Chocolate Crinkles

On the second day of Christmas, there was an unbelievably fudgy, deep-dark chocolatey, ooey-gooey cookie. Deep Dark Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are pretty much the exact opposite of yesterday’s Pecan Snowballs. Where those are hard and crumbly, these are soft and chewy. But hey—it’s #12DaysofChristmas and who says we have to choose? Make both and enjoy the compliments.

Like the snowballs, these Chocolate Crinkle Cookies need to chill. I actually made the dough in the evening, stashed it still in the mixing bowl in the fridge overnight, and shaped, rolled, and baked them in the morning. The balls of dough can even be frozen for up to three months, so keep a bag in the freezer to bake up for impromptu gifts. If you’re a chocoholic, it really doesn’t get any better than these cookies.   They’re reminiscent of a brownie in the center, with a slightly crispier and lovely snow-dusted exterior. 

To make these Chocolate Crinkle Christmas Cookies, you make a simple chocolate cookie dough with sugar, eggs, flour, oil and cocoa powder. I like to use Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa powder in this recipe, but you can use any cocoa powder you like.

baking pan of cookie dough

A staunch proponent of ooey-gooey, these cookies are among my favorites. As a variation, you can always sub peppermint extract in the dough instead of vanilla to make peppermint chocolate crinkles. Wouldn’t that be divine?

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Deep, Dark Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Fudgy and impossibly chocolatey, these chocolate crinkle cookies will please the pickiest of palates.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate crinkle cookies, crinkle christmas cookies, dark chocolate crinkle christmas cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 162 kcal
Author Amanda


  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs at room temp
  • 3 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • powdered sugar for rolling


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl.
  4. In a stand mixer or medium bowl, combine the cocoa, sugar and vegetable oil. Mix with stand or hand mixer for 3 minutes. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix until evenly combined.
  5. Add the flour, baking powder and salt and incorporate all the ingredients. Cover the dough and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
  6. With a cookie scoop or teaspoon, measure out 1-inch balls of dough.
  7. Roll each ball in powdered sugar before placing onto prepared baking sheets.
  8. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Middles will still look wet when done.
  9. Let cool for two minutes before transferring the cookies to a cooling rack to finish cooling.
Nutrition Facts
Deep, Dark Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 162 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 27mg9%
Sodium 109mg5%
Potassium 118mg3%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 40IU1%
Calcium 28mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.