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This Chocolate Crinkle Cookies recipe (aka Chocolate Crackle Cookies) makes cookies that are thick and chewy like a brownie with rich chocolate flavor, and crispy outside with a powdered sugar crackle top. The best part is, this easy recipe is foolproof!

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Leaving a plate of cookies for Santa is one of those happy childhood memories that so many of us share. In my house it was usually frosted and sprinkle-decorated Christmas cutout cookies, a glass of milk, and a couple carrots for the reindeer.

Not only are these Chocolate Crackle Cookies a great cookie to leave out for Santa, but they’re a favorite of adults and kiddos alike!

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These cookies have deep, rich chocolate flavor and a chewy brownie texture. They’re crisp outside and coated in powdered sugar to get the perfect crackled look. I love the contrast between the dark chocolate inside and the white powdered sugar outside – it reminds me of a Christmas snowfall.

This crackle cookie recipe is foolproof, just make sure to read it through in advance and don’t skip the chill time!

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • These cookies are completely decadent. They’re rich and chewy with a crackled top and a brownie-like texture thanks to using oil instead of butter as the fat.
  • This is a no-fail recipe. You’ll get thick cookies with a crinkle top every single time! The trick to this is to chill the dough.
  • The crackle on these cookies is gorgeous. And our secret to this is simple: double roll the dough balls in powdered sugar!

The Best Chocolate Crinkle Cookies Recipe

Ingredients

Ingredients Explained

In this section I explain the ingredients and give substitution ideas where applicable. For the full recipe (including the ingredient amounts), see the recipe card below.

crackle cookie ingredients
  • All-purpose flour – this is the base for our cookie dough
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder – use natural (not Dutch-processed) cocoa powder here
  • Baking powder – this is our leavening agent for these cookies
  • Salt – to balance the flavor profile and enhance the flavor of everything else
  • Instant espresso powder – the slight flavor of coffee from using a tiny amount of instant espresso powder pulls out the nuanced flavor notes of chocolate, but doesn’t actually taste like coffee in these cookies
  • Egg – this acts as a binder and helps the cookie dough come together
  • Vegetable oil – in this recipe we use oil instead of butter as the fat to get a more chewy brownie-like texture
  • Granulated sugar – this is our main sweetener for these cookies
  • Light brown sugar – we use just a touch of brown sugar for caramel-like molasses notes
  • Vanilla extract – this helps enhance the flavor nuances in chocolate
  • Chocolate chips – for bursts of deep chocolate flavor
  • Powdered sugar – rolling the cookie dough balls in powdered sugar before baking is what causes the crackle tops

Step by Step Instructions

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  1. Whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, and instant espresso powder together in a medium bowl.
  2. Add the egg, oil, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla to a large bowl. Use a handheld electric mixer to beat until combined.
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet, and beat just until incorporated.
  4. The batter will look wet at this point.
  5. Stir in the chocolate chips. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill for 45 minutes in the freezer or 4 hours in the fridge.
  6. Preheat the oven to 350F. Line a large baking tray with parchment paper or a silpat liner. Put the powdered sugar into a shallow bowl. Use a 1.5-tablespoon scoop to measure out the dough. Roll the measured dough into balls, and then roll each ball in powdered sugar. Once you’re done rolling all the dough balls once in the powdered sugar, roll them each a second time.
  7. Arrange the dough balls on the prepared baking tray.
  8. Bake for 10 minutes. Let the cookies cool for 15 minutes on the tray before removing.

Storage

You can store these cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days or in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

To make ahead, you can make the cookie dough and keep it covered in the fridge for up to 3 days before baking the cookies.

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Pro Tip

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Prior to chilling, Chocolate Crinkle Cookie dough is very soft. Don’t be tempted to add more flour; the dough should be on the soft side so the cookies are chewy. After chilling, the dough will be the right consistency to bake.

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FAQs

Do I Have to Chill Cookie Dough for Crackle Cookies?

Yes! While it chills, the cookie dough stiffens to the consistency that we need for baking.

How Do You Get a Crinkle Top on Cookies?

