Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Soft and chewy chocolate crinkles perfect for the holidays. This chocolate crinkle recipe makes cookies that are fudgy on the inside and crisp on the outside.

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
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Prep Time: 1 hour and 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour and 30 minutes

Origin of the dish

Chocolate Crinkle Cookie is one of the famous holiday staples. It has been served in holiday table for a long time. This sweet cute-named cookies are just so easy and quick to bake. This is just a mixture of all-purpose flour, cocoa powder, salt, sugar, vanilla extract and vegetable oil. Chilled covered in the fridge for at least 2 hours or in the freezer for just 45 minutes. Rolled into a ball and coated with powdered sugar and ready to bake. By its ingredients and taste you can compare this to a brownie, it’s just that crinkle is in a form of cookies.

Chocolate Crinkles Cookies were first baked by Helen Fredell in St. Paul Minnesota in the early 20th century. And the first cookbook ever published this recipe was Crocker’s Book names “Cooky Carnival”. Crocker shared abut being served with Chocolate Crinkles Cookies at Mrs. Fredells’s home and she shared that she begged Mrs. Fredell for the recipe. Thankfully she did, and now we are enjoying every bite of this recipe.

When is it typically served?

Chocolate crinkle cookies is typically served as a dessert or a staple during the holidays. Because of its sweet crunchy outside with a fudgy bite on the inside many people, specially kids fell In love with this cookies and eat them commonly as snacks. It is also most common during Holidays like Christmas, New Year or Thanksgiving.

Kitchen Utensils you need!

You will be needing the following kitchen tools and equipment in making this delightful Chocolate Crinkle Cookies:

  • Mixing bowl
  • Spatula
  • Measuring spoons/cups
  • Oven
  • Baking pan
  • Parchment paper
  • Small bowl

Chocolate Crinkle Cookie’s Primary Ingredients – Powdered sugar, All-purpose flour, Cocoa powder, Salt, Baking powder, Sugar and Vegetable oil.

All ingredients mentioned above are the primary ingredients in making chocolate crinkle cookies, since you cannot make a perfect crinkle with a missing ingredient or even just one. Powdered sugar is used to coat the chocolate mixture which is made of the rest of the ingredients. And it is important to use a fresh baking powder as much as possible since this is the ingredient that creates those puffy cracks!

Interesting Facts

  • The crinkle cookies got its name from the form itself. As the cookie forms while baking it crinkles and cracks. Where it got its cute name.
  • Over 95% of U.S. households consume cookies.
  • The first and oldest known cookie is Pizelles which originated in Italy.

Tips and Tricks

  • If you want to prevent your powdered sugar from melting while its not in the oven yet, try rolling a thin layer of granulated sugar first before coating it with powdered sugar.
  • If you want your crinkles to get a perfect crack, you may try using both baking powder and baking soda.
  • Bake one sheet at a time. Since the hottest part of the oven is at the top. If you bake two sheets at the same time the upper sheet blocks the heat which does not help the cookies in the lower part to crinkle or spread more.


  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder


  1. In a mixing bowl, mix together the eggs, vegetable oil, vanilla extract and sugar. Mix well.

    Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
  2. Then sift in the all-purpose flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking powder. Give a good sift and mix together until well combined. Cover and keep in a freezer for 1 hour.

    Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
  3. Using a spoon with plastic, scoop a spoonful of the mixture and coat in powdered sugar. Roll to form a ball. Repeat process for the remaining mixture.

    Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
  4. Put in a baking pan with parchment paper. Bake for 170 degree C for 15 minutes.

    Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Now try baking this traditional holiday cookies with a perfect crunch on the outside and a soft bite on the inside. You will surely make your holiday even more special with the presence of this sweet and as fudgy as brownies dessert. Expect the excitement on your kids’ faces. This will always be perfect for Christmas table or just a good snack on a regular day.