These melt in your mouth Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are perfect for the holiday season! Not only are they good for Christmas, but it’s a great recipe for any time of the year!
If you’re looking to add to your Christmas cookie trays, check out these Chocolate Crinkle Cookies! Perfectly soft and delicious!
Sometimes the problem with “working ahead” is the fact that I have too many recipes/photos/posts to choose from. Case in point- this evening I was looking through photos for these cookies, peanut butter cookies, and a strawberry jam coffee cake, trying to decide which one I was going to write up first.
Jonathan was running around, being his usual lunatic toddler self, playing his favorite game of “bring canned goods from the pantry into the living room, accumulate a pile, then take them all back.” We have learned to arrange the pantry so that only unbreakables are located on the bottom two shelves/can rack- it took a glass jar of spinach dip, a glass jar of olives and a cracked bottle of hot sauce for us to get this cemented in our brains. Bottom line is, its a pretty safe way for him to wear himself out and practice his stacking, so its kind of a “peripheral vision” activity.
Out of the corner of my eye, I caught him pushing a container across the tile floor. For 1.5 seconds, I didn’t think anything of it. Then I noticed it was my Sam’s Club sized container of cocoa. Then .03 seconds after that, the bottom of the container hit the edge of family room rug and tipped over. I’ll let you guess for yourselves whether the lid stayed on, or whether Jonathan crushed the side of the container and popped the lid off.
Fun fact: it is not easy to vacuum cocoa powder out of a thick, IVORY shag rug.
I figured the universe was telling me to write about chocolate crinkle cookies. Also, the universe is kind of a jerk.
If you’ve never had the pleasure of biting into one of these, you are in for a treat. Growing up, a deli by my house used to make chocolate crinkle cookies just like these, and I LOVED them!
Isn’t it so funny how certain foods from your childhood just stick into your mind like that? Imagine biting into a fudgy brownie, but it was bite sized with powdered sugar on top. Aaaaand that it was a cookie. That’s pretty much the experience here.
I found this recipe on Allrecipes and thought that I would give it a go. It didn’t disappoint.
So the cocoa spot is still somewhat there, but I’m scared to put liquid on it! So if anyone has any tips for me on effectively getting it all up (other than Spot Shot carpet cleaner, which is about the best thing ever) without staining it, I would sure love to hear them!
But onto these Chocolate Crinkle Cookies! First you will need to beat together the cocoa powder, sugar, and oil with the mixer on medium speed. Next, one at a time, beat in the eggs and vanilla.
Then sprinkle the baking powder and salt over the mixture and stir in. Add in the flour and mix together until evenly combined. Don’t worry it your dough is thin, it will look too thin to be cookie dough.
Once everything is combined, divide the dough in half. Place each half on a plate, flatten out to about 2″ thickness, and put them both in the freezer for one hour.
While your dough is in the freezer, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Then either spray two baking sheets with nonstick spray, cover the sheets with parchment paper, or use a silicone mat to line them.
Next, spread the remaining confectioner’s sugar on a plate. Using spoons or a cookie scoop, roll the dough into balls about 1 inch in size and roll them in the powdered sugar. The cookies should be completely coated! Place the dough on the prepared cookie sheets spaced 2 inches apart.
Bake the cookies in the preheated oven for 10 – 12 minutes, and allow to stand on the cookie sheets for another 3 – 4 minutes after coming out of the oven. Transfer to a wire rack to cool, and you’re done!
If you liked this Chocolate Crinkle Cookie recipe, check out these other delicious cookie recipes:
- Perfect Christmas Almond Spritz Cookies
- Rice Krispies Treats Christmas Cookie Cutouts
- Sprinkle Cookies
- Classic Christmas Sugar Cookies
Tools that might help you to make these soft Chocolate Crinkle Cookies:
- I absolutely love my KitchenAid stand mixer, but you could definitely use a hand mixer as well.
- To help make clean up a little easier, I always use either parchment paper or silicone baking mats to line my baking sheets.
- A cookie scoop helps to make sure your cookies are all uniform in size.
- Cooling racks are going to helpful for not only this recipe, but lots of other cookies recipes too.
Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
- 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 cups white sugar
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 4 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
- In the bowl of a stand mixture. beat together the cocoa powder, sugar, and oil with the mixture on medium speed.
- Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Add in the vanilla.
- Sprinkle the baking powder and salt over the mixture and stir in. Then add in the flour and stir together until evenly combined.
- Divide the dough in half. Place each half on a plate, flatten out to about 2" thickness, and put it in the freezer for about 45-60 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 350F and spray 2-3 cookie sheets generously with nonstick spray.
- Spread 3/4 cup confectioner's sugar on a plate. Using spoons or a cookie scoop, roll the dough into 1" balls and roll them in the powdered sugar. Place them on the prepared cookie sheets spaced 2" apart.
- Re-roll any of the early cookies that have cookie showing through- you want the cookies to be completely coated.
- Bake the cookies 10-12 minutes, and allow to stand on the cookie sheets for another 3-4 minutes after coming out of the oven. Let cool on racks to cool.
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Stacey @ Bake Eat Repeat says
Ugh, that’s awful! Of course it would be cocoa powder and a white rug!! Always the way, those spills never happen on a tile floor! These cookies look amazing, so fudgy!
Go Go Go Gourmet says
I think theres a conspiracy- either the dog, the cat, my husband or my son can ever do me a solid and make their messes on the tile or wood!
Thalia @ butter and brioche says
Love a classic crinkle cookie.. these look awesome!
Go Go Go Gourmet says
Thanks Thalia- a grand compliment coming from you, the queen of Vogue pastry pictures!
Trisha - The Lazy Mom says
These look so yummy! I need a little bit more chocolate in my life. And about the rug…my sympathies. Cocoa is just about the worst thing to get up out of textiles!
Go Go Go Gourmet says
Thanks, they definitely hit the spot when you need a chocolate fix. The cocoa remains in the carpet. I am still too scared to put carpet cleaner on it, with the fear that the cocoa will morph into liquid chocolate, turn darker, and never come out :-/ Any suggestions from your experience?