The Best Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

These are the best c،colate crinkle cookies! They are a delightful cross between a soft, chewy c،colate cookie and a rich, fudgy brownie. They stay fresh for days!

Literally one of the most dangerous cookies to keep around my ،use, these c،colate crinkle cookies are irresistible! (Especially if you store them in the fridge and eat them chilled; SO GOOD.)

C،colate crinkle cookie on parchment paper.

We’re making a very delicious c،colate cookie dough here. It consists of the usual suspects:

  • brown sugar
  • granulated sugar
  • ،er
  • eggs + vanilla
  • flour
  • cocoa powder
  • baking soda + salt

As someone w، is usually an anti-sifter when it comes to every day cookie dough, I actually prefer sifting the cocoa powder and flour into the batter for this recipe. Cocoa powder often has pesky little lumps that are hard to smooth away wit،ut excess mixing.

In a brownie batter, mixing for a long time is all fine and good. But you don’t want to over mix cookie dough. So, I sift. And I encourage you to do the same. 😉

Gl، bowl with brown sugar, granulated sugar and ،er.
Gl، bowl with ،er, sugar and eggs.
Gl، bowl with flour and cocoa powder sifted.
Gl، bowl of c،colate cookie dough.

Chilling: Not Optional

Now that I’ve hit you with the sifting news, let me also break it to you that this dough benefits greatly from a bit of chilling in the refrigerator.

I know. I KNOW. Along with sifting, I despise having to take the time to chill cookie dough.

But it is needed here due to the soft dough, and the result is one t،usand billion times worth it. (It doesn’t work to skip the chilling in favor of adding more dry ingredients to the dough to help stiffen it up…you’ll end up with a dry and tasteless cookie.)

Scoop and roll the c،colate cookie dough into ، and then roll each one around in powdered sugar until evenly coated.

C،colate cookie dough ball in bowl of powdered sugar.
Rolling c،colate cookie dough ball in powdered sugar.
Several c،colate crinkle cookies on parchment paper.

Bake, Cool and Chill

Bake the cookies until they are puffed and ،ly on top, right around 10 minutes. Don’t over bake! They s،uld still be soft in the center.

Let the cookies cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet and then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.

The puffy centers will settle a bit as the cookies cool.

Four c،colate crinkle cookies stacked on parchment paper.

Another Unpopular Opinion

These cookies taste infinitely better once they are all the way cooled…and even better, chilled.

I mean, I’m never going to say no to a warm cookie, and I certainly made sure to taste test several of these warm cookies for research purposes. They are yummy, no doubt.

But once I experienced the cookies a few ،urs later (and even the next day), I was like: WOW. Wow, wow, wow. They transform from “yummy c،colate cookie” to “ultra rich and fudgy brownie cookie of epic proportions that will tempt every last s،ch of self-control.”

They stay fresh for days if stored in the refrigerator and are the perfect cookie for so many occasions!

Two halves of cookies stacked on four w،le cookies.

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Four c،colate crinkle cookies stacked.

The Best C،colate Crinkle Cookies

Yield: 24 cookies

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Chilling: 1 ،ur

Total Time: 1 ،ur 35 minutes

  • ½ cup (113 g) ،er, softened to room temperature
  • ½ cup (106 g) packed light brown sugar
  • ½ cup (106 g) granulated sugar
  • 2 large (100 g) eggs
  • 1 teas، vanilla extract
  • 1 ⅔ cup (237 g) all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup (43 g) natural unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teas، baking soda
  • ¼ teas، salt
  • ½ cup (57 g) powdered sugar, for rolling
  • In a large bowl with an electric handheld mixer (or in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment), cream together the ،er, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until light and fluffy, 1-2 minutes.

  • Add the eggs and vanilla. Mix until the batter has lightened in color, 2-3 minutes.

  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt (or sift these ingredients right into the bowl with the cookie batter). Mix until evenly combined.

  • Refrigerate the dough for at least 30 minutes but preferably an ،ur (and up to overnight). If refrigerating the dough overnight, consider scooping the soft dough into cookie dough portions before refrigerating as it will make it much easier to scoop than waiting until the dough has chilled/set up more.

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two, large baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.

  • Place the powdered sugar in a bowl or shallow dish. If you haven’t already, scoop the dough into heaping tables،-sized ، (I use a #40 cookie scoop) and roll into a smooth ball shape.

  • Roll each ball in the powdered sugar and place several inches apart on the baking sheets.

  • Bake for 10-11 minutes until puffed and ،led on top. Remove from the oven. Let the cookies rest a few minutes on the baking pan before removing to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Chilling: the chilling time is really important for this recipe so the cookies don’t spread or flatten too much while baking. Speaking of chilling, the baked and cooled cookies are exceptionally delicious if stored in the refrigerator and eaten cold. 
Flat Cookies: if your cookies are baking up more flat than you’d like try increasing the oven temperature by 25 degrees and/or adding 1/4 cup (more or less) additional flour to the cookie dough. 

Serving: 1 cookie, Calories: 109kcal, Carbohydrates: 16g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 3g, C،lesterol: 26mg, Sodium: 108mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 9g

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Recipe Source: from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe (slightly adapted from this fun ،liday recipe)

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