Chocolate crinkle cookies are a family favorite Christmas cookie to make each holiday season!

Chocolate crinkles are chocolatey and fudgy, almost like a brownie cookie! 

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

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 dry too. And who wants a dry Christmas cookie?

I now know that this chocolate crinkle cookie recipe is 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.

What is a Chocolate Crinkle Cookie?

A crinkle cookie is a cross between a chocolate cookie and a brownie. These cookies are chewy edges like cookies, but the inside texture is fudgy and chewy like a brownie!

Why You’ll Love These Crinkle Cookies

  • So chocolatey. The melted chocolate and cocoa powder makes these cookies extra chocolatey!
  • Simple ingredients. You probably have most of the ingredients already in your pantry!
  • Soft & chewy. The texture of these chocolate crinkle cookies is out of this world! They remind me of fudgy homemade brownies.
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

Dry ingredients. In small mixing bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

Melt. In a small pot over medium-low heat, melt the butter and unsweetened chocolate. Stir occasionally until melted, remove from heat.

Eggs and sugar. In a large mixing bowl, combine the eggs and sugar, whisk together. Then add the melted chocolate mixture, whisk again.

Dry ingredients. Gradually add the flour mixture to the wet mixture, mixing just until combined.

Refrigerate. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate the dough for at least 2 hours, you can refrigerate it overnight too.

Scoop. Using a small cookie scoop, form the dough into balls, then roll each bag in a generous amount of powdered sugar.

Bake. 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

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.

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 your favorite show.

chocolate crinkle cookies rolled in powdered sugar stacked on a metal plate

How to Properly Measure Flour

  • Whisk the flour
  • Use a spoon to scoop the flour into your measuring cup
  • Use a butter knife to level the measuring cup

Do not pack the flour down into the measuring cup.

Do not stick the measuring cup into the flour bag and scoop it out. This will result in too much flour in the recipe, making it dry.

Tip for Success

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.

Time Required

  • 10 minutes to assemble the cookie dough
  • 2 hours to chill the dough, this is mandatory!
  • 16-20 minutes to bake
chocolate crinkle cookies rolled in powdered sugar displayed on gray surface

Storing Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Room temperature: Store crinkle cookies in an airtight container on the counter for up to 1 week.

Freeze the dough: Roll the dough into balls and store in an airtight container. Thaw in the fridge overnight, then roll the cookies in powdered sugar before baking.

FAQs

How do you know when chocolate crinkle cookies are done?

You’ll know the cookies are done when will puff up and form those famous cracks or crinkles on the outside.

Why is my dough too sticky or wet?

This dough is wet and sticky because it uses melted chocolate and butter. Because those ingredients are so liquid-y, the dough needs to be refrigerated before you can roll them.

Can I make crinkle cookies gluten free?

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

My cookies don’t have enough powdered sugar, help!

Be sure to generously roll the cookies in powdered sugar. You want the entire cookie covered in powdered sugar, no cookie dough should be showing when they go into the oven.

More Christmas Cookies

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

4.27 from 26 ratings
Prep Time: 15 mins
Additional Time: 2 hrs
Total Time: 2 hrs 15 mins
Yield: 24 cookies
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 ⅔ cups all purpose flour
  • cup unsweetened natural cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, 1/2 cup
  • 4 oz unsweetened chocolate
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • Powdered sugar for rolling the cookies, about 1 cup

Instructions
 

  • In small mixing bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  • In a small pot over medium-low heat, melt the butter and unsweetened chocolate. Stir occasionally until melted, remove from heat.
  • 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.
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate the dough for at least 2 hours (you can refrigerate it overnight!).
  • 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).
  • 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. Serve and enjoy!
Cuisine: American
Course: Dessert
Author: Beth
Calories: 152kcal, Carbohydrates: 21g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 41mg, Sodium: 98mg, Potassium: 80mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 13g, Vitamin A: 163IU, Calcium: 33mg, Iron: 2mg
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