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Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are one of those classic recipes that I remember from my childhood. They’re rich and chocolatey, soft, and are so pretty with the crackled powdered sugar tops. Your family will love these as much as mine does!

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  • Easy Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
  • Ingredients Needed
  • How to make Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
  • Chocolate Crinkle Cookies Recipe Recipe

Easy Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

I remember making these cookies as a kid during our Christmas cookie baking sessions – I always loved how chocolatey they were! I’ve perfected the recipe so that they’re perfectly soft. Plus they’re so pretty – and I’ve tested them a few different ways so you know they’ll work perfectly.

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Ingredients Needed

  • All-purpose flour – be sure to measure it correctly.
  • Cocoa powder – Use unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Baking powder – makes them nice and soft – normally cookies use baking soda, but we want a soft cake-like cookie for these.
  • Vegetable oil – makes these mix up easy.
  • Brown sugar- I love the softness that brown sugar brings to the cookies.
  • Powdered sugar – For coating; the confectioners’ sugar gives tehm that crinkley look.

Be sure to see the recipe card below for full ingredients & instructions!

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How to make Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

  1. Combine dry ingredients: Whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl, then set aside.
  2. Combine wet ingredients: Using a hand mixer, mix oil, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract together. Slowly mix in the previous dry ingredients until you have a dough.
  3. Mix wet and dry ingredients. Chill your dough for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  5. Coat the cookies in powdered sugar: Place the powdered sugar in a small bowl. Scoop cookie dough balls and roll them in the powdered sugar until they are coated. Then, evenly space them on the cookie sheet.
  6. Bake: Bake the cookies for about 10 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking for an even bake. Serve and enjoy!
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Expert Tip

  • Don’t over bake these – they’ll get dry if they cook too long.
  • Normally I chill cookie dough after scooping but these are too soft to roll right away. Chill the dough at least 30 minutes before scooping.
  • I recommend using a 1 tablespoon cookie scoop for these. They’ll spread a little bit and 2-tablespoon size cookies might get too big.
  • You can freeze these cookies for up to a month.

FAQs

Why are my chocolate crinkle cookies flat?

There are generally two reasons why cookies go flat, one is that the butter you used was too soft or downright melted even. The other is that not enough flour was used.

How long do chocolate crinkle cookies last?

They will last about 5 days when stored properly.

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Chocolate Crinkle Cookies Recipe

4.92 from 24 votes

Chocolate crinkle cookies are a classic chocolate cookie and always a holiday favorite! No cookie platter is complete without a few of these crackle-topped cookies coated in powdered sugar.

Prep Time 10 minutes minutes

Cook Time 10 minutes minutes

Chill Time 30 minutes minutes

Total Time 50 minutes minutes

Yield 30 1 tablespoon size cookies

Serving Size 1 serving

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Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups (186g) all purpose flour
  • ¾ cup (60g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (118ml) vegetable oil
  • 1 cup (200g) packed brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup (57g) powdered sugar for coating

Instructions

  • Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.

  • Using a hand mixer, mix oil, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla. Slowly mix in dry ingredients. The dough is very wet.

  • Chill the bowl of cookie dough at least 30-45 minutes, or until you're able to scoop and roll the dough without it falling apart.

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.

  • Place powdered sugar in a small bowl. Scoop 1 or 2 tablespoon balls of dough. Roll the cookies in the powdered sugar then evenly space them cookie sheets lined with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.

  • Bake for about 7-10 minutes depending on size, rotating pans halfway through baking.

Recipe Notes

  • Normally I scoop cookie dough before chilling but for this recipe it’s important to chill it first, otherwise the dough is too wet to roll in powdered sugar.
  • I recommend making 1 tablespoon size cookies – these will spread just a bit and they’re rich, so 2 tablespoon cookies might be a bit large.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 85kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 40mg | Potassium: 63mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 20IU | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg

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Cuisine American

Author Dorothy Kern

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  1. On another note, the dough is super sticky if you rub your hands in some powdered sugar and then pick up the dough, and roll a couple, and do the same again it helps tremendously!

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  2. Perfect cookie. I did substitute half a cup of oil for half a cup of melted butter because I had no oil and they came out just fine! Thanks!!

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  3. Yes, the dough is gooey & messy but a great tasting cookie, I topped mine with Hershey’s Peppermint Kisses for the holidays…deep chocolate flavor cookie, not too sweet with the peppermint topping yum!

