These Chewy Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are soft, chewy, and turn out picture-perfect – my favorite Christmas cookie to bake. Just a short chilling time and an EASY dough make these so simple 🙌🏻
I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned this before, but Chocolate Crinkles are one of my all-time favorite Christmas cookies.
My mom used to make these every year when I was a kid, only she dipped them in granulated sugar vs powdered sugar for the crunch. She was wrong (sorry, Mom!). The powdered sugar makes these SO pretty!
I love how to powdered sugar reveals these beautiful crackles once the cookies sink down and cool after baking.
I usually help them out a little with this by gently pushing down on them with the bottom of a drinking glass – this also makes them denser and chewier, exactly how I love them.
I added a few notes to the recipe below to help you figure out which other tweaks you can make for extra fudgy cookies; and what to do if you prefer them taller and softer.
I hope you’ll love these as much as we do!
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Chocolate Crinkles are pure amazingness. An extra-soft, chewy, fudgy cookie that’s dipped in powdered sugar before baking. The best thing about them? They are so easy to make pretty. All you have to do is make sure the powdered sugar coating is thick enough before baking, and they’ll crinkle and become all beautiful during baking.
- 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1.5 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup butter, softened
- 1 1/2 cups white sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 4 large eggs
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- Combine dry ingredients: Combine cocoa powder, flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.
- Cream wet ingredients: Place butter, sugar and vanilla in a large mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer until combined. Add the eggs, one at a time, and mix on medium-low speed just until combined - about 10 seconds each.
- Make cookie dough: Add the dry ingredients to the egg mixture and mix on low speed until incorporated.
- Chill cookie dough: Cover the bowl and chill the dough for at least 1 hour or up to overnight (the longer you chill, the thicker the cookies will be).
- Roll cookies: When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350°F. Place the powdered sugar in a medium bowl. Roll the dough into tablespoon-sized balls and cover them well with the sugar.
- Bake cookies: Place on a lined baking sheet with enough space between them (bake in batches) and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until spread and crackled. Cookies will still be soft, so let them cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing them to a cooling rack to cool completely.
To make larger cookies, use 2 tablespoons of dough per cookie. They will bake in 12-15 minutes.
To make smaller cookies, use 1 generous tablespoon of dough per cookie. They will bake in around 10 minutes.
The exact baking times will depend on your oven and how hot it runs, so remember to check on your cookies frequently. Don't overbake or they will be hard - they'll be soft like pudding when you take them out of the oven, but they'll firm up as they cool! If you overbake, they will be tough AND they will not sink back down to reveal their beautiful crinkle pattern.
When beating in the eggs, only do them for max 10 seconds each, otherwise they will get too frothy and your cookies will blow up too much in the oven.
Yes, it’s a sticky dough, and even after chilling it will start sticking to your palms – that’s normal. Just wash your hands after every few cookies you rolled and it will be fine.
Make sure you stick to the ingredient amounts the recipe calls for. Otherwise the dough could be too sticky to ever roll, or you could end up with dry cookies.
Make sure you coat the cookies with a thick, even layer of powdered sugar without any gaps – that’s the only way to get that beautiful look!
How to make taller/softer crinkles:
If you prefer your chocolate crinkles tall and soft, here are a few ways to achieve it:
- chill the dough for a longer amount of time
- place the cookie dough balls on a chilled baking sheet
- bake the cookie dough balls straight after rolling them without letting them come to room temperature first
- let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes without touching them before transferring them to a cooling rack
How to make your crinkle cookies more chewy:
If you want your chocolate crinkles to be a little denser and more fudgy (that’s how I love them!), here’s what to do:
- chill the dough just as long as neededplace the cookie dough balls on a room temperature baking sheet
- let the cookie dough balls stand at room temperature for 10-15 minutes before baking
- if the cookies are still very tall when they come out of the oven, you can gently press them down with the bottom of a drinking glass – you just have to do it RIGHT as you take them out!
On the counter: The crinkle cookies stay fresh in an airtight container at room temperature for about 3-4 days.
In the freezer: If you want to keep the cookies for longer, they freeze well for up to 3 months (see blow).
To freeze unbaked dough:
It’s easy to freeze the rolled cookie dough balls (don’t dip them in sugar though!)
Freeze on a lined baking sheet in a single layer until firm (about 2 hours, then transfer to freezer bags and freeze for up to 2 months.
To bake, just take as many balls as you want to make from the freezer and let sit on a plate on the counter for 30 minutes, then roll in powdered sugar and bake.
To freeze baked cookies:
Place the cooled cookies in layers in freezer containers, separating layers with baking parchment. Label with the name and use-by date (freeze for up to 3 months).
To defrost, put them on a wire rack and let them sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes. Do not let them sit in the container or on a plate, or they will get soggy.
If you want warm, freshly-baked cookie flavors, you can place the thawed cookies on a baking sheet and warm them at 275°C for 5-6 minutes.
Serving Size:1 cookie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 103 Saturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 25mg Sodium: 43mg Carbohydrates: 18g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 11g Protein: 2g
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These are my kids' favorite, so you know you'll have to try them with yours, too!