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Chocolate crinkle cookies are one of those classic recipes that so many have fond memories of. These cookies are really fun to make because you get to roll them in powdered sugar, which is pretty fun! They are a crowd favorite around the holidays and are fairly simple to make!

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Easy Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

If you’re someone who likes a delicious and rich cookie, then this is for you! This is a classic, simple, but elegant cookie recipe that almost anyone would enjoy. If you like chocolate and sugar, you’re in! The cookies are great for the Holidays because when you roll them in powdered sugar, they look as if they have been kissed by Jack Frost!

Why you’ll Love This Recipe

  • These are SO easy to make!
  • Rich in chocolate flavor!
  • They freeze great and are perfect for shipping!

Ingredients in Chocolate Crinkles

  • All-purpose flour – be sure to measure it correctly.
  • Cocoa powder – Use unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Baking powder – makes them nice and soft
  • Salt – needed for flavor since we’re using oil
  • Vegetable oil – makes these mix up easy!
  • Brown sugar- Always pack your brown sugar.
  • Eggs – I always use large eggs for baking
  • Vanilla extract- pure vanilla is best!
  • Powdered sugar – For coating; the confectioners’ sugar gives tehm that crinkley look.

How to make Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

  1. Combine dry ingredients: Whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl, then set aside.
  2. Combine wet ingredients: Using a hand mixer, mix oil, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract together. Slowly mix in the previous dry ingredients until you have a dough.
  3. Prepare the dough: Scoop 1 or 2 tablespoon-sized balls of dough onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. You don’t need to space them out, this is done just to chill the dough; we aren’t baking them yet! Chill the cookies for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. 
  5. Coat the cookies in powdered sugar: Place the powdered sugar in a small bowl. Roll the cookie dough balls in the powdered sugar until they are coated. Then, evenly space them on the cookie sheet. They won’t spread much when baking, so you don’t have to space them as far apart.
  6. Bake: Bake the cookies for about 10 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking for an even bake. Serve and enjoy!
multiple crinkle cookies laid out with powdered sugar on top

Expert Tip

Don’t over bake these – they’ll get dry if they cook too long.


What are crinkle cookies?

Crinkle cookies are cookies that crack (intentionally) while baking and take on a crinkly look and texture. 

Why are my chocolate crinkle cookies flat?

There are generally two reasons why cookies go flat, one is that the butter you used was too soft or downright melted even. The other is that not enough flour was used. 

Why didn’t my crinkle cookies crack?

They probably did not bake long enough and never got the chance for air to get inside the dough and crack. 

How long do chocolate crinkle cookies last?

They will last about 5 days when stored properly.

Can you freeze crinkle cookies?

Yes, you can! They will stay good in the freezer for up to a month. 

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Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

4.88 from 16 votes
Chocolate crinkle cookies are a classic chocolate cookie and always a holiday favorite! No cookie platter is complete without a few of these crackle-topped cookies coated in powdered sugar. 
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Yield 36 cookies
Serving Size 1 serving


  • 1 ½ cups (186g) all purpose flour
  • ¾ cup (60g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (118ml) vegetable oil
  • 1 cup (200g) packed brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup (57g) powdered sugar for coating


  • Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  • Using a hand mixer, mix oil, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla. Slowly mix in dry ingredients.
  • Scoop 1 or 2 tablespoon balls of dough onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. You don’t need to space them; we’re going to chill the dough.
  • Chill the cookies at least 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  • Place powdered sugar in a small bowl. Roll the cookies in the powdered sugar then evenly space them on the cookie sheet (they won’t spread much).
  • Bake for about 10 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking.

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Recipe Notes

Note: if you’ve chilled the dough longer than an hour, you may need to flatten the cookies a bit with your palm before baking, or let them sit out for about 10 minutes before baking so they will flatten a bit during cooking.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 85kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 40mg | Potassium: 63mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 20IU | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

Easy Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are a classic cookie recipe! These are the best Christmas cookies – a thick soft and chewy chocolate cookie with cocoa powder. They almost taste like a brownie! Everyone loves these old-fashioned cookies.

Last Updated on December 13, 2022

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  1. On another note, the dough is super sticky if you rub your hands in some powdered sugar and then pick up the dough, and roll a couple, and do the same again it helps tremendously!

  2. Perfect cookie. I did substitute half a cup of oil for half a cup of melted butter because I had no oil and they came out just fine! Thanks!!

  3. Yes, the dough is gooey & messy but a great tasting cookie, I topped mine with Hershey’s Peppermint Kisses for the holidays…deep chocolate flavor cookie, not too sweet with the peppermint topping yum!