These chocolate crinkle cookies are easy to make and bake up with crackly tops. Plus, you can make the dough ahead of time and freeze it so you can have fresh baked crinkle cookies whenever you get a craving.
Lately, I’ve seen a lot of recipes for chocolate crinkle cookies. With the light dusting of powdered sugar, these cookies look like a great winter treat. I finally settled on a recipe from Brownies for Dinner. Her recipe only needed cocoa powder whereas a lot of the recipes call for melting chocolate as well. Since I didn’t have a lot of time, I wanted the simplest recipe possible. I really love easy cookie recipes like my 30-Second Chocolate Cookies so I’m always happy to try a new recipe.
Instead of making small chocolate crinkle cookies I made giant ones, which means there’s just more chocolate goodness in every cookie.
These crinkle cookies are great year-round but especially during the holiday season because you can make the dough ahead and freeze it. If you want more holiday cookie ideas be sure to check out my Christmas Cookies for the Holidays post with all of my favorite cookie recipes.
What are crinkle cookies?
Crinkle cookies are a type of cookie that have cracked tops. They are sometimes called crackle cookies, too. Most often the cookies are rolled in powdered sugar before they baked so when they puff up and crack it creates a nice contrast between the cookie and the sugar coating.
- Unsalted butter
- Unsweetened cocoa powder
- Baking powder
- Powdered sugar
How to Make Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
- Combine the butter, sugar and eggs in a bowl. Add the oil and stir to combine.
- Combine the cocoa powder, baking powder, salt and flour in a separate bowl. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ones and stir to combine.
- Refrigerate the dough for at least an hour. This will make it easier to handle the dough.
- For large crinkle cookies, scoop a tablespoon of dough and roll it into a ball. For smaller cookies, scoop a teaspoon of dough.
- Roll the cookie dough balls in the powdered sugar and place them on a baking sheet. Bake the cookies for 12 to 15 minutes.
How to Store Crinkle Cookies
Crinkle cookies will keep well at room temperature for three to four days. Just keep them in an airtight container.
How to Freeze Crinkle Cookie Dough
Sometimes it’s nice to make cookie dough ahead of time especially during the holidays. You can make the dough for these crinkle cookies, roll it into balls and freeze the balls on a baking sheet until firm. Transfer them in an airtight container and keep it in the freezer for up to two months.
When you’re ready to bake the cookies, thaw them at room temperature, roll them in the sugar and bake following the instructions in the recipe.
Giant Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter melted
- 2 cups sugar
- 4 eggs
- 4 tbsp oil
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- powdered sugar for rolling
- Preheat oven to 300°F.
- In a large bowl, combine the butter with the sugar. Add the eggs and mix well until combined. Add the oil and stir to combine.
- In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Add the flour mixture to the wet ones and stir until combined. Chill the dough in the refrigerator for an hour which will make it easier to handle.
- If you want giant cookies like mine, form the dough into 1" balls. If you want smaller cookies, use about a teaspoon of dough to form the balls. Roll each ball in the powdered sugar and place the balls on a baking sheet spaced about 2 inches apart.
- Bake the cookies for 12-15 minutes. The cookies will spread a lot as they bake. Cool the cookies on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a baking rack to cool completely. Store the cookies in an airtight container.
- If you want to freeze the cookie dough to bake later you can make the cookie dough balls and place them on a sheet pan. Freeze them on the sheet pan and, once frozen, transfer the balls to an airtight container.
- When you are ready to bake the cookies, thaw the dough balls at room temperature. This will only take 15 to 20 minutes. Roll the dough balls in the powdered sugar and bake for 12 to 15 minutes.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.