Perfect Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Looking for a recipe for perfect chocolate crinkle cookies? Look no further! These are easy to make with a fudgy brownie center and a sweet crunchy exterior.

A close up shot of perfect chocolate crinkle cookies.

We made these cookies after the first snowfall here in Virginia. The kids loved how they looked like little snowballs, and really loved watching them crack in the oven. My husband was pretty smitten too. He loves brownies, so the fudgy interiors and crispy, crinkled exteriors made all of his cookie dreams come true.

The brownie-like inside of a perfect chocolate crinkle cookie.

This is a classic Christmas cookie, there’s no doubt about that. You’ve probably seen them before. Maybe you’ve even made them.

My version is extra soft on the inside with a thick, white layer of powdered sugar on the inside.

Thin, chocolately dough is more like brownie batter for perfect chocolate crinkle cookies.

The first thing you need to know is that the “dough” for these cookies is more like a batter. Remember how I said these were more like brownies? Instead of scooping the batter right away, you’ll want to chill in the refrigerator.

How long should I chill cookie dough for?

Most cookie dough only needs an hour or so in the refrigerator, however, this dough needs at least four. It can be refrigerated overnight if needed.

A bowl of powdered sugar with balls of perfect chocolate crinkle cookies rolled inside.

Once the dough is firm, you’ll want to use a small cookie scoop (2 teaspoons) to form even balls. Working quickly, roll the balls in the palm of your hand to form a smooth surface. The dough will get sticky as it gets warm, this is normal.

Roll each ball into powdered sugar. They need to be fully coated. I like to pat it on so it’s extra thick that way when they bake the dough won’t absorb the powdered sugar leaving the cookies dull and dusty looking.

Perfect chocolate crinkle cookies on a cookie sheet straight out of the oven.

Bake for 10-13 minutes depending on how soft or crisp you prefer them. The cookies will set as they cool.

We love this version of crinkle cookies, but we also love changing things up! These cookies are really easy to customize.

Mix-in ideas for chocolate crinkle cookies:

  • Orange zest/extract
  • Candy cane pieces/peppermint extract
  • Chocolate chips
  • Chopped toasted walnuts or pecans

An overhead shot of perfect chocolate crinkle cookies.

These really are perfect chocolate crinkle cookies. They are easy to whip up, look festive on holiday cookie trays, and taste amazing! Everyone will love them!


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Perfect chocolate crinkle cookies.

Perfect Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Looking for a recipe for perfect chocolate crinkle cookies? Look no further! These are easy to make with a fudgy brownie center and a sweet crunchy exterior.
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Course: christmas cookies, Cookies
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 30 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Additional Time: 1 hr
Total Time: 1 hr 40 mins
Servings: 4 dozen
Author: Natalie Dicks
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For the dough:
  • 1 1/2 c. granulated sugar
  • 1/2 c. light or dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 c. vegetable or canola oil
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. espresso powder
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 1/3 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. coarse kosher sea salt
For rolling:
  • 3/4 c. powdered sugar


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer or a large mixing bowl with a hand mixer, add the sugars, oil, vanilla, and espresso powder. Mix on low until combined, about 1 minute. Add eggs one at a time, mixing after each addition.
  • In a medium mixing bowl whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt.
  • With mixing speed on low, gradually add the dry ingredients, mix until combined.
  • Cover dough and refrigerate for at least four hours, or overnight.
  • Once the dough is thoroughly chilled and completely solid, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  • Using a small cookie scoop (about 2 teaspoons), form balls. Roll in your hands to create a smooth surface on each ball. Roll each ball in powdered sugar, packing it on to ensure it is fully covered.
  • Place on cookie sheet and bake for 10-13 minutes or until set. The cracks should still look moist, they will firm as the cookies cool. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. 


-Add mix-ins during step 3.
Adapted from allrecipes.