The sugar coating helps create a beautiful crinkle cookie top! Don’t skip the second rolling for best results.

Also, check your baking powder to make sure it’s fresh. If your leavening agent doesn’t work, it won’t puff the cookies the way we need it to for the crackle.

One last tip, make sure that your oven is at the right temperature. It needs to be hot enough for the cookies to crinkle!

Can I Double This Chocolate Crinkle Cookies Recipe?

Yes! This recipe is very easy to double, triple, or even quadruple.

Note that if you make a bigger batch, you might want to use a stand mixer instead of a handheld electric beater to mix the dough.

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Can I Freeze Crinkle Cookies?

Yes! You can freeze them before or after baking.

To freeze crinkle cookie dough:

  1. Follow the recipe up until the point where you roll the dough into balls.
  2. Place the dough balls on a parchment-lined tray and freeze until solid, about 2 hours.
  3. Put the frozen dough balls in a zip-top plastic bag and freeze for up to 3 months.
  4. Thaw the dough balls at room temperature for 20 minutes before rolling in powdered sugar and baking.

To freeze baked crackle cookies:

  1. Once the cookies are baked, let them cool completely.
  2. Arrange them in an airtight container layered between pieces of parchment paper.
  3. Freeze for up to 3 months.
  4. Thaw the cookies at room temperature for 1 hour before eating.
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Chocolate Crinkle Cookies Recipe (aka Chocolate Crackle Cookies)

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Other Time45 minutes
Yields: 10 servings
This Chocolate Crinkle Cookies recipe (aka Chocolate Crackle Cookies) makes cookies that are thick and chewy like a brownie with rich chocolate flavor, and crispy outside with a powdered sugar crackle top. The best part is, this easy recipe is foolproof!

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Ingredients
 

Instructions
 

  • Whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, and instant espresso powder together in a medium bowl.
  • Add the egg, oil, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla to a large bowl. Use a handheld electric mixer to beat until combined.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet, and beat just until incorporated. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill for 45 minutes in the freezer or 4 hours in the fridge.
  • Preheat the oven to 350F. Line a large baking tray with parchment paper or a silpat liner. Put the powdered sugar into a shallow bowl.
  • Use a 1.5-tablespoon scoop to measure out the dough. Roll the measured dough into balls, and then roll each ball in powdered sugar. Once you’re done rolling all the dough balls once in the powdered sugar, roll them each a second time. Arrange the dough balls on the prepared baking tray.
  • Bake for 10 minutes. Let the cookies cool for 15 minutes on the tray before removing.
  • The cookies will be soft and gooey when they first come out of the oven, but they will stiffen to the perfect consistency as they cool.

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Notes

  • Chilling the Dough: Prior to chilling, this cookie dough is very soft. Don’t be tempted to add more flour; the dough should be on the soft side so the cookies are chewy. After chilling the dough will be the right consistency to bake.
  • Storage: You can store these cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days or in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
  • Make Ahead: To make ahead, you can make the cookie dough and keep it covered in the fridge for up to 3 days before baking the cookies.
 

To Freeze Crinkle Cookie Dough:

  1. Follow the recipe up until the point where you roll the dough into balls.
  2. Place the dough balls on a parchment-lined tray and freeze until solid, about 2 hours.
  3. Put the frozen dough balls in a zip-top plastic bag and freeze for up to 3 months.
  4. Thaw the dough balls at room temperature for 20 minutes before rolling in powdered sugar and baking.

To Freeze Baked Crackle Cookies:

  1. Once the cookies are baked, let them cool completely.
  2. Arrange them in an airtight container layered between pieces of parchment paper.
  3. Freeze for up to 3 months.
  4. Thaw the cookies at room temperature for 1 hour before eating.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 139kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 71mg | Potassium: 68mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 41IU | Vitamin C: 0.04mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional information is automatically calculated and should be used as an approximate.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate Crackle Cookies, Chocolate Crinkle Cookies, Chocolate Crinkle Cookies Recipe

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  1. Christine says:

    5 stars
    This looks really good!

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