Chocolate cookies rolled in powdered sugar and baked to light & crumbly perfection. They’re the perfect combination of brownies and crinkle cookies!

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Classic Chocolate Crinkle Cookies! Chocolate cookies rolled in powdered sugar and baked to light & crumbly perfection. They're the perfect combination of brownies and crinkle cookies! |

About Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

As promised, I’m continuing to lay low in the pumpkin department – but only because there’s still plenty of other tastes and types of desserts that I don’t mind monopolizing my time during the holiday season.

Such as chocolate, which is great any time of the year, but it’s even better now that all the specialty desserts coming out to play.

And then there are cookies, because there’s something about the end of the year that makes cookies the canvas for creative culinary works of art (try saying that five times fast).

But even with all the fun desserts out right now, I’m still more of a traditionalist. I lean (ie, crave unconditionally) toward the classics. Because you can’t fix what isn’t broken, amiright? And is there really anything more “not broken” than delicious chocolate cookies?

Not in my book!

It’s always a good time to have a chocolate cookie.

That’s what I love about recipes like this – they’re genuine crowd pleasers.

Most people have seen chocolate crinkle cookies before, and just as many have probably tried them too, but not everyone knows how to make them. These cookies are so classic that there’s typically no shortage of them around…  until there is.

Until you can’t find a single crinkle cookie in the grocery store bakery and you decide right there by the fresh baked bread that you’re taking matters into your own hands and making a batch as soon as you get home.

Because even if you’re only a crowd of one you still need to be pleased and it’s always a good time for a chocolate cookie.

So I had to make a batch.

You know, “for the sake of the blog.”

That’s totally a real thing.

Easy chocolate crinkle cookies using cocoa powder.

I do have one small confession to make: it’s been so long since I had a crinkle cookie that I actually forgot what they tasted like. I mean they’re chocolate, yes, and they’re a cookie, sure, but what the name doesn’t tell you is that these little gems are like brownie cookies, and it’s is exactly as awesome as it sounds. They’re not as thick or moist as a brownie, but the inside is just as light, flavorful, and crumbly. They really are the best of both worlds.

Plus, these cookies made for the perfect snack while I blew off my house chores and caught up on the past few weeks of my fall shows. Because I do have to thoroughly taste test each recipe before I share them with you. You know, “for the sake of the blog.”


Totally a thing.

Chewy chocolate crinkle cookies.

Do you have to chill the dough?

This particular recipe calls for chilling the cookie dough for a minimum of one hour (or ideally up to eight hours).

I know it can be frustrating to put your baking on hold, but when it comes to cookies, chilling the dough is totally worth the impact it as on your baking.

If you’re curious about the purpose (and benefits!) of doing this, check out this article: Chilling Cookie Dough: Does it Make a Difference?

What can you substitute for vegetable oil?

Since posting this recipe, many readers have asked if there’s a substitute for the vegetable oil.

I’ve only ever made these crinkle cookies with vegetable oil, so I don’t have any personal experience with this, but you can check out these articles for some guidance: Can I Substitute Butter for Vegetable Oil in Cake Mix? and How to Substitute Coconut Oil for Vegetable Oil.

Can you freeze the baked chocolate crinkle cookies?

Yes, these cookies freeze very well.

For best results, store the cookies in a single layer in an air-tight container. If you need to stack the cookies, separate the layers with wax paper.

Cookies can be frozen for up to three months.

Can you freeze the cookie dough?

Like the baked cookies, this cookie dough also freezes well.

Before freezing, measure and roll the cookie dough into balls and freeze them on a baking sheet. Once frozen solid, you can transfer them to an air-tight container or a freezer bag.

When ready to make, remove the cookie balls and let thaw on the counter for 30 minutes. From there, just roll the balls in powdered sugar and bake like normal.

And also like the baked cookies, the cookie dough can be frozen for up to three months.

Notes & tips for this crinkle cookie recipe

  • If you’re doing a lot of baking, I highly recommend having some silicone baking mats or silicone baking mats on hand. Baking cookies takes enough time without having to cut or measure parchment paper. Or if you prefer using parchment paper, you can try using pre-cut parchment paper sheets instead.
  • Plus, some quality baking sheets are a must for a cookie baking extravaganza!
  • For this recipe, I highly recommend using a stand mixer or a hand mixer. This recipe would be difficult to make by hand with a whisk.
  • Other readers have said they had issues with the cookies going flat. Before baking, be sure to check out this article – it could be a big help! One Reason Cookies Spread.

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Recipe Details

Classic Chocolate Crinkle Cookies! Chocolate cookies rolled in powdered sugar and baked to light & crumbly perfection. They're the perfect combination of brownies and crinkle cookies! |
3.93 from 27 votes

Classic Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

10 mins prep + 10 mins cook + 1 hr Chilling Time
153 kcal
Yields: 22 cookies
Chocolate cookies rolled in powdered sugar and baked to light & crumbly perfection. They're the perfect combination of brownies and crinkle cookies!


