Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

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Rolled around in lots of powdered sugar, the crackly tops on these chewy chocolate crinkle cookies are irresistible. Ready in less than 30 minutes with 10 ingredients, you won’t believe how decadent and chocolatey they are.

Easy Chocolate Cookie Recipe

These chocolate crinkle cookies are fudgy and gooey on the inside but delightfully crisp on the outside. The secret to their chewiness is in the melted butter. Since it integrates into the dough much more smoothly, they’re unbelievably moist.

Rolled in lots of powdered sugar, they look like snow-covered mounts! Don’t let their beautiful exterior fool you into thinking they’re difficult to make, though. These crinkle cookies only need 10 ingredients and will be cooling on your counter in less than 30 minutes.

Brown sugar and cocoa powder come together for a soft, decadent bite with hints of molasses and a slight bitterness. Freshly baked or a couple of days after, they taste like brownies and devil’s food cake all in one. Sprinkled with a bit of flaky salt and dunked into a glass of milk, they’re any chocolate-lover’s cookie dream.

Bitten into chocolate crinkle cookies.

What Are Crinkle Cookies?

Crinkles (or crinkle cookies) are named after their signature crinkly, crackly tops. They’re soft and chewy on the inside, but have a slightly crispy exterior. This is due to the powdered sugar they’re rolled in right before baking. Once in the oven, they spread and the tops crack.

When made right, the powdered sugar won’t melt into the dough and the cookies will have beautiful white cracks. They can come in a variety of flavors too. Chocolate, red velvet, and matcha are some of the most common. The flavor doesn’t matter, though. As long as they’re rolled in powdered sugar and crinkly, they’re crinkle cookies!

Chocolate crinkle cookies on a plate with a cookbook in the background.

Recipe Ingredients

With only 10 ingredients, these crinkle cookies are easy to make and extremely chocolatey. For exact ingredient amounts, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  • All-purpose flour – Avoid cake flour. It will soften your cookies too much. Only all-purpose flour can provide the structure we need.
  • Sugar – Granulated white sugar or light brown sugar are fine. If you don’t have any, use dark brown sugar.
  • Brown sugar – Dark brown sugar is my favorite. However, light brown sugar works too.
  • Baking powder – It’s not the same as baking soda, so don’t substitute them.
  • Salt
  • Unsalted butter- Feel free to use salted butter, just remove the rest of the salt in the recipe.
  • Unsweetened natural cocoa powder – Don’t use chocolate milk powder.
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla extract
  • Powdered sugar – This is also referred to as confectioners’ sugar.
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How to Make Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

There’s no rolling out involved, which means less mess. Read on for how to make these quick and easy chocolate crinkle cookies.

  • Prepare the baking tray. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set it aside. You can also use a silicone baking mat.
  • Whisk the dry ingredients. In a large bowl, mix the flour, sugar, brown sugar, salt, and baking powder. Set it aside. If the baking powder has clumps, you’ll need to sift it.
  • Bloom the cocoa. Mix the melted butter and cocoa powder in a medium bowl. This process is called “blooming” because it allows the cocoa to release lots of its natural fats and flavor before adding it to the dough. The mixture should be quite thick.
  • Add the wet ingredients. Add the eggs and vanilla extract to the bloomed cocoa. Stir well to combine.
  • Mix wet and dry ingredients. Pour the egg-cocoa mixture into the dry ingredients. Use a stand mixer with the paddle attachment and beat over medium speed until well combined. The dough might look dry at first, but keep mixing. You can also use a hand mixer for this.
  • Roll it. Measure 1 tbsp of dough at a time. Use your hands to roll each one into a ball. Pop them into the powdered sugar and roll them around until completely covered.
  • Bake. Arrange the balls of dough in the prepared baking sheet, leaving about 3″ of space between them. They will spread during baking. Allow them to bake for 12-13 minutes or until the tops are crackly.
  • Cool. Remove from the oven and allow them to rest for 5-10 minutes on the baking sheet. Transfer them to a wire rack and let cool completely. Enjoy!
Chocolate crinkle cookies in a plate.

Tips & FAQs

Follow these simple tips for perfectly baked crinkle cookies:

  • Add chocolate chips. Add 1/2-1 cup of mini chocolate chips to the dough for an extra chocolatey cookie.
  • Use melted butter. Make sure it’s melted because it helps keep the cookies extra soft and chewy.
  • Coat them with granulated sugar. Before you roll the balls in powdered sugar, coat them with granulated sugar. Then roll them in powdered sugar until heavily coated. This will help avoid the powdered sugar from turning yellow or melting into the dough.
  • Don’t over-bake them. Don’t leave them in the oven more than 1-2 extra minutes. They will finish baking with their residual heat even once out of the oven.
  • Chill the dough. Placing the dough in the fridge for 3-4 hours before rolling will make it much more manageable and less sticky.
  • Grease your hands. Add a bit of non-stick baking spray or vegetable oil to your hands before rolling the dough into little balls. This will help prevent any sticking.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions. Hopefully, they’ll help you troubleshoot through any issues and possibly avoid them.

