Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies - a favorite holiday cookie!

I’ve already expressed my love for cookies. Every year around the holidays, I package up an assortment of treats and give them to my family, neighbors, coworkers and friends. I usually include fudge, hot chocolate, truffles and a mix of cookies. I always make sure to include these Chocolate Crinkle Cookies. They are the perfect little two-bite cookie. Light, fudgy and pillowy. I suggest doubling the recipe and keeping one batch for yourself and sharing the other with friends.

We are one week into December but I still have to bake for two more cookie swaps, two more holiday parties, and many holiday gifts. When I am not baking cookies, I am eating cookies. This weekend I am also looking forward to attending a few classes at the gym (to burn off some of those cookies), finishing my Christmas shopping and attending our local annual Winter Festival. With less than three weeks away, Christmas will be here before we know it. What is remaining on your holiday to-do list?

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Chocolate Crinkle Cookies - you won't be able to eat just one!

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies - you won't be able to eat just one!

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies - a favorite holiday cookie!

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies - a favorite holiday cookie!

Yields about 3 dozen

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
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  • 4 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 8 oz. semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar, sifted


  1. In a heatproof bowl set over a pot of simmering water, melt the chocolate and butter until smooth. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the eggs and sugar until thick, pale and fluffy (about 5 to 6 minutes). Add the vanilla and mix to blend. Add the cooled chocolate mixture and beat until incorporated.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and baking powder. Add dry ingredients to the chocolate mixture, stirring just until incorporated. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm enough to shape into balls (several hours or even overnight).
  4. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  5. Place the confectioners sugar in a shallow bowl. Form the chilled dough into 1 inch balls, then roll each ball in the sugar to coat. Coat balls completely, so that no chocolate is showing through. Place the sugar-covered balls on the prepared baking sheet, about 2 inches apart and bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or just until the edges are slightly firm but the centers are still soft. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool.


Store in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

Source: Joy of Baking


  1. Natalie @ Tastes Lovely

    These are so pretty Ashley! They look like little chocolate cookies that got snowed on : )

    • Ashley

      Thanks, Natalie! It is the only snow I will see here in Florida πŸ™‚

    • Ashley

      Same here, I am already on my second batch this season! And I’ll be making a third this week. I love the simplicity of the chocolate and powdered sugar.

  2. Min @ MJ and Hungryman

    THese cookies look amazing! I love the use of minimal ingredients ;). How do you stay in such great shape when you are constantly surrounded by all these amazing cookies! Tell me your secret hehe.

    • Ashley

      Ha! My secret is that I get them out of my house ASAP. My coworkers probably hate me (or love me).

  3. Kelly

    These cookies look fantastic Ashley! Crinkle cookies are one of my favorites during the holidays and I love how pretty yours look. The recipients of all your cookies are very lucky πŸ™‚ I think my holiday to-do list is slowly starting to get a little bit shorter. I have a few hats I need to finish crocheting as well as a few more batches of cookies to make and finish off my holiday shopping as well. Hope you cross off lots of things off your list soon and have a wonderful weekend πŸ™‚

    • Ashley

      Wow, Kelly, that is amazing that you crochet too! I hope you were able to finish some of your to-dos this past weekend!

  4. Consuelo @ Honey & Figs

    These look super pretty, Ashley! I love the snowy look πŸ˜‰
    Have a lovely weekend! xo

    • Ashley

      Thanks, Consuelo! It is the only “snow” I get to see here in Florida πŸ™‚

  5. Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen

    Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are one of my favorite Christmas cookies! Love the light powdery coating and the rich chocolaty middle!

  6. Ashley

    Love chocolate crinkle cookies! We make them every holiday! I have one more Christmas present that I need to buy and then I’m hoping to get them all wrapped up soon (and a few shipped out). And do this while watching Christmas movies!

    • Ashley

      I am addicted to Christmas movies! Love them and the sappier and cheesier the better. I hope that you were able to finish some of your shopping and wrapping this past weekend!

  7. Amy @ Homey Oh My!

    Oh my gosh. These look amazing. “Light, fudgy and pillowy.” Hits me right in the gut how badly I want to eat one of these cookies.
    My goal this weekend was to finish up Christmas shopping too but I ended up just getting things for myself -.- Terrible how that happens haha! I cannot believe Christmas is so near.

    • Ashley

      There is nothing wrong with buying for yourself πŸ™‚

    • Ashley

      Thanks, Sarah & Arkadi!

  8. Joanne

    Chocolate crinkles are such a great holiday cookie! And your cookie gifts sound awesome. I really need to get my act together and do that this year also.

  9. Anne ~ Uni Homemaker

    This post really gets me in the holiday mood! I love how festive it is. πŸ™‚ Your chocolate crinkle cookies are baked to perfection. Love it and pinned!

  10. Meg

    I love chocolate crinkle cookies — one of my favorites! I still haven’t figured out what I’m taking to my family’s annual cookie swap . . . these are now on the shortlist!

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