Reader’s Recipes: Chocolate Crinkles

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Chocolate Crinkle holiday cookie recipe

Reader’s Recipes: Chocolate Crinkles  ~ these chocolatey cookies are easy to make, not too sweet, and absolutely gorgeous (who can resist those crackles?)   They keep well and travel well, too, so, basically, they ‘re the perfect holiday cookie!

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Hi all — welcome to my Reader’s Recipes series of holiday cookies. I’m going to be sharing YOUR family recipes here every Saturday from now until the New Year. Thanks to all of you who’ve sent in recipes for me to try!

Today’s delicious Chocolate Crinkles recipe was sent in by Julie.  She says simply that it’s her family’s favorite cookie.  I can see why.  They were a breeze to make and even though I halved her recipe, I still ate far too many for my own good.  And did I mention they taste like brownies?  They do.  So here we go, another tried and true winner from one of you — I’m enjoying this — I hope you are too 🙂

A stack of Chocolate Crinkles cookies --- an easy recipe for brownie'like cookies with distinctive white crackles

I think holiday cookies need to be visually compelling in some way.  That makes them festive and fun, and worthy of the celebrations.  And for me, the test of a great crackle cookie  is…well, in the crackles!  The contrast of the powdered sugar needs to hold sharp during and after baking.  Sometimes they can fade or get less distinct, but not with this recipe.  This one passes the test with flying colors!

Chocolatey Crinkle Cookies taste like brownies!

The texture is soft and chewy, and the flavor is pure brownie…let’s just say they’re irresistible.

Classic Chocolate Crinkle holiday cookie recipe

This dough gets extra credit for being able to rest in the fridge overnight…which is perfect for busy schedules.  The dough didn’t harden, either, so you can easily scoop, coat, and bake them up without any waiting.   That’s just priceless during hectic holiday weeks.

Rolling Chocolate Crinkle Cookies in powdered sugar before baking

The dough is somewhat sticky, and that helps it grab the powdered sugar — be sure to coat them extra well — that’s what makes the crinkles.

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies ready to bake

Chocolate Crinkle holiday cookie recipe

notes ~

  • I halved the recipe and it worked perfectly.
  • Vary the recipe by adding a teaspoon or two of espresso powder for Mocha Crinkles.
  • Keeping the dough chilled makes it less sticky, and also helps maintain the bright white crackle look to the cookies.  I put the dough back in the fridge between batches.
  • Make sure to coat the little balls of dough liberally with the powdered sugar.
  • I used my 1″ cookie scoop and the cookies baked in 10 minutes for me.  They’ll look puffy and slightly underdone, but will flatten and firm and they cool.

Thanks for sharing this great cookie with us Julie~

Chocolate Crinkle holiday cookie recipe
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3.67 from 3 votes

Mocha Crinkles

Author Sue Moran


  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 oz unsweetened baking chocolate melted, cooled
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar


  • In large bowl, mix oil, chocolate, granulated sugar and vanilla. Stir in eggs, one at a time. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt. Cover; refrigerate at least 3 hours or overnight.
  • Heat oven to 350°F. Grease cookie sheet with shortening or cooking spray.
  • Drop dough by teaspoonfuls into powdered sugar; roll around to coat and shape into balls. Place about 2 inches apart on cookie sheets.
  • Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until almost no imprint remains when touched lightly in center. Immediately remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks.
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    October 27, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    These cookies always anaze me. You’s are absolutely perfect in their crinkly beauty. GREG

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    October 26, 2015 at 9:38 am

    I’ve always loved the look of chocolate crinkles but have never made them! Hopefully, this holiday season.

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    Aan het strand van Oostende
    October 26, 2015 at 5:37 am

    Hi, These came out really well! Really yummy and delicious! I will definitely make these again for my kids. Thanks a lot for sharing this recipe. 🙂

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    October 25, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    Oh I love crinkle cookies…..and these look perfectly baked!

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      October 25, 2015 at 7:59 pm

      Thanks Cheri — that’s the nice thing about asking people for their favorite cookies, they always turn out perfect!

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    Chris Scheuer
    October 25, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    These are so fun Sue. I’m a huge sucker for crinkley cookies. Somehow those cracks and crevices translate to deliciousness in my book! Pinning for the coming holidays!

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    [email protected] is How I Cook
    October 24, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    One of my faves, for sure. Cookies like this are just begging to be eaten!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    October 24, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    I love chocolate crinkles and I could go for one (or that entire stack!) now :).

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    October 24, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    What a great idea, for you to share other people’s cookie recipes. I’ve always wanted to make these, and you have certainly inspired me to do so.

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      October 25, 2015 at 8:13 am

      Thanks Debby — I haven’t made them either — It’s funny how many of the classics I haven’t made, I’m glad for the education 🙂

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    October 24, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    Such a fun idea, Sue. I’ve made these, or some version of them…think they are delicious. I have lots of favorite recipes, but entered the one that my kids still ask for every Christmas.
    Can’t wait to see your pumpkin shortbread recipe…I didn’t plan on making them, had saved the Libby’s recipe and had 1/2 cup of pumpkin left in the fridge and thought, why not? Easy recipe and I love shortbreads when they’re not too sweet.

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    October 24, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    These have been on my list – my whole life! I’ve always wanted to make and try these beautiful cookies. Your crinkles look wonderful! This is a beautiful cookie and a fabulous choice to add to your reader-favorite project. Great, great, great shots! Sharing and pinning 🙂

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    October 24, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    I’ve always wanted to try excuses anymore!
    Loveee that bee paper..

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    October 24, 2015 at 11:11 am

    I’ve tried cookies like these before, I think they were Martha Stewart’s, and the crackling was really disappointing, I really want to try these!

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      October 24, 2015 at 12:04 pm

      I’ve had trouble with other recipes occasionally too, Shaun. This one works really well, happily 🙂

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    October 24, 2015 at 11:01 am

    These have the perfect crackle-effect! Love that they taste like brownies, too!

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      October 24, 2015 at 11:07 am

      The crackles came out great, wish you could taste one!

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    October 24, 2015 at 10:27 am

    They look delicious. They’re very similar to a recipe I’ve made for many years but I roll them in regular sugar, which gives them a little sparkle, but the confectioners sugar makes them look especially Christmasy! I’ll have to try that.

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      October 24, 2015 at 11:08 am

      I saw one recipe that rolled them in regular sugar and THEN in the confectioner’s sugar — I think that would be going too far 😉

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        Lisa Rutledge
        October 25, 2015 at 8:48 am

        Noooo, regular sugar then confectioner’s sugar is the key! It doesn’t make it too sugary, it just gives it a more cohesive crackle base. I use the recipe from ATK and they are the bomb!

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          October 25, 2015 at 10:35 am

          I’ll definitely give that a try the next time Lisa 🙂