baking sheet for 3 to 5 minutes or until set. Transfer to a cooling rack and cool completely.

Can You Freeze Chocolate Crinkles?

Yes! Chocolate crinkle cookie dough freezes well. Roll the dough into balls, but don’t roll them in the powdered sugar. Place the cookie dough balls on a baking sheet, and freeze until firm, then store in an airtight container or plastic freezer bag. Label, date, and freeze for up to 2 months. When ready to bake, roll the frozen cookie dough balls in confectioner’s sugar and add a few extra minutes to the baking time.

You can freeze the baked crinkle cookies, but note, they won’t be quite as pretty after being frozen, but still tasty. Put a layer of parchment paper in between cookie layers to prevent sticking.

Chocolate Crinkle Variations

If you want to mix things up, try these chocolate crinkle variations!

  • Chocolate Chip: Stir in one cup of mini chocolate chips or regular chocolate chips.
  • Mint Chocolate: Reduce the vanilla extract to 1 ½ teaspoons and add ½ teaspoon peppermint extract.
  • Kiss Crinkle Cookies: Gently press a chocolate kiss into the center of the cookies as soon as they come out of the oven. We like to use the candy cane kisses at Christmas time. Pro tip-freeze the kisses first so they don’t melt!
Chocolate Crinkle Cookie Recipe

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Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

These soft and chewy, brownie-like cookies covered in confectioners' sugar are a favorite Christmas cookie! A must for every holiday cookie platter!

Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Total Time
2 hours 25 minutes
Cuisine
American
Servings
50

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 ounces 99% unsweetened chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  2. Place chopped chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl; microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring between each, until melted. Alternatively, you can use a double broiler to melt the chocolate.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the melted chocolate, oil, and granulated sugar. Beat on medium speed until combined.
  4. With the mixer running on low, add the eggs, one at a time, followed by the vanilla extract. Stop and scape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula, as necessary.
  5. Add the dry ingredients and mix on low speed, stopping once to scrape down the sides. Mix until just incorporated. The dough will be sticky.
  6. Gather the dough into a disk and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill the dough for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight.
  7. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line large baking sheet with Silpats or parchment paper.
  8. Pour the confectioners’ sugar onto a plate or into a shallow bowl. Roll the chilled dough into 1-inch balls. Drop the balls onto the sugar and roll until all sides are completely covered in sugar. Place the cookie balls onto the prepared baking sheet, about 2 inches apart.
  9. Bake for 10 minutes or until cookies are set around the edges, but still soft in the center. Don’t over bake. Remove from the oven and let cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack and cool completely.

Recipe Notes

The cookies can be stored in an airtight container for 3 to 4 days.

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 85 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 13mg4%
Sodium 29mg1%
Potassium 45mg1%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 19IU0%
Calcium 12mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Photos by Dishing Out Health

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Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. 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!!!

  2. 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.

  3. 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!!

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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 🙂

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

    1. 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.

  10. 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!

  11. 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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