Chocolate Crinkle Cookies


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

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
Photo: Greg DuPree
Hands On Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs
36 cookies

For many people, chocolate crinkle cookies are a decadently fudge-centric holiday tradition. In fact, when Google released a color-coded map of the most-searched cookies per state, chocolate crinkle cookies came up as number one in Delaware and Illinois.

The confectioner's sugar adds a festive dusting of "snow," making this recipe more festive and winter-appropriate. If you are short on time, consider that the prep takes less than an hour. The total time noted (two hours) includes baking and cooling time.


  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled

  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder (preferably Dutch process)

  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature

  • 1 cup light brown sugar

  • 2 large eggs

  • 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.

  3. Beat in the eggs. Reduce speed to low and gradually add the flour mixture, mixing until just incorporated.

  4. 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.

  5. Cool slightly on the baking sheets, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

76 Calories
5g Fat
11g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 76
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 18mg 6%
Sodium 46mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 1g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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