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FAQs

Why don't my crinkle cookies crinkle? ›

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies can come out flat if the dough wasn't chilled long enough before rolling or the rolled dough balls sat at room temperature too long after being popped into the oven. The dough should be chilled at least for 3 hours and the cookies baked as soon as they are rolled.

What makes a crinkle cookie crinkle? ›

Coating the cookies with either type of sugar draws out moisture from their surface, promoting cracks by drying out their tops before the interiors set. But granulated sugar does so more efficiently because of its coarse, crystalline structure.

Why didn't my crinkle cookies crack? ›

Why didn't my chocolate crinkle cookies crack? The most common reason for cookies that don't crack is either that the oven was not hot enough or the baking powder was expired.

Why are my crinkle cookies spreading? ›

One of the most common causes of cookie spread is that the fat is too warm. Make sure to chill your dough thoroughly if the recipe calls for it. If you're forming dough balls and the dough is too sticky to work with, this is a sign that your dough may be too warm. Try chilling the dough for at least 15 minutes!

Why don't my cookies come out crispy? ›

To make cookies crispy, add less liquid or bake it in the oven for longer to dry out the dough. Generally bake around 13-15min at 180C for a crispy cookie. But if you want a thoroughly crispy cookie – not those just charred on the outside – decrease the temperature to 140C and bake for 30min.

Why are my cookies never crunchy? ›

You didn't press the batter down before sliding them into the oven. Your cookies will end up chewy when you leave the batter as-is. How can I make my cookies crunchy? Adding more butter to your recipe, baking your cookies longer, and letting them cool on the baking sheet will help give you crunchier cookies.

How do you keep powdered sugar from melting on crinkle cookies? ›

To stop the powdered sugar from melting, be generous with how much you coat the cookie dough in the sugar. Another trick you can use is to mix a little granulated sugar into the powdered sugar or roll the dough balls through a little granulated sugar, then roll them heavily through the powdered sugar.

Why are my crinkles not spreading? ›

This is down to the ratio of ingredients in the dough, mainly. There is a high proportion of dry ingredients (i.e. flour, cocoa powder, ground almonds) to liquid ingredients (eggs, butter). This results in a drier dough which stops the cookies from spreading when baked.

What makes cookie crunchy? ›

The temperature of your oven plays a huge role in the texture of your cookies! A lower oven temperature will give your cookies more time to spread before they start to rise, resulting in a crispier cookie. I recommend baking your cookies for a bit longer at a lower temperature to achieve the texture you're looking for.

Why is my chocolate crinkles hard? ›

If crinkle cookies are baked at 350°F, the outside bakes and hardens more quickly, which doesn't give the dough enough time to spread. As mentioned earlier, the spreading of the dough is essential to a good crack.

How do you soften crinkle cookies? ›

The easiest way to soften cookies with bread is to place the cookies in an airtight container with a slice of bread and leave them for a few hours. The bread will release moisture and help to rehydrate the cookies, making them soft and chewy once again.

Who invented crinkles? ›

Crinkle cookies have been around since the early 1950s and were initially made with chocolate. Helen Fredell invented crinkle cookies in St. Paul, Minnesota.

How do you know when crinkle cookies are done? ›

Scoop the dough into balls (about 1 tablespoon each). Roll first in the granulated sugar, then in the powdered sugar to coat completely. Place on the baking sheet, about 2 inches apart. Bake until the tops of the cookies are cracked and the edges are firm, 10 to 12 minutes.

Why are my crinkle cookies cakey? ›

When cookies are too cakey, there are two main culprits: too much leavening (baking powder or baking soda) or too much egg. If there is too much baking powder or baking soda in the dough, the cookies will rise too much when baking, creating a cakier structure.

What makes cookies wrinkled? ›

I've found that flour can often be the culprit, and it seems that high-protein flour won't allow for as much spreading and wrinkling. I use Gold Medal Unbleached All-Purpose Flour in my cookies, and find that works best.

How do you keep cookies crunchy? ›

Keep those cookies crisp by storing them in an airtight container. Some people toss a piece of bread in with the cookies to help absorb any excess moisture. You could also re-crisp them by baking on a wire rack in a 300 degree F oven for a few minutes.

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