Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

This Chocolate Crinkle Cookies recipe is a holiday family favorite- they’re deliciously chewy, chocolate cookies that are super easy to make and a definite crowd-pleaser! 

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Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

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I’m sure you’ve seen these before. I mean come on, we all have. These festively pretty chocolate cookies seem to be a mainstay on every holiday cookie plate, at least they do around here. And with good reason! These chocolate cookies are so perfectly chewy and delicious that no one can seem to resist them.

This chocolate crinkle cookie recipe is pretty difficult to screw up, even for those who aren’t the best bakers (like me!!). They fulfill everyone’s chewy-chocolaty-goodness-need beautifully which makes them a hot item on the cookie platter. While this makes a pretty good size batch, don’t plan on having any left. These little guys go fast!

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Tips for making this Chocolate Crinkles

  • My biggest piece of advice is to go slow and steady when melting your chocolate. Chocolate can be pretty temperamental to work with and if you melt it over too high heat it will seize up creating a clay like texture. The way to avoid this is to slowly melt it over lower heat. You can do this by chopping the chocolate and using a double boiler and stirring frequently or you can check out my post to learn how to melt chocolate in the microwave.
  • Be sure to chill the cookie dough well before rolling the cookies. This will help prevent too much spreading and make them easier to roll.
  • I like to make sure I give the dough balls a nice, thick coat of confectioner’s sugar before placing them on the pan.
  • Once baked, the cookies should deflate a little as they cool, but still be soft and chewy.

chocolate crinkle cookies

Frequently asked questions about this chocolate crinkles recipe

  • Can you freeze chocolate crinkle cookies? Yes, these freeze very well in an airtight container.
  • How long do crinkle cookies last? They last around a week in an airtight container on your counter but for several months in the freezer.

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Helpful tools

  1. Mixing bowl
  2. Stand mixer or Hand mixer
  3. Spatula
  4. Chef’s knife
  5. Cutting board
  6. Measuring cups
  7. Measuring spoons
  8. Sheet pan
  9. Silpat

Video Tutorial for making Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

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This Chocolate Crinkle Cookies recipe is a holiday family favorite- they're deliciously chewy, chocolate cookies that are super easy to make and a definite crowd-pleaser! These cookies are perfect on a Christmas cookie platter and are the best addition to any special occasion dessert table.
Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
22 mins

This Chocolate Crinkle Cookies recipe is a holiday family favorite- they're deliciously chewy, chocolate cookies that are super easy to make and a definite crowd-pleaser! 

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate crinkle cookies
Servings: 36 cookies
Author: Betty Crocker's Cooky Book
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup confectioner's sugar
  1. In a large mixing bowl beat together oil, chocolate and sugar until light and fluffy. 

  2. Add eggs and vanilla and mix until well combined.

  3. Add eggs and vanilla extract and mix until well combined.

  4. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt  and add to the wet ingredients.

  5. Mix until just combined (don't over mix) and chill for at least a few hours (I chilled it overnight).

  6. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare cookie pans by either greasing them or lining with parchment paper or a silicone liner.

  7. Roll teaspoons of dough into small balls and cover in confectioner's sugar. Bake for 10-12 minutes (don't over bake). Cool and serve.

chocolate crinkle cookie recipe

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    November 30, 2015 at 11:58 am Yummy. I know it was 9 am but I would have ate more than one lol
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      December 1, 2015 at 4:04 pm I definitely did :)
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    November 30, 2015 at 12:06 pm These look delicious. I need to try making these for my husband! Krystal recently posted...Taking Care of your Teeth with the Tooth Fairy TykeMy Profile
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      December 1, 2015 at 4:03 pm Thank you- my husband cannot get enough!
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    November 30, 2015 at 8:10 pm Those look delicious! I might have to add them to my list of Christmas cookies to bake this year! Amanda recently posted...Fall 2015 Bucket List: RecapMy Profile
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      December 1, 2015 at 4:03 pm Thank you- I hope you enjoy!
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    December 1, 2015 at 2:57 pm I love these, but never knew what they were called. Going to have to add these to the list this year. Shann recently posted...Saving Money for an EducationMy Profile
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      December 1, 2015 at 3:50 pm Me too! Enjoy!
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    Kaitie @ Fuchsia Freezer
    December 2, 2015 at 2:52 pm these look so delicious! And perfect for my christmas cookie exchange!! Kaitie @ Fuchsia Freezer recently posted...Turkey Stuffed Zucchini BoatsMy Profile
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      December 3, 2015 at 2:02 pm Thank you- they're perfect for a cookie exchange and the recipe makes a good amount.
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    December 2, 2015 at 4:25 pm These look divine! I'm going to have to try these! Kristi recently posted...DIY Kids Craft Stick Christmas Tree OrnamentMy Profile
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      December 3, 2015 at 2:02 pm I hope you enjoy them :)
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    December 6, 2015 at 12:35 pm Thanks for sharing at Let's Get Real Link Up. You sure have some fun, beautifully created recipes. Karen recently posted...Welcome to Let’s Get Real Party #119My Profile
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      December 7, 2015 at 11:19 am Thank you :)
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    Rosemary @anitalianinmykitchen
    December 8, 2015 at 4:14 pm These look so delicious, thanks for linking up to the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop. Rosemary @anitalianinmykitchen recently posted...Make It Happen – ZabaioneMy Profile
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      December 9, 2015 at 11:35 am Thank you!
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    Jersey Girl Cooks
    December 20, 2018 at 10:00 am I haven't made these in years! I think its time!
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    Alyssa Brantley
    December 20, 2018 at 4:42 pm A must make for the cookie platter! Love how easy it is to make these cookies! Alyssa Brantley recently posted...Old Bay ShrimpMy Profile
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    December 20, 2018 at 8:52 pm My kids will surely love these!! They look so good!
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    Lindsay Cotter
    December 20, 2018 at 9:28 pm These are so easy to make! Perfect for the holiday cookie plate! Lindsay Cotter recently posted...Irish Cream Gluten Free Banana Bread {Dairy Free}My Profile
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    December 21, 2018 at 10:40 pm I just adore these! They are a Christmas staple!
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    tina d
    December 23, 2018 at 5:38 pm just put the batter in the fridge, it looks more like cake batter is that normal?
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      Jessy Freimann
      December 26, 2018 at 12:44 pm Yes, from a looks standpoint. It shouldn't be liquid-y per se, but it will definitely harden up in the fridge. Good luck!
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    June 2, 2019 at 7:40 pm I just made a double batch of these for a wedding that I’m in! In Ohio most wedding receptions have a big cookie table. They turned out SO GOOD and it was great because you can make them as small/big as you want. Definitely keeping this recipe.
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      Jessy Freimann
      June 7, 2019 at 3:03 pm I'm so glad you loved it Traci- it sounds like it was a pretty amazing cookie table! My Grandma used to have a business making cookies for weddings (long before you needed a commercial kitchen in NY state). Thanks for stopping by <3

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