Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Easy Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are my favorite Christmas cookie! This easy recipe made with real chocolate and a few other ingredients is sure to impress for holiday parties, cookie swaps and more. Only 20 minutes of prep creates 36 delectable cookies.

Also make a batch of our popular Easy Peanut Butter Cookies and Royal Iced Sugar Cookies to bring to your next cookie swap!

stack of chocolate crinkle cookies

You can’t go wrong with chocolate cookies! These little Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are made with real chocolate. They are like brownies in cookie form. So good!

heating chocolate and butter on the stove to make chocolate crinkle cookies

These chocolate crinkle cookies are the real deal! They are made with real butter, chocolate, sugar, eggs, vanilla, flour, salt and baking powder. Roll them in confectioners’ sugar to create little pillowy fudgy cookies that everyone loves. With only 20 minutes of prep, you will be on your way to delicious cookies to share with friends and family.

shaping a batch of easy christmas cookies

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies recipe

Crinkle cookies are relatively easy to make. Grab a few simple ingredients and make a batch!

  1. First, melt the chocolate and butter together.
  2. Next, mix together the sugar and eggs until pale and fluffy. Add the vanilla and then the chocolate mixture.
  3. Add the remaining dry ingredients (except for confectioners’ sugar) to the chocolate mixture. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until the mixture is firm.
  4. Once the mixture is firm, roll into 1 inch balls, coat in the confectioners’s sugar and place on a prepared baking sheet. Bake and ENJOY!

baking chocolate crinkle cookies

Tips for making easy chocolate cookies

  • The dough freezes well. Freeze the chocolate cookie dough for up to 2 months. Thaw and roll in confectioners sugar before baking.
  • Store these cookies in a sealed container for up to 4 days.
  • Add a Hershey kiss on top immediately after removing from the oven for extra chocolate flavor, similar to these Chocolate Kiss Cookies.
  • Add a pinch of cayenne and cinnamon for a hint of Mexican chocolate flavor.

crinkle cookies recipe

We know that you’re going to love these easy crinkle cookies! Create a fun plate of holiday cookies by making Stuffed Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies, Double Chocolate Chip Peppermint Cookies and beautiful Sugar Cookies with royal icing. Add some Peppermint Fudge and create a delicious assortment of holiday goodies that is perfect for gifting and sharing!

crinkle cookies recipe

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Yield: 36 cookies
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Easy Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are my favorite Christmas cookie! This easy recipe made with real chocolate and a few other ingredients is sure to impress for holiday parties, cookie swaps and more.
5 from 3 votes


  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 8 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar, sifted


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • 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.


Serving: 0g, Calories: 94kcal, Carbohydrates: 13g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 12mg, Sodium: 20mg, Potassium: 50mg, Fiber: 0g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 55IU, Calcium: 9mg, Iron: 0.7mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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3 comments on “Chocolate Crinkle Cookies”

  1. Superb! The recipe is almost too good to be true. I can totally see these crinkle cookies being a huge hit at holiday parties. My family and friends would love these. I believe every bite tastes like heaven. Plus, your directions and pictures make the recipe so easy to follow. Putting it on my list.
    Ashley, thank you so much for sharing such a fab idea and all of your precious tips. I’m so glad that I came across your wonderful blog a few days ago. Got so much inspiration. I’m looking forward to your new awesome recipes. Keep up the good work!

  2. It wouldn’t be Christmas at our house without these cookies!

  3. Chocolate Crinkles are my favorite! And my little girls too! They’re so beautiful and always a hit! Thank you so much for the recipe.

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