Chocolate Crinkle Cookies –

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies have a rich and fudgy center with a crisp powdered sugar outer layer. Crinkle Cookies are just as important as Sugar Cookies on your holiday cookie tray.

Several Chocolate Crinkle Cookies on a tray

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Hi there! My name is Natalya and I run the blog Momsdish. If you already follow me, you know I love easy meals with simple ingredients. These Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are no exception. 

Why these are the Best Crinkle Cookies:

  • Simple Ingredients: Made with just a handful of kitchen staples you probably already have on hand.
  • Fast: these cookies can be whipped up quickly and you can chill them ahead.
  • Fudgy & Crisp: The centers are soft and gooey with crisp edges.
  • Keep Well: most cookies are best eaten fresh but these seem to get better with time.

These cookies are perfect for gifting and they are so good, you’ll want to make a double batch!

Chocolate Crinkle Cookie Up close with crinkles

What is a Chocolate Crinkle Cookie?

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are like a cross between gooey Fudgy Brownies and crisp Chocolate Chip Cookies. They are rolled in powdered sugar before baking so they form “crinkles” as they expand in the oven.

The best part? Just like a good homemade Baklava, these cookies get better as they get a little stale. The outer layer just gets crunchier, while the center stays so gooey. Let’s just say you’ll find yourself hanging around your cookie jar for several days.

Ingredients for crinkle cookies with flour, cocoa powder, sugar, eggs, vanilla, oil

How to Make Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are a blast to make. If you have kids around, they can help make these cookies. They will love rolling the chocolatey dough into bite-sized balls and coating them with a generous amount of powdered sugar, similar to Russian Tea Cakes

  1. Whisk together sugar, cocoa powder, oil, vanilla extract, and eggs. 
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Slowly add flour mixture to the cocoa mixture. Mix well. 
  4. Cover the dough and refrigerate for 3 hours and up to overnight. 
step by step images on how to make dough for the crinkle cookies

To Finish and Bake the Cookies

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Shape cookie dough into balls (a cookie scoop makes it easy to portion) and roll into powdered sugar. 
  2. Place cookies on a baking sheet, leaving space between each cookie. Bake for 10-12 minutes, depending on the size of the cookies. Cookies will come out soft but will harden as they cool down.
  3. Once cookies are slightly cooled, move them to a wire rack to fully cool down.
Chocolate crinkle cookie dough coated in powdered sugar

Common Questions

Why are my Chocolate Crinkle Cookies flat?

There are two reasons why your Chocolate Crinkle Cookies came out flat. Either the dough wasn’t chilled or you didn’t use enough flour. Make sure to properly measure flour by scooping it into your measuring cup and leveling off the top.

Where did Chocolate Crinkle Cookies originate?

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies first premiered in Betty Crocker’s famous cookie cookbook, “Cooky Carnival”. Crocker recounts being served the cookies by home chef Helen Fredell and begging her for the recipe. Fast forward to today and these cookies are gracing just about every holiday tray each year.

How do you know when Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are done?

You’ll know when Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are done when they start to develop those signature cracks on top. Typically, this takes anywhere from 10-12 minutes depending on their size.

Why is my dough too sticky or wet?

The dough for crinkle cookies should be very moist. Be sure to measure flour correctly, and it helps to roll the moist dough with wet hands.

A tray of baked chocolate crinkle cookies

Storing Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

  • Room Temperature: Keep your Chocolate Crinkle Cookies stored in an airtight container on the counter. They should stay fresh for up to a week. 
  • Freezing: Freeze your dough balls for up to 2 months in an airtight container. When you are ready to bake, remove them from the freezer and allow them to thaw for 30 minutes in the fridge before rolling them in powdered sugar. Bake according to instructions.

Make-Ahead Tip: You can make the dough a day or two in advance. Keep it refrigerated and only bake right before serving. 

Cookies Recipes You’ll Love

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies served on platter

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are a key component of every holiday cookie tray. Fudgy on the inside with a crispy, powdered sugar outer later, they are loved by kids and adults alike.

Author: Natalya Drozhzhin

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Calories: 133 kcal

Servings: 20 cookies

  • 1/2
    cocoa powder
  • 1
    granulated sugar
  • 1/2
    vegetable oil
    (or canola, or light olive oil)
  • 2
    large eggs
  • 1
    vanilla extract
  • 1
    all purpose flour
  • 1
    baking powder
  • 1/4
  • 1/2
    confectioners sugar
  1. In a mixing bowl, combine sugar, cocoa powder, oil, vanilla extract and eggs. Whisk until the mixture is smooth.

  2. In a separate bowl, combine flour together, baking powder and salt.

  3. Add the flour mixture to the cocoa mixture and stir to combine.

  4. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 3 hours and up to overnight.

  5. Preheat the oven to 350F. Roll out cookie dough into even-sized balls (it’s easier to roll with wet hands) and generously roll each into powdered sugar.

  6. Place cookies on a baking sheet, being sure to leave space between each of the cookies. Bake for 10-12 minutes, depending on the size of the cookies. Cookies will come out soft but will harden as they cool down.

  7. Allow cookies to slightly cool. Then, move them to a wire rack to fully cool down.

Nutrition Facts

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Amount Per Serving

Calories 133
Calories from Fat 54

% Daily Value*

Fat 6g9%

Saturated Fat 1g6%

Cholesterol 16mg5%

Sodium 36mg2%

Potassium 71mg2%

Carbohydrates 19g6%

Fiber 1g4%

Sugar 13g14%

Protein 2g4%

Vitamin A 24IU0%

Calcium 17mg2%

Iron 1mg6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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