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Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are one of those classic recipes that I remember from my childhood. They’re rich and chocolatey, soft, and are so pretty with the crackled powdered sugar tops. Your family will love these as much as mine does!

chocolate crinkle cookies covered in powdered sugar.

Easy Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

I remember making these cookies as a kid during our Christmas cookie baking sessions – I always loved how chocolatey they were! I’ve perfected the recipe so that they’re perfectly soft. Plus they’re so pretty – and I’ve tested them a few different ways so you know they’ll work perfectly.

ingredients chocolate crinkle cookies laid out on a marble counter.

Ingredients Needed

  • All-purpose flour – be sure to measure it correctly.
  • Cocoa powder – Use unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Baking powder – makes them nice and soft – normally cookies use baking soda, but we want a soft cake-like cookie for these.
  • Vegetable oil – makes these mix up easy.
  • Brown sugar- I love the softness that brown sugar brings to the cookies.
  • Powdered sugar – For coating; the confectioners’ sugar gives tehm that crinkley look.

Be sure to see the recipe card below for full ingredients & instructions!

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. Mix wet and dry ingredients. Chill your dough 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. Scoop cookie dough balls and roll them in the powdered sugar until they are coated. Then, evenly space them on the cookie sheet.
  6. Bake: Bake the cookies for about 10 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking for an even bake. Serve and enjoy!
chocolate crinkle cookies covered in powdered sugar.

Expert Tip

  • Don’t over bake these – they’ll get dry if they cook too long.
  • Normally I chill cookie dough after scooping but these are too soft to roll right away. Chill the dough at least 30 minutes before scooping.
  • I recommend using a 1 tablespoon cookie scoop for these. They’ll spread a little bit and 2-tablespoon size cookies might get too big.
  • You can freeze these cookies for up to a month.


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. 

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. 

chocolate crinkle cookies covered in powdered sugar.

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies Recipe

4.91 from 20 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 30 1 tablespoon size 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. The dough is very wet.
  • Chill the bowl of cookie dough at least 30-45 minutes, or until you're able to scoop and roll the dough without it falling apart.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  • Place powdered sugar in a small bowl. Scoop 1 or 2 tablespoon balls of dough. Roll the cookies in the powdered sugar then evenly space them cookie sheets lined with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  • Bake for about 7-10 minutes depending on size, rotating pans halfway through baking.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

  • Normally I scoop cookie dough before chilling but for this recipe it’s important to chill it first, otherwise the dough is too wet to roll in powdered sugar.
  • I recommend making 1 tablespoon size cookies – these will spread just a bit and they’re rich, so 2 tablespoon cookies might be a bit large.

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

Last Updated on November 19, 2023

Dorothy Kern

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  1. I watched the video on how to make these chocolate crinkle cookies and no mixer was used like the recipe said and the dough was not runny like mine was, she stirred the batter and it came together so you can roll it. Just fyi of what I observed. This video was helpful to me. Ty

  2. When I make this Choc Crinkle Cookies, it seems like my powder sugar falls off of the cookie after baking. What am I doing wrong?
    I put my dough in to chill for overnight and baked in morning. I use a generous amount of powder sugar , but still falls off.
    Help me,

    1. This recipe doesn’t call for it because I hadn’t heard of it – but I just read a similar one that said to roll in granulated sugar first then powdered sugar. Then it sticks better – will do that to re-test these next time I make them.

  3. Making them right now but made the m8stake of not letting the cookie dough chill for an hour or so ugh super super sticky 😅😂👍🤌

  4. Making these today, and after chilling for about 40 minutes, the dough balls are still super sticky. They are sticking to the parchment paper making the difficult to pick up and roll in the powdered sugar. Is this normal?

  5. I really enjoyed making this quick recipe. First time making a crinkle cookie. May I ask do you chill the rolled dough for 30min in the freezer or fridge? I found that my cookies didn’t crack as much after taking them out of the freezer, then letting them sit for 10mins. Also found that the confection sugar didn’t look powder anymore when they cooled down. Not sure what I did wrong.

    1. I chill in the refrigerator – and as for the powdered sugar, I find that it needs to be a hefty amount of it on the rolled cookie. Make sure not to roll it before chilling as it’ll start to dissolve, and coat them really well before baking.

  6. these are so good! i didn’t have eggs so i substituted flax seed and it was still amazing. i highly recommend adding some sort of peppermint for a holiday twist!

  7. I am in the middle of prepping these cookies. I have followed directions and used ingredients as listed. My dough is like brownie batter. Help please!

    1. Mine is like brownie batter too! Almost pourable. I’m going to try adding a bit more flour, then chilling the whole bowl full, rather than spooning it out prior to chilling. I’d just end up with one big mass of batter/dough if I tried to spoon it out now. 🙁

    2. I’m making these and my dough is like brownie mix I followed the directions to the T …..please answer me quickly I need to get these done.

  8. Made these today for the first time So easy!!! I’m gonna be the best Grandma tomorrow! My grandson’s are going to love them!

  9. I’m excited to try some of these ideas 🙂 I love food and I love to try new recipes. Lately I did a Naples food tour and discovered new tastes. It is the most beautiful thing 😀 So I thank you for the sharing.