Why Did My Crinkles Not Crack?

The most common causes for this are ovens that aren’t hot enough or expired baking powder. If your crinkle cookies didn’t crack, try to use an oven thermometer to see if it’s heating up properly. You should also check the best-before date on your baking powder.

Why Are My Chocolate Crinkle Cookies Flat?

Un-chilled cookie dough tends to spread and flatten out much more than chilled dough. Refrigerate the dough for at least 3 hours before rolling it into balls. Bake the cookies right after.

Why Are My Crinkle Cookies Dry?

Adding too much flour to the dough can result in dry cookies. Over-baking them is another reason for this. Don’t leave them in the oven longer than 13 minutes. Even if they’re still soft and gooey in the center, they’ll finish baking with the residual heat once out of the oven.

How Do I Know When These Are Done?

Once the tops are crackly and a little bit glossy, they’re ready to be taken out of the oven.

Serving Suggestions

They’re the perfect afternoon snack or dessert. Drizzling them with a little butterscotch or hot fudge sauce takes them over the top! A bit of flaky sea salt doesn’t hurt either.

With a cup of homemade cocoa, eggnog, apple cider, or caramel blended coffee, these chocolate crinkle cookies are simply amazing. You can also never go wrong with a cold glass of milk.

Chocolate crinkle cookies on a white surface.

How to Store

Store fully cooled chocolate crinkle cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week. Keep them away from sunlight and humidity, otherwise the powdered sugar will absorb into the cookies. Don’t worry if this happens, though. Give them a light sprinkling of more sugar and they’ll be good as new!

Can I Freeze Crinkle Cookies?

Definitely! These can be frozen baked or unbaked. Here’s how:

Unbaked: Don’t roll the balls of dough in powdered sugar. Just place them on the prepared baking tray and freeze them for 3-4 hours or until completely solid. Transfer them to a freezer-friendly bag or container. Freeze them for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to bake, take them out of the freezer as the oven preheats and roll them in powdered sugar. Continue with the recipe as usual.

Baked: Place the cooled cookies on a baking sheet. Freeze them for 3-4 hours or until completely solid. Then transfer them to a freezer-friendly bag or container and freeze for up to 2 months. Remove them from the freezer when you’re ready to eat and place them on the counter. Wait until they’re fully thawed and re-dust with powdered sugar.

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Bitten into chocolate crinkle cookies.
Recipe

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 22 minutes
  • Yield: 24-28 Cookies
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Description

These decadent chocolate crinkle cookies are ready in 30 minutes. Extremely fudgy and chocolatey, they’re the perfect holiday cookie.


Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups (180g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (200g) sugar
  • 1/2 cup (115g) packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 6 tbsp (90g) unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 3/4 cup (65g) unsweetened natural cocoa powder
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (120g) powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
  2. Whisk the flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking powder and salt together in a large bowl. Set aside.
  3. Combine the melted butter and cocoa powder in a medium bowl. The mixture will be very thick, almost like a paste.
  4. Stir in the eggs and vanilla extract.
  5. Pour into the dry ingredients and, using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat it all together on medium-high speed. The mixture may seem dry at first, but will come together as you continue to mix.
  6. Measure one tablespoon of the dough. Gently roll into a ball, then roll each ball in confectioners’ sugar to coat.
  7. Place balls about 3 inches apart on the baking sheets. Bake for 12-13 minutes. The cookies will slightly spread and form cracks. The centers will look soft.
  8. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  9. Cookies will stay fresh in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

Notes

Eggs must be room temperature. The won’t properly mix into the butter-cocoa mixture if they’re cold. For the butter, melt it in the microwave or on the stovetop before beginning so it has time to cool down slightly – we don’t want to cook the eggs.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 Cookie
  • Calories: 115
  • Sugar: 14.2 g
  • Sodium: 51.7 mg
  • Fat: 3.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 21 g
  • Protein: 1.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 26.5 mg

Keywords: crinkle cookies, chocolate crinkles, chocolate crackle cookies

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48 Comments
  1. Sara

    Cheers to you! I have to comment and say that I gave up on making these cookies early in my married life. I could never get them right. They were my favorite Christmas cookie of all time that my mother used to make; so needless to say it was so disappointing that mine never turned out like hers. This year I decided that I would try again using your recommendation for Sally’s Baking Addiction’s recipe. (My mother’s name was Sally! Meant to be, right?) I knew I could trust you after making the perfect sugar cookies from your recipe, so I followed this for the Crinkles exactly. I am beyond thrilled to say that they are perfection! Crispy crinkly on the outside, chocolate softness in the center! Christmas childhood in a cookie. I cannot emphasize enough that following the directions-and being patient-is the key. Measuring the flour exactly, allowing eggs to come to true room temperature, and letting the butter cool after melting are not magic but create Magic! Thank you again for the perfect recipe for happy, successful baking! I am finally becoming a decent baker 🙂 My family thanks you! Merry Christmas!

