Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

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Editor's Note: If you're looking for the perfect addition to your holiday cookie tray, then this recipe for Chocolate Crinkle Cookies is it! This easy cookie recipe can be made in advance, and you can even freeze the dough so that you can bake only what you need. These cookies are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth, especially if you're craving chocolate. Keep in mind these cookies can keep for up to four days — as long as no one eats every last crumb first, of course! Do you need even more chocolate cookies? Then take a look at the authors' recipe for Chocolate Biscotti.

Deep chocolate crinkles are the original black-and-white cookie. They go into the oven as unimpressive balls rolled in confectioners’ sugar and emerge with an appealing contrast between the fissures of dark chocolate and the sugar. The crinkles can be soft and chewy or crisp, depending on how long you bake them.

The dough freezes well, so you can roll it into balls (don’t dip them in sugar), place on a baking sheet, and freeze until firm, then store in an airtight container or plastic freezer bag. To bake, remove as many balls as you need from the freezer and let thaw for 30 minutes, then roll in the sugar and bake.

Makes5 dozen cookies

Cooking MethodBaking



Total Timeunder 4 hours

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

OccasionBuffet, Casual Dinner Party, Cocktail Party

Recipe CourseDessert, Snack

EquipmentElectric Mixer

MealKid Snack, Tea

Taste and TextureChewy, Chocolatey, Crisp, Rich, Sweet

Type of DishChocolate Dessert, Cookie


  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • 4 ounces 99% unsweetened chocolate, melted
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar


  1. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the oil, chocolate, and granulated sugar and blend on medium speed. With the mixer running, add the eggs one at a time, followed by the vanilla, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary. There may be some small clumps of sugar in the batter at this point. 

  3. Add the dry ingredients and mix on low speed, stopping once to scrape down the sides. Mix until just incorporated, 2 to 3 minutes. The dough will be sticky.

  4. Gather the dough into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill for at least 2 hours or overnight.

  5. Position the racks in the lower and upper thirds of the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with Silpats or parchment paper.

  6. Pour the confectioners’ sugar onto a plate or into a shallow bowl. Roll the dough into 1-inch balls, drop onto the sugar, and roll each ball so that all sides are covered. Place 2 inches apart on the prepared sheets.

  7. Bake for 10 minutes for soft, chewy cookies, or 12 minutes for crisp cookies, rotating the pans halfway through baking. The cookies are done when the edges are set (but the tops still have a little give to them). Let cool completely on cooling racks.

  8. The cookies can be stored in an airtight container for 3 to 4 days.


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