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Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are a Holiday Classic

These irresistibly fudgy chocolate crinkle cookies with their signature crackly tops are just what you need to sweeten your holidays!

chocolate crinkle cookies

With baking season in full swing, I’ve been making a lot of unique cookie recipes lately – lots of thumbprints with fun flavors and different kinds of sandwich cookies (like the chocolate mint).

But sometimes you have to go back to the basics. To the Christmas traditions. To the classics you’ve never tried.

Which brings me to the baking world’s best-kept secret: the chocolate crinkle cookie. This isn’t just a cookie; it’s a culinary wonder that deserves its own fan club.

Chocolate crinkle cookies are like the James Bond of the cookie jar – smooth, suave, and dressed to impress with their signature powdered sugar ‘tuxedo.’

One bite, and you’ll understand why these cookies are legends in the Christmas cookie universe, and the reason why ‘just one more’ becomes a test of willpower.

But wait, it gets better. What if I told you that making these cookies is as easy as pie, or, well, cookies? That’s right, no culinary degree needed.

Just some basic ingredients, and a love for all things chocolate.

These cookies are the perfect project for a lazy Sunday, a fun baking session with the kids, or when you want to whip up something impressive without actually, you know, doing much.

The reason they are called crinkle cookies likes in their “crinkly” tops. After the sugar goes on top, it makes this recipe look like you put in way more effort than you truly did.

Are you ready to embark on a baking adventure that ends with you being the hero of every cookie exchange? These crinkles are more than just treats; they’re a chocolate love affair in cookie form.

chocolate crinkle biscuits

Scroll down for a recipe that’s going to catapult you into the cookie hall of fame. Chocolate crinkle cookies, here we come – let the baking shenanigans begin!

Tips for Making Delicious Cookies

Before you dive into this recipe, I’ve got some tips for you on making the best (and tastiest) cookies. If you’re interested, check them out. Otherwise scroll to the bottom.

Use Quality Ingredients

Use high-quality, fresh ingredients for the best cookie flavor and texture. You’ll for sure want to get fresh eggs, good quality butter, and pure vanilla extract (instead of imitation).

Measure Precisely

Flour is often the main dry ingredient in these cookies. Measure using the scoop-and-level method, as adding too much flour can result in dry baked goods.

Bring Cold Ingredients to Room Temp

Bring ingredients like butter, eggs, and milk to room temperature before mixing. They will incorporate better, resulting in smoother batter and soft cookies. They don’t need to be warm; slightly cool to room temp is fine.

Avoid Overmixing

Mix the batter just until ingredients are combined, or the dry disappears into the wet. Overmixing can result in tough cookies.

Chill the Dough

Chilling the cookie dough in the fridge for the specified time (or even overnight) before baking allows the flavors to meld and the fats to solidify.

This results in cookies with better flavor and texture. It also prevents them from spreading too much during baking.

Cool Before Transferring

Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely. This helps them set and avoids them becoming too fragile and crumbling apart.

chocolate crinkles

Remember, practicing and experimenting will help you perfect your cookie baking skills over time. Have fun and enjoy the process of creating delicious baked goods! Here’s what you’re going to need for these chocolate crinkle cookies.


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar


  • Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment
  • Smaller bowl or plate for the powdered sugar

This and Thoughts for This Recipe:

Having slightly wet hands while rolling the cookie dough into balls will help prevent the cookie dough from sticking to your hands.

The cookies may not look fully done by 10 minutes, but they will be done.

chocolate cookie crinkle recipe

These last in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week.

You can also freeze them in an airtight container for up to two months. When you bring them out of the freezer, let them rise to room temperature naturally as opposed to microwaving.

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Get the printable recipe for these cookies below:

Yield: 30 cookies

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

chocolate crinkles

Whip up a batch of the most delectable chocolate crinkles ever! Crunchy on the outside, gooey on the inside - our easy-to-follow recipe will have you baking like a pro.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 20 minutes


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar


  1. Mix the butter and sugar together with your hand mixer until creamy and combined.Butter and sugar together in a large glass mixing bowl
  2. Stir in the eggs and vanilla and mix until fully incorporated.stirring the eggs into the creamed butter and sugar in a clear glass mixing bowl
  3. Stir in the flour, cocoa powder, and baking powder until just combined. The dough will be sticky.Cocoa, flour, and baking soda being added to the dough mixture
  4. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Chill the dough at least for four hours, if not overnight.mixed chocolate crinkle dough ina clear glass mixing bowl
  5. Preheat your oven to 350℉ and line your baking sheet with parchment paper.Preheating the oven
  6. Remove from the fridge, wet your hands slightly and roll enough balls of cookie dough to fit on a baking sheet, put the rest of the dough back in the fridge. Roll the balls in powdered sugar twice.rolling chocolate dough balls in powdered sugar
  7. Place rolled balls onto a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.rolled chocolate dough balls placed on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper
  8. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and let cool for five minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack and repeat!Crinkle cookies on a baking sheet removed from the oven

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 87Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 54mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 0gSugar: 8gProtein: 1g

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If you enjoyed this cookie recipe I’d love for you to try some of these others I think you will love:

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