Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

If presented with a tray of cookies at Christmastime, chocolate crinkle cookies are one of the first that I will reach for. (The other is shortbread!) The dusting of powdered sugar which looks so much like snow always makes me think of winter and the holidays.

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Chocolate Crinkle Cookies have to be one of the prettiest cookies at the holidays. Growing up in western Canada, snow was always on the ground at Christmastime without fail, and the look of chocolate crinkle cookies with their snowy appearance just screams “winter treat” to me. 

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies in progress - a bowl of dough with an ice cream scoop, a bowl of powdered sugar and some cookies on a baking sheet.

They are a fun cookie to make because they go into the oven looking one way (like well crafted snowballs), but come out of the oven looking completely different. The dough is soft and tender and melts in the oven, flattening into a beautiful treat. Making these treats is easy. You just need to beat the dough together and then heed my advice to let the dough chill for at least an hour – it’s much easier to work with cool dough than with room temperature dough. 

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Unbaked cookies on a parchment lined baking sheet.

Roll the dough into balls and then coat each ball in the sugar mix and space them out properly on the cookie sheet.

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Chocolate Crinkle Cookies fully baked on a parchment lined baking sheet.

When they come out of the oven, the powdered sugar coating will have cracked to expose the delicious soft chocolate cookie. Let them rest on the baking sheet for a few minutes before you try to transfer them to a cooling rack.

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Chocolate Crinkle Cookies cooling on a cooling rack.

Then, just try to keep your hands off them as they cool completely. Well… maybe you can try just one (no-one will notice, will they?).

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Chocolate Crinkle Cookies on a marble tray with napkins and a glass of milk.

The winter-y appearance of these cookies makes them a perfect treat to leave out for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. The only question is … how many would Santa like to enjoy?

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

  • Prep Time: 10 m
  • Cook Time: 12 m
  • Total Time: 22 m
  • Servings:


  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar


  1. Combine the granulated sugar, brown sugar and vegetable oil in a large bowl. Stir in the cocoa powder, add the eggs and vanilla extract and beat until all the ingredients are combined.
  2. In separate bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder and salt until combined. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the sugar mixture and stir until a soft dough comes together. Cover and refrigerate the dough for at least 1 hour or overnight.
  3. Pre-heat the oven to 350°F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  4. Whisk the powdered sugar and 2 tablespoons granulated sugar together in a bowl. Scoop rounded tablespoons of the cookie dough and roll each scoop of the chilled dough into a ball. Then roll the balls in the powdered sugar mixture and place them on the cookie sheets, 2-inches apart from each other.
  5. Transfer the cookie sheets to the oven and bake the cookies at 350°F for 10 to 12 minutes. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes and then transfer them to cooling rack to cool completely.
  6. Store the chocolate crinkle cookies in an airtight container for up to two weeks.
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  1. 5 stars
    I’ve mad them and they are delicious. I will be making them aging real soon. Thank you Meredith, you are the greatest.

  2. 5 stars
    I made these with added chopped cherries. They were voted #1 by all my grandchildren (and the rest of us). They are a truly beautiful cookie!

    1. Ha! I wouldn’t be able to leave them around! Yes, you can freeze them as balls and then let them defrost for 20-30 minutes on the cookie sheet before baking. They may take a minute or two longer to bake.

  3. I made these but something didn’t work. They are still pretty much round, dry as can be and don’t have a great taste. Not sure what I did wrong?

    1. Hi Sande. I’m not sure what went wrong for you. The dough for these cookies is actually pretty wet from the start, so perhaps you mis-measured or left an ingredient out by accident? The flavor could only be affected by the oil and the cocoa powder – everything else is pretty standard. There is a chance your oil might have turned or the cocoa powder is just not one that you like the flavor of. I wish I had a better answer for you, but without actually being there, it’s hard for me to say. Hope you try again.

  4. 2 stars
    I just finished baking these. They may be delicious, but what a mess to make. I had them in the refrigerator for 24 hours, but still not easy to make into balls. I’ve read and re-read the receipe, and I did everything right. They just didn’t set up. Sorry…. I know they taste so good!!!

    1. Sorry you had trouble, Susan. They do have a sticky batter and take a little patience to roll, but it pays off. Try freezing the batter a little next time, or wet (yes, with water) your hands before you try to roll the dough. The dough won’t stick to a wet surface.

  5. My new favorite Christmas cookie! I’m embarrassed to admit how many batches I’ve made of these since I discovered the recipe a few weeks ago. Delicious!

  6. Big yum on these! I did cut the amount of confectioners sugar down to 1/4 cup and granulated down to 1 tablespoon, seemed less messy that way.

  7. 5 stars
    We made these for Christmas instead of our usual cut out recipe. They were very good, to me they tasted like a brownie in a cookie shape. Will be doing these again.

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