  • In a medium bowl, sift together cocoa powder, granulated sugar, flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  • Using a stand mixer (or hand mixer + large bowl), add vegetable oil, eggs, and vanilla extract. Mix on low just long enough to break the egg yolks, about 10-15 seconds.
  • Keeping speed on low, pour in 1/3 of the dry ingredients to the mixing bowl, blending for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Continue adding the rest of the dry ingredients until cookie batter is thoroughly mixed. Batter will be dark and sticky.
  • Cover and chill cookie dough for at least 1 hour, ideally 4 hours, or up to overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place powdered sugar in a shallow bowl and keep it handy for the next step.
  • Scoop 1-2 tablespoons of cookie dough and roll it into a ball. Drop ball in powdered sugar and toss to coat completely. Place sugar coated cookie ball in the prepared baking sheet. Repeat this step until all the cookie dough batter is used, spacing cookies 2 inches apart.
  • Bake cookies for 10-13 minutes or until tops of cookies are lined with cracks (as pictured).
  • Let cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
  • Store cookies in a sealed container at room temperature for up to 4 days.


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 153kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 36mg | Potassium: 107mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 30IU | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 0.9mg

I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I'm not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.

Author: Chrisy

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Recipe Rating


    • Lindsey | Lou Lou Biscuit
    • 5 stars

    These are just so gorgeous! Thanks for bringing me (temporarily) out of a pumpkin spice overload 😉

    • Vanessa-toutm
    • 4 stars

    I really need this cookies, love so much chocolate ^^

    • Katalina @ Peas & Peonies
    • 4 stars

    I always wanted to try my ands on crinkled cookies, and this must be the recipe I will try! Love their rustic look! Pinned!

    • Renee @ The Good Hearted Woman
    • 4 stars

    One of my all-time favorite cookies! And you are 100% correct – it’s Always a good time ot have a chocolate cookie!

    • Glad someone understands 😀 Thanks Renee!

    • Dia
    • 5 stars

    I am not into the pumpkin flavor so it is nice to see a yummy recipe that doesn’t have “pumpkin” in the title. These look so good!

    • I know what you mean Dia 😀 Thanks!

    • The Southern Thing
    • 5 stars

    These look so good! I love desserts with powdered sugar!

    • Levan @ Crazy Vegan Kitchen
    • 4 stars

    OMG, yes, Crinkle Cookies are the BOMB!! I need this in my life now. No seriously, I’m hungry RIGHT NOW and could do with some cookies! Yum!

    • Kiano | Culinary Inspiration
    • 5 stars

    Yay the Holiday season is here! Nothing makes it feel more official than Crinkle Cookies

    • Sabrina @ Dinner, then Dessert
    • 4 stars

    I love that, haha. “for the sake of the blog” I do that too sometimes… oh I need to make Oreo cookie butter “for the blog” and not for breakfast/lunch/dinner/every moment in between, haha. These cookies look AMAZING by the way, I kind of need one in my life now that I saw these amazing pictures.

    • Thanks Sabrina! I know you’re with me on all the “food blog struggles” 😀

    • Kelly // The Pretty Bee: Allergy Friendly Eats
    • 4 stars

    This is my favorite cookie! I make a version every year. These photos are just gorgeous!

    • Jane
    • 5 stars

    I’m with you on the classics, all the new and decadent dessert are amazing and delicious but sometimes you just need a good ol chocolate cookie! These look simply delicious.

    • Christine | Vermilion Roots
    • 4 stars

    I bet these are dangerously addictive.

    • Katy
    • 4 stars

    This is perfect for my housewarming party this weekend! I’m going with a black and white theme and this looks perfect!

    • That does sound perfect! I hope they turn out great 😀

    • Mary
    • 4 stars

    It’s *so* rough sometimes to be a food blogger and having to make and sample stuff like this 😉 In all seriousness, these look great. I love chocolate crinkle cookies, but I’ve somehow never made them. I guess I’ll *have* to now

    • Thanks Mary! And indeed – gotta love those “food blogger problems” 😀

    • Becky @ Disney in your Day
    • 4 stars

    Oh goodness, I don’t think I’ve had a crinkle cookie in quite awhile either! They sound so good!

    • Thank you Becky! These cookies are definitely worth a revisit 😀

    • Alisa Fleming
    • 4 stars

    Oh my goodness Chrisy, these look absolutely stunning! I can’t believe the perfection of the crackle and that tender looking middle. I could just reach out and grab one now!

    • Jamie | The Kitchenarium
    • 4 stars

    Great photos! These are one of my favorite cookies on the holiday treat platter.

    • Candy Kage
    • 4 stars

    Always good to return to the old recipies we love. I like to add peppermint for a added bonus sometime. For the sake of the blog!

    • I love the idea of adding peppermint!

        • carrie s grosse
        • 5 stars

        I have made these a few times, and they are delicious. My families new favorite. It is very important to chill the dough. I found if you just drop a tablespoon full of dough in the powdered sugar, it is easier to make them into balls. Also if you do not have parchment paper just line your cookie sheet with foil and lightly spray with oil.
        Thank you for a yummy recipe.