chocolate crinkle cookies rolled in powdered sugar on metal tray with red towel underneath

Chocolate crinkle cookies are a family favorite Christmas cookie to make each holiday season! They are chocolatey and fudgy, almost like a brownie cookie! 

Why was I avoiding chocolate crinkles all my life?!

I don’t think I even ever tried one until I baked these!

For some reason I was throwing shade at chocolate crinkles because I assumed that since they were rolled in powdered sugar that they would taste similar to Russian tea cakes, which looked dry in my opinion.. so I figured that chocolate crinkles were hard too. And who wants a dry Christmas cookie?

I now know that they are nothing like a tea cake and they are not dry AT ALL! I have been missing out on the FUDGIEST & CHOCOLATE-IST cookie of my life.

And when I say fudgiest and chocolate-ist, I mean you are going to need a glass of milk or something to consume with these cookies. I am going to admit that I don’t like milk and hardly drink it.. unless it’s in cereal, so I’ll be the weirdo eating these cookies with a glass of water.

chocolate crinkle cookies rolled in powdered sugar stacked on a red towel

Ingredients

  •  all purpose flour or all purpose gluten free flour
  •  unsweetened cocoa powder
  •  baking powder
  •  salt
  •  unsalted butter
  •  unsweetened chocolate bar
  •  eggs
  •  granulated sugar
  •  powdered sugar

How To Make Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

  1. In small mixing bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a small pot over medium-low heat, melt the butter and unsweetened chocolate. Stir occasionally until melted, remove from heat.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the eggs and sugar, whisk together. Then add the melted chocolate mixture, whisk again.
  4. Gradually add the flour mixture to the wet mixture, mixing just until combined.
  5. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate the dough for at least 2 hours (you can refrigerate it overnight!).
  6. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Using a small cookie scoop, form the dough into balls, then roll each bag in a generous amount of powdered sugar. Place the cookies around 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 16-20 minutes and allow the cookies to cool on the pan before removing them since they will be so fudgy.
chocolate crinkle cookies rolled in powdered sugar on metal tray with red towel underneath

Refrigerator Christmas Cookie

This is a refrigerator cookie. Meaning, you have to refrigerate the dough before you can bake it. And I know.. it’s almost like I can hear the groaning because the last thing you want to do when making cookies is halt the process for 2+ hours to chill the dough.

Friends, I know. Even as a baker I don’t like recipes that call for chilling. BUT if you know in advance that a recipe needs to be chilled, you can use that down time to make other cookies or watch episodes of Pretty Little Liars. I have a deep obsession.

Gluten Free Cookies

I have made these cookies multiple times with King Arthur’s Gluten Free Measure for Measure Flour with great success.

How to Properly Measure Flour for Cookies

  • Fluff the flour with a fork
  • Use a spoon to scoop the flour into your measuring cup
  • Use a butter knife to level the measuring cup

Sticking the measuring cup straight into the bag of flour will result in too much flour to be packed into the cup, which can result in dry cookies.

Tips

  • Chill the dough for at least 2 hours. The dough can also be refrigerated overnight or up to 48 hours.
  • The more powdered sugar you use when rolling the dough balls, I think the better the cookies look after they bake!
  • Allow the cookies to cool completely on the baking sheet before removing them since they will be very fudgy.

For a step-by-step of how to make chocolate crinkle cookies, watch this short video:

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So many people have asked for this classic christmas cookie - these Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are so chocolatey and fudgy!

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Yield: 2 dozen
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes

Chocolate crinkle cookies are a family favorite Christmas cookie to make each holiday season! They are chocolatey and fudgy, almost like a brownie cookie! 

Ingredients

  • 1 & 2/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened natural cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
  • 4 oz unsweetened chocolate
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 & 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • Powdered sugar for rolling the cookies (about 1 cup)

Instructions

  1. In small mixing bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a small pot over medium-low heat, melt the butter and unsweetened chocolate. Stir occasionally until melted, remove from heat.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the eggs and sugar, whisk together. Then add the melted chocolate mixture, whisk again. Gradually add the flour mixture to the wet mixture, mixing just until combined.
  4. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate the dough for at least 2 hours (you can refrigerate it overnight!).
  5. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Pour powdered sugar into a bowl (about 1 cup).
  6. Using a small cookie scoop, form the dough into balls, then roll each bag in a generous amount of powdered sugar. Place the cookies around 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 16-20 minutes and allow the cookies to cool on the pan before removing them since they will be so fudgy. Serve and enjoy!