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Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

These chocolate crinkle cookies are fudgy on the inside with a crisp outside edge! So rich and decadent and adored by any and all chocolate lovers. 

Chocolate crinkle cookies.
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Chocolate Cookies with Powdered Sugar

These chocolate crinkle cookies are one of those classic Christmas cookies that is perfect to make during the holidays. The crinkly powdered sugar coating makes them super festive and contrasts beautifully with the dark brown chocolate color. They add the perfect dimension to any Christmas dessert board!

I’ve been making this chocolate crinkle cookie recipe for several years now after getting it from a friend at a cookie exchange. We love adding these to our goodie plates along with Christmas sugar cookies, snickerdoodle cookies, ginger molasses cookies, and cookies with Andes mints.

They are so rich and decadent and adored by any and all chocolate lovers. They’re fudgy and moist on the inside with a crisp, chewy edge on the outside. Plus, the sweet powdered sugar crackle coating paired with the gooey chocolate batter is a match made in heaven. Seriously, so delicious!

Crinkle cookie dough balls on baking pan.

How to Make Crinkle Cookies

  1. Wet ingredients. In a large bowl, whisk together oil and sugar. Then add eggs and vanilla and whisk until combined.
  2. Dry ingredients. Add dry ingredients (except confectioners’ sugar) into a separate bowl and whisk. Slowly pour dry mixture into the bowl with the wet ingredients and stir.
  3. Chill. Chill dough in fridge for 15-30 minutes.
  4. Shape and roll. Shape dough into balls (about 1 1/2 inches each). Add confectioners’ sugar into a small bowl and roll each cookie in the sugar. Then place cookies on a parchment lined baking sheet
  5. Bake in oven. Bake at 350°F for 8-10 minutes, until cookies are slightly crisp around the edges and soft in the middle. Cool on the pan for 2 minutes, then move to a cooling wire rack.

Boost the Flavor

Feel free to get creative with the flavors you use. Use a mix of 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1 teaspoon peppermint extract, or make spiced crinkle cookies with 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and a dash of cayenne. Both ways taste delicious!

Close up of chocolate crinkle cookie.

Tips for Perfect Crinkle Cookies

  • Coat completely. When forming dough into balls, it’s key to completely cover them in powdered sugar. You shouldn’t be able to see any of the dough (if you want your cookies to get a good crackle).
  • Chill the dough. Don’t forget to chill the dough for at least 15 to 30 minutes so that it’s not too sticky to roll in the sugar. This also helps thicken the texture.
  • Consistency. I like my crinkle cookies a bit fudgy inside with a crisp edge, so I cook them closer to 8 minutes. If you’d like the centers more cake-like, cook them closer to 10 minutes and let sit longer on baking sheet.

Easy Variation

For even easier crinkle cookies, you can use a box of cake mix instead of making the dough from scratch. Just follow my simple cake mix cookie recipe and then roll the cookie dough balls in powdered sugar before baking.

Storing + Freezing

  • To store: They will last for about 5 days if stored at room temperature in an airtight container. To extend the shelf life for a few more days, place in the fridge.
  • Freezing baked cookies: Let cool completely and then add to an airtight container or freezer bag. They will keep in the freezer for a couple of months.
  • Freezing the dough: Wait to add the powdered sugar until the day you’re planning on baking. Wrap dough with plastic wrap and then place in an airtight container. To thaw, stick cookie dough in the fridge overnight. When ready to bake, roll into balls and coat with powdered sugar.


Is it better to use oil or butter for crinkles?

I prefer the soft and moist texture that vegetable oil gives these cookies, however you could swap the oil for butter if preferred. The texture may slightly change, but they will still be super delicious!

Why is the dough so sticky?

The consistency of this dough is definitely thicker and stickier than your standard cookie dough. But that’s what makes them so fudgy and delicious.

Before rolling, it helps to refrigerate the dough for at least 15 to 30 minutes so that it’s easier to work with. If it’s still really sticky, try chilling it a bit longer before shaping.

Why aren’t my crinkle cookies cracking?

You probably didn’t coat the cookie dough balls in enough powdered sugar. They should be completely covered after rolling (you shouldn’t be able to see the dough at all). That way when they bake, they will get a good crackle as they spread.

Another tip for a nice crackle top is to bang the pan on the stove immediately after you remove them from the oven.

How do you know when crinkle cookies are done baking?

When ready to remove from the oven, the edges will be just slightly crisp however the centers will still look soft. You don’t want these cookies to brown or else they won’t be as soft and fudgy.

For fudgier centers, bake for about 8 minutes. For cakey centers, they’ll need about 10 minutes. Keep in mind that they will also set on the baking sheet for a few minutes afterwards and will continue to bake as they set.

Stack of chocolate crinkle cookies.

5 star review

Such a great chocolate cookie…like a brownie but even better! Easy to make and look pretty too! Will definitely make again.

– Ronda

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Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

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Author: Jamielyn Nye
These chocolate crinkle cookies are fudgy on the inside with a crisp outside edge! So rich and decadent and adored by any and all chocolate lovers. 
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 8 mins
Chill time: 15 mins
Total Time: 38 mins
Servings: 30


  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ¼ cup confectioners sugar (more if needed)


  • Whisk together the oil and sugar in a large bowl (or use a stand mixer). Add in eggs and vanilla and whisk until well combined. 
  • Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in a separate bowl. Slowly pour the flour mixture into the sugar mixture and stir until well combined. Chill the dough in the refrigerator for 15 to 30 minutes. 
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Shape dough into 1 1/2 inch balls (I liked to use a medium cookie scoop). Place confectioners’ sugar in a small bowl and roll each cookie in the sugar. 
  • Place cookies onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until the cookies are slightly crisp around the edges and soft in the middle. Allow to cool on the pan for 2 minutes, and then transfer to a cooling rack. Tip: If your cookies aren't cracking as much as you'd like, bang the pan on the stove right after they come out of the oven to crack the cookies.



To make spiced crinkle cookies, add a 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and a dash of cayenne.


Calories: 134kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 49mg | Potassium: 88mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 35IU | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 0.9mg

Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

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