Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
Soft and chewy Chocolate Crinkle Cookies with a dusting of powdered sugar. This easy chocolate crinkle cookies recipe is a Christmas favorite!
Post updated from original 2011 post with new photos and updated text and recipe.
Do you have a few favorite holiday cookies that you bake every year? My family does, and most of the recipes for our favorite Christmas cookies are right here on the blog. I’ve been working on updating the posts to make sure that the recipes are simple and clear (in my early years of blogging I wasn’t always the clearest with my recipe instructions). I’m also updating the photos and text in the posts because a pretty picture can help you to see how delicious the cookies really are!
Besides these Chocolate Crinkle Cookies, I’ve updated the posts for these melt in your mouth Snowball Cookies, festive Candy Cane Cookies, white chocolate chip cookies and our very favorite Cherry Cream Cheese Cookies.
When I last made these Chocolate Crinkle Cookies, I reduced the sugar by 1/2 cup. The original recipe called for 2 cups of sugar, and I really didn’t think the cookies needed that much. I was right and I like these cookies better with the reduced sugar. I won’t claim they’re healthy, because they definitely aren’t. I believe in occasional treats and holiday cookies are worth splurging on once in a while.
The method for shaping these cookies might seem a bit strange, but trust me that it works. You’ll drop spoonfuls of dough into a bowl of powdered sugar. Don’t shape the dough into balls until after you coat it in the powdered sugar. As the cookies bake, they spread out a bit and get that pretty crackle texture that you see in the photo.
Tips for making these Chocolate Crinkle Cookies:
- This recipe calls for unsweetened chocolate. Be sure to use a good-quality unsweetened chocolate. I use Bakers or Ghirardelli brands.
- As I described above, be sure to shape the dough into balls after you coat it in the powdered sugar. This helps to make a prettier crinkle pattern on the cookies.
- This recipe makes a lot of cookies. (I usually get about 60 small cookies.) You may halve the recipe if you want less cookies. I usually double this recipe when I do my holiday baking!
These Chocolate Crinkles are one of my family’s favorite holiday cookies, and we bake some every year. My kids love to roll the balls of dough in the powdered sugar. We usually end up with powdered-sugar-coated kids, as well as cookies!
I wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy holiday season! I hope you are able to enjoy some time to relax, be with family, and bake cookies, of course!
More Favorite Cookie Recipes:
Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- 4 ounces melted unsweetened chocolate (cooled slightly)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.
- In another bowl use an electric mixer to combine granulated sugar, vegetable oil, melted chocolate, and vanilla. Mix in the eggs until well combined.
- Add the flour mixture to the chocolate mixture and mix on low speed until well combined.
- Cover and refrigerate at least 3 hours (dough will be very soft and sticky before chilling).
- When you're ready to bake the cookies, heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place the powdered sugar in a bowl. Drop teaspoon size pieces of dough into the powdered sugar and roll to coat. Roll powdered sugar-coated dough into balls. Place about 2 inches apart on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake until almost no indentation remains when touched, 10 to 12 minutes.
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