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Craving something sweet? Why not try making these chocolate crinkle cookies? They are simple to bake and will definitely hit the spot. So next time you’re feeling a sugar craving, give this recipe a go and add this Chocolate Crinkle cookie to your holiday baking list.

Chocolate Crinkle Cookie: Still The Classic Favorite

For some reason, the chocolate crinkle cookie is still one of the top cookie recipes everyone knows and already has their version. It is so known globally, garnering a large variety when it comes to baking processes and techniques. But regardless of how it looks in terms of shape and size, and how you call it, this famous cookie treat has one distinct character: the presence of the powdered sugar coating.

Chocolate Crinkle Cookie

Pantry Staples

Finding the perfect ingredients can be difficult if you need to utilize a lot of them. Let’s admit it, baking is already a little complicated, and we want to avoid another complication when sourcing ingredients. Sometimes there are too many ingredients in recipes, making them difficult to follow. The good news about this cookie recipe is that it primarily uses pantry staples, simplifying the cooking process. 

Chocolate Crinkle Cookie

Variations and Substitutions

One main factor in making a successful cookie recipe is finding the right ingredients. Aside from the fact that it is the body of one’s recipe, It can make or break it too. It contributes almost 90% of the result; that’s why we have taken some notes below that might come in handy in the future. 

Cocoa Powder:

It is one major component of your chocolate crinkle recipe. This will be the source of its chocolatey goodness, aroma, and color. Finding a suitable cocoa powder can be a little tricky. In the market, they have two varieties: the natural cocoa powder that comes little light and bland. 

If you aim for a more intense chocolatey goodness, use alkalized or the dutch process. This will not only give your crinkle a bright and darker brown hue but as well as an intense level of chocolate.

Chocolate crinkle Cookie

Oil Vs. Melted Butter

When I say they are tons of recipes outside, it also involves different versions. Some use melted butter instead of oil; others combine it for a good reason. While both methods are okay and will give the chocolate crinkle cookie that rich flavor, butter, on the other hand, will give it a buttery taste, while the presence of oil will provide it with the moist texture that is needed for the recipe. But for my recommendation, I still believe that oil works best for this recipe, giving it the right consistency, crinkle, and crumbs. 


Chocolate Cookie Crinkle

Chocolate Crinkle Cookie

Who can say no to a warm, fudgy chocolate crinkle cookie? These cookies are the perfect treat to enjoy with a cup of coffee or milk. They're also pretty easy to make, so they're great for baking beginners. So let's get started!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Chilling Time 3 hours
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24 pcs
Calories 48 kcal


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup cocoa powder unsweetened
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • pinch salt
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup brown sugar packed
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup confectioners' sugar for the coating


Dry Ingredients:

  • First, combine all the dry ingredients in a small bowl. Mix the flour, unsweetened cocoa powder, salt, and baking soda, then set it aside.

Wet Ingredients:

  • Combine oil and sugars in a medium bowl using a hand mixer set to medium-low speed. Beat till well combined before adding vanilla and eggs, one at a time.
  • Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients:
  • Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ones gradually while scraping down the sides of the bowl. Beat on low speed until barely mixed. Keep in mind that the dough will be extremely sticky.


  • Refrigerate the bowl for at least two hours and overnight with a tight plastic wrap cover. If chilled overnight, the cookie dough should be left on the counter for 10 to 20 minutes before shaping into balls. This will give it a chance to warm up a little bit since the cookies would be thicker and spread less.

Shape and coat the cookies:

  • Take the chilled cookie dough out of the fridge. Using a cookie scoop, make 1 spoonful of cookie dough and form it into a ball. The cookie ball should be thoroughly covered in a shallow plate of confectioners' sugar. On a half-sheet baking pan prepared with parchment paper or a silicone mat, place the cookie balls 2 inches apart. Continue until all of the cookie dough has been used. These might need to be baked in two batches.


  • Bake for 10 to 12 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit or until barely set. They will feel soft to the touch and look somewhat underbaked, but as they cool, they will firm up. Gently tap the baking sheet on the kitchen counter a few times. The cookies should cool on the baking sheet for five minutes before being moved to a wire cooling rack to finish cooling.


The dough needs to be chilled. Don't skip this procedure. The dough is considerably easier to handle and becomes firmer after being chilled. You need to freeze them for at least two hours or overnight to be able to roll them into balls. However, if chilled overnight, the cookie dough should be left on the counter for 10 to 20 minutes before shaping into balls. This process will give it a chance to warm up just a little bit, since else the cookies would be thicker and spread less.


Calories: 48kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 1gFat: 0.3gSaturated Fat: 0.2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.03gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 19mgPotassium: 36mgFiber: 1gSugar: 6gCalcium: 15mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Chocolate Crinkle Cookie, Cookie Recipe, Holiday Cookies
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To Wrap It All Up

This holiday season, ditch the store-bought cookies and impress your family and friends with homemade chocolate crinkle cookies. This recipe is easy to follow and only requires a few ingredients that you likely already have in your pantry. Don’t be discouraged if your first batch doesn’t turn out perfect – baking is all about trial and error. With a little practice, you’ll be churning out picture-perfect cookies in no time. So what are you waiting for? Gather your supplies and give this recipe a try!

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