These chocolate crinkle cookies are soft, cakey, slightly fudgy, and delicious too! The perfect Christmas cookie!

A batch of chocolate crinkle cookies piled on top of each other with a bite taken out of the top one.

One of my favorite times of year is Christmas because of all the treats, specifically the cookies! Earlier this week I shared my favorite cut-out sugar cookie recipe, so today I wanted to share another classic – these chocolate crinkle cookies.

Truth be told, I attempted these cookies last year around Christmas time and I couldn’t find a recipe that I loved. I wanted the cookies to be soft, a little fudgy, and most importantly I wanted the powdered sugar to hold up well. After a lot of recipe testing, I finally created a recipe that checks all of those boxes and the powdered sugar holds up for days!

These cookies are almost like a cakey brownie, but in cookie form. And yes, they’re just as delicious as they sound!

The ingredients needed to make cookies in bowls on top of a rustic gray surface.

Ingredients For This Recipe

Unlike most of my other cookie recipes, this one uses melted butter and more eggs to achieve a perfect cookie dough where the powdered sugar holds up. Here are the ingredients that you will be using for this chocolate crinkle cookie recipe:

  • All-Purpose Flour: This provides the structure for your cookies, be sure to spoon and level your flour as well. Too much flour can lead do a very dense and crumbly cookie.
  • Cocoa Powder: There’s 1 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder in these cookies for maximum chocolate flavor. I used natural unsweetened cocoa powder, but Dutch-processed cocoa powder would be fine too.
  • Baking Powder & Salt: The baking powder gives the cookies some lift and the salt balances out the sweetness of the cookies.
  • Melted Butter: In many of my cookie recipes I prefer to use softened butter, but for this recipe we’re using melted butter. Many chocolate crinkle cookies use oil, but I find that butter adds more flavor. Be sure to let your butter cool slightly before mixing it with the other ingredients as well.
  • Sugar: I like to use a mix of brown sugar and granulated sugar, the brown sugar adds more flavor to the cookies and keeps them moist. I used light brown sugar, but dark brown sugar will work too. 
  • Eggs & Vanilla: There are 4 large eggs in these cookies, which may seem like quite a bit, but it’s necessary for this particular dough. I recommend using room temperature eggs because cold eggs can shock the melted butter and cause it to solidify. The vanilla also adds a little flavor.
  • Powdered Sugar: Also known as confectioner sugar or icing sugar, the cookie dough is rolled into it right before baking.

How To Make Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

To make these chocolate crinkle cookies, start by sifting together the flour and unsweetened cocoa powder. I highly recommend doing this, otherwise, you can end up with some lumps of cocoa powder in your cookies. Let’s be honest, no one wants that, so don’t skip it! Then, whisk in the baking powder and salt.

In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the melted butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar until they’re well combined. Then, mix in the eggs and pure vanilla extract until fully combined. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix them together until just combined.

This dough is very similar to brownie batter so don’t be worried once you mix it together, this is normal! The dough needs to be covered tightly and chilled for at least 2 hours, this will make the cookies bake up nice and thick and make the dough much easier to work with too.

Once the dough is thoroughly chilled, preheat your oven to 350°F (177°C) and line a few large baking sheets with parchment paper. 

Take your cookie dough out of the refrigerator, scoop it out, and roll each ball of cookie dough in the powdered sugar. I prefer to use a 1.5 tablespoon cookie scoop because it creates the perfect size cookie. Feel free to use a smaller or larger cookie scoop if you prefer and just adjust the baking time accordingly.

With a 1.5 tablespoon cookie scoop, I find that 11 to 13 minutes is the perfect amount of time to bake them. The tops should look set and they will start to crack when they are done. Just be sure to let them cool completely before enjoying them!

Several chocolate crinkle cookies piled on top of each other in a white dish.

Tips For Storing & Freezing

These crinkle cookies can be stored for up to one week at room temperature in an airtight container, if you need to store them longer then I recommend freezing them.

To freeze the baked cookies, make sure they are cooled completely and store them in a freezer bag or freezer-friendly storage container for up to 3 months. I recommend placing some parchment paper between each layer of cookies so that they don’t stick together. When you’re ready to enjoy the cookies, simply let them sit on the counter for a few hours so that they can come to room temperature.

To freeze the cookie dough, scoop the dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and freeze for 1 to 2 hours. Store the frozen balls of cookie dough in a freezer bag or freezer-friendly storage container for up to 3 months. To bake the cookies, thaw the dough overnight in the refrigerator, coat with powdered sugar, and bake as directed.

A serving dish filled with chocolate crinkle cookies.

Baking Tips

  • Make sure to sift your flour and cocoa powder together first, this will remove any lumps that could end up in your cookie dough.
  • Let your butter cool slightly before mixing it with the other wet ingredients. If the butter is too hot, you could end up with some scrambled eggs in your dough.
  • It’s best to use room temperature eggs for these cookies. To bring your eggs to room temperature quickly, place them in a bowl of warm water for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Chill the dough for at least 2 hours. This is a sticky cookie dough so chilling it will make it much easier to work with!
  • Use a cookie scoop – this will make it so much easier to scoop the dough and the cookies will all bake up uniform in size.

More Chocolate Cookies To Try!

A batch of chocolate crinkle cookies with one cookie having a bite taken out of it.

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

5 from 5 ratings
Prep Time: 25 mins
Cook Time: 12 mins
Chilling Time: 2 hrs
Total Time: 2 hrs 37 mins
These chocolate crinkle cookies are soft, cakey, slightly fudgy, and delicious too! The perfect Christmas cookie!

Ingredients

Servings: 32 cookies
  • 2 cups (250 grams) all-purpose flour spooned & leveled
  • 1 cup (85 grams) natural unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (115 grams) unsalted butter melted and slightly cooled
  • 1 cup (200 grams) granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup (150 grams) light brown sugar packed
  • 4 large eggs at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup (60 grams) powdered sugar

Instructions
 

  • In a large mixing bowl, sift the flour and cocoa powder together then whisk in the baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  • In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the melted butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until well combined. Mix in the eggs and pure vanilla extract until fully combined.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix together until just combined.
  • Cover tightly and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  • Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C). Line large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Add the powdered sugar to a small bowl and set aside.
  • Remove the cookie dough from the refrigerator. Using a 1.5 tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop the cookie dough, roll in the powdered sugar, and place onto the prepared baking sheets. Repeat with the remaining cookie dough.
  • Bake for 11 to 13 minutes or until the tops of the cookies are set. Remove from the oven and allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheets for 5 to 10 minutes, then carefully transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

Notes

Storage: Cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week.
Freezing Instructions: Scoop the dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and freeze for 1 to 2 hours. Store the frozen balls of cookie dough in a freezer bag or freezer-friendly storage container for up to 3 months. To bake the cookies, thaw the dough overnight in the refrigerator, coat with powdered sugar, and bake as directed.
Baked cookies will also freeze well for up to 3 months, thaw to room temperature before serving.
Eggs: I recommend using room temperature eggs because cold eggs can shock the melted butter and cause it to solidify. To bring your eggs to room temperature quickly, place them in a bowl of warm water for 5 to 10 minutes.
Cuisine: American
Course: Dessert
Author: Danielle
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