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Chocolate Crinkle Cookies {My Fave}

For as long as I can remember, I’ve equated these chocolate crinkle cookies with Christmas. My mom baked dozens upon dozens of Christmas cookies each holiday season, but chocolate crinkles were the cookie I looked forward to the most.

Fresh from the oven with a crispy, crackled outside and a chewy, rich and chocolatey inside or days later with a cold glass of milk, they’re guaranteed to please!

The chocolate crinkle cookie recipe is super simple to make, but as with all simple recipes, it’s important to use top quality ingredients for the best results whenever you can. Real vanilla extract and Scharffen Berger Chocolate are pantry staples for me, but if nothing else, simply use the best quality you can afford.

Outside of the ingredients, the most important step in making chocolate crinkles is to make sure your dough is thoroughly chilled. When it’s first mixed up, it will still be fairly runny, but after a few hours in the refrigerator it will be the perfect consistency to form into balls for baking. Be sure to chill the dough in between batches for consistent results.

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Yield: Approximately 6 dozen cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes


  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 squares of unsweetened chocolate (4 oz.), melted
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar


  1. Mix together the vegetable oil, melted chocolate, and granulated sugar. Add egg one at a time until blended well. Add vanilla extract.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, and salt. Slowly add to chocolate mixture until thoroughly mixed, and chill overnight (or for at least 2 hours).
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Form dough into teaspoon size balls and roll in confectioners’ sugar. Place balls on a greased cookie sheet, about 2” apart, and bake for 10-12 minutes.

How much did you LOVE this recipe?

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Quick Tip: I love using Silpat non-stick mats to line my baking pans rather than greasing them. My cookies are guaranteed not to stick, and they make cleanup a breeze!

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Sunday 4th of November 2012

My sister and I still make these with our mom every Christmas. We've started getting our kids involved now. And I agree with Tara - they're the best cookies ever!

Lisa M

Monday 12th of December 2011

I make these every year for Christmas. I have a friend who asks me to make a batch just for her eash year as a gift! Can't imagine a Christmas without them!


Thursday 1st of December 2011

Thanks, I bet my son would love these!


Tuesday 29th of November 2011

These are some of my favorite cookies from childhood also, but I never knew what to call them to look up the recipe as an adult. Thank you I will be adding this to my Christmas cookie platters for this year. Maybe even a double batch!

Chris L.

Wednesday 23rd of November 2011

Yum! Can't wait to try these! Thanks.