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Chocolate Crinkles

These Chocolate Crinkles are chocolaty, soft, and slightly sweet. Plus, they have a brownie-like texture that is undeniably delicious! Rolling them in powdered sugar before baking gives them the beautiful crinkle look they are known for.

This is another cookie that is great to have your children help with. It doesn’t need a mixer and they need to be rolled in powdered sugar before they go in the oven making this an easy recipe for little helpers.

close up of chocolate crinkle cookie

Ingredients for Chocolate Crinkles

This recipe calls for pretty much all pantry staples making it an easy recipe to make anytime! For this recipe you will need:

  • unsweetened cocoa powder
  • granulated sugar
  • vegetable oil
  • eggs
  • vanilla extract
  • all-purpose flour
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • confectioners sugar
Chocolate Crinkle with a bite taken out of it

How to Make Chocolate Crinkles

This dough needs to be refrigerated so it will need to made ahead of time. I generally will make it the day before I plan to bake it, however it only needs four hours in the refrigerator.

To start, combine the cocoa powder, sugar and oil and stir until well combined. Then, add eggs one at a time stirring well between each addition. Be sure to add vanilla extract with last egg.

Next, add the remaining dry ingredients: flour, baking powder and salt. Stir well. Cover and refrigerate dough for at least 4 hours.

After four hours or when ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and roll into tablespoon-sized balls. I like to use a cookie scoop to have uniform sized cookie dough balls. Then, roll balls of cookie dough in confectioners sugar.

Prepare a large baking sheet with parchment paper. This will help to keep the powdered sugar from sticking to the pan. Bake at 350 degrees on a prepared baking sheet for 9-11 minutes. Let cool one minute then remove from pan and continue cooling on wire rack.

These cookies make a perfect addition to any cookie platter. They are also a favorite at cookie swaps! Check out our 20 Best Christmas Cookie Exchange Recipes for more recipes like this.

How to Store Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Let baked cookies cool completely before storing. These cookies are best stored in an airtight container or bag at room temperature. Cookies should stay fresh for 7-10 days. These cookies should not be put in the freezer because the powdered sugar may melt off when they defrost.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does the dough last if I make it ahead of time?

The dough can be made ahead of time and will last at least a week in the refrigerator. See our post: How long does cookie dough last in the fridge? for more information!

Can crinkle cookies be frozen?

I would not recommend freezing chocolate crinkle cookies. The powdered sugar coating will not look the same after defrosting the cookies.

Why are my crinkle cookies hard?

Chocolate crinkle cookies end up hard when they are overbaked. If you are unsure of how long to bake your crinkle cookies for try a test batch to see.

Can I mix this cookie dough in a stand mixer?

Yes, you can use a stand mixer for this cookie dough. The stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment will work perfectly.

close up of a chocolate crinkle with a bite taken out of the cookie

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Looking for more cookie recipes like these Chocolate Crinkles? Here are more to try: Italian Cookies, Cream Cheese Logs, Chocolate Pretzel Bark, Reindeer Poop Cookies, Russian Tea Cakes, Cranberry Noel Cookies, and Snickerdoodles. Other desserts you may like include Black Moon Whoopie Pies, Chewy M&M Cookie Bars, Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats, Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting and Nutella Chickpea Brownies. If you are looking for holiday cookies, be sure to check out our Christmas Cookie List!

close up of chocolate crinkle cookie

Chocolate Crinkles

Yield: 50
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 11 minutes
Additional Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 26 minutes

These Chocolate Crinkles are chocolaty, soft, and slightly sweet. They have a brownie-like texture that is undeniably delicious!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsps vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup confectioners sugar, for rolling

Instructions

  1. Combine cocoa powder, sugar and oil. Stir until well combined.
  2. Add eggs one at a time stirring well between each addition. Add vanilla extract with last egg.
  3. Add flour, baking powder and salt. Stir well.
  4. Cover and refrigerate dough for at least 4 hours.
  5. Remove from the refrigerator and roll into tablespoon-sized balls then roll in confectioners sugar.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees on parchment lined baking sheet for 9-11 minutes.
  7. Let cool one minute then remove from pan and continue cooling on wire rack.
  8. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

Do not skip chilling the dough. Cookies will not bake correctly.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 50 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 87Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 49mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 0gSugar: 9gProtein: 1g

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