  2. Daniela

    Hi!! I love your blog so much. If i wanna make this recipe with lemon, What do I have to change?. Sorry for my english…i still learn this language. Thank you very much.

    1. Lindsay

      I haven’t ever tried adding lemon to a chocolate cookie. I’d probably add lemon zest so that you don’t mess with the texture of the cookie too much.

  3. Keri

    I have literally been searching for the best crinkle recipe for 20 years and have finally found it!!! Wow, these are amazing. So easy. Nothing but chocolate, gooey, yumminess! Thank you!!!!

  4. Tisha

    My 16 year old daughter made these for Christmas and they were divine!! They turned out exactly like the picture. 

  5. Glo

    I’ve been searching for the best Chocolate Crinkles recipe & I’m certain this is it!
    I used dark chocolate cocoa so it looked like I was making mud pie so but they are so delicious! I will definitely be making more of these! 

  6. Joanne Deist

    Just took batch one out of the oven. Could hardly wait for it to cool enough to not burn my mouth, the wait was torture! So so so yummy, chocolatey heaven! Did two tweaks though: chilled the dough overnight and rolled in regular granulated sugar before the powdered sugar. Merry Christmas!

  7. Julee

    Thanks for the scripture! It was a great reminder that’s I needed today. May his spirit be with you, always. Merry Christmas! … and thanks for the recipe:)

  8. Lisa

    Fresh out of the oven and they came out amazing, oh and delicious!!

     I loved, loved that these did not need to be refrigerated!!T

    Thank  you so much  for the recipe 🙂 

  9. Pat Petri

    Perfect! I tried two other recipes that were messy flops, but these make me into Goldilocks – Just right! Thank you.

  10. Jennifer

    Hi Lindsay, I just made these cookies tonight.  As others said my mixture was sticky and wouldn’t roll, so I used an ice cream 2 tbsp scoop and just placed them on the cookie sheet with powdered sugar underneath them.  Then I shook powdered sugar over the tops.  They look great and taste good too. However I think I overcooked them a little because I left them in longer being they were double the size.  I only yielded 28 cookies because I made bigger ones. Thanks for sharing this.

    1. Lindsay

      Yes it the dough fairly sticky. It definitely helps once you drop the balls in some powdered sugar and then you can shape them a little better.

  11. Olivia

    I love that this receipe does not need to be refrigerated before baking and can be scaled down easily. I just made a 1/3 batch of 10 cookies, and they convert beautifully to gluten and dairy free with Bob’s Red Mill One to One Baking Flour and a dairy-free margarine of your choice! I added some espresso powder to bring the chocolate out even more. Can’t wait to try them!!

  12. Ty

    My cookies are not coming out properly, they’ve turned into giant cookies with little specks of powdered sugar on top. My dough seems extremely wet? Hopefully they taste good and are pretty enough to share, but maybe you can tell me what I did wrong. 

    1. Lindsay

      It’s hard to say what happened from a distance. Were the eggs at room temperature and butter cooled before adding the two together?

  13. Sandra

    First batch I stuck with 12 minutes in oven then reduced the time with each batch after for a softer cookie, 9 minutes was the winner! Great recipe, thank you!!

  14. Joanne Lee

    Hey Lindsay! I tried this recipe today but had a hard time rolling the dough into balls because they were so sticky and eventually formed a chocolate glove on my hands. Any idea what I did wrong? I followed the measurements with a weighing scale and tried adding a bit more flour, but no luck. Thank you!

    1. Lindsay

      It doesn’t sound like you did anything wrong, it is a fairly sticky dough. You might find it helpful to put the ball into the powder sugar, then roll it a little bit, and then shape it so it doesn’t stick to your hands so badly.

      1. Howard

        I found this tip to be very helpful. Place the cookie dough in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight. It lets you handle the dough and roll them without it significantly sticking to your hands.

      2. Teagan

        What i found making these is putting your hand in the sugar and roll dough briefly to shape a semi (ish) circle the pressing down slightly when on tray.

  15. David

    Can these be made as one large cookie?  Say in a 9×11 pan?  Any to put this as a top layer on a multi-layer cake. 

    1. Lindsay

      I’m so glad you enjoyed them! I haven’t tried freezing them, but I’d think they’d be ok. The only thing that might present an issue is that the powdered sugar might not have the same nice look after thawing, because of the moisture.

  16. Diana Rockwell

    Just made these very tasty cookies! They turned out so pretty! My husband loves them. I will definitely make them again. Thank you for sharing this recipe:-)

  17. Erin R.

    Chocolate earthquakes! Oh, I used to love these when I was little! Something about licking the powdered sugar off my lips really got me. I haven’t had one in years, I’ll have to try making these.

  18. Patricia Pines

    What a festive and pretty cookie! I’ll definitely make these in the next couple of weeks. I can’t wait for my copy of the cookbook. So excited! Thanks for sharing!

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