Chocolate Crinkles

Roll the dough in a generous dose of confectioners’ sugar before baking to achieve this pretty snowy effect.

Photo by  David Prince
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  • Makes 36 cookies
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    Nutritional Information

    Per Serving

    • Calories 76 calories
    • Calories 42 calories from fat
    • Fat 5 g
    • Sat Fat 2 g
    • Cholesterol 18 mg
    • Sodium 46 mg
    • Protein 1 g
    • Carbohydrate 11 g
    • Sugar 7 g
    • Fiber 0 g


  1. Check cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
  2. Check ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder (preferably Dutch process)
  3. Check teaspoons baking powder
  4. Check ¼ teaspoon salt
  5. Check ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  6. Check 1 cup light brown sugar
  7. Check 2 large eggs
  8. Check ¼ cup confectioners’ sugar


  1. Heat oven to 350° F. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt.
  2. With an electric mixer, beat the butter and brown sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Beat in the eggs. Reduce speed to low and gradually add the flour mixture, mixing until just incorporated.
  3. Form the dough into balls (each equal to 1 level tablespoon). Roll the balls in the confectioners’ sugar and place on parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing them 2 inches apart. Bake until the cookies are firm and the tops crack, 13 to 15 minutes.
  4. Cool slightly on the baking sheets, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
    Note: Total Time includes cooling time.