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These Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are a must-make this holiday season! Fudgy, chewy, and easy to make – these are sure to be a family favorite this cookie season.
We can’t celebrate the holidays without cookies! And these chewy Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are the perfect cookies to make for the holidays and all year long. These delightful confections boast a crackly exterior and a chewy, fudgy center that is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.
I”ll just warn you now – make a double batch of these delicious cookies so you can have some for yourself before they all get eaten.
What Are Crinkle Cookies?
Crinkle cookies are a type of cookie known for their distinctive cracked or “crinkled” appearance on the surface. These cookies have a perfect balance between crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside.
The crinkled appearance is achieved during baking as the cookie dough, coated in powdered sugar, expands and cracks, revealing the contrasting colors of the cookie’s surface. This unique visual effect makes crinkle cookies not only delicious but also visually appealing.
Why You’ll Love this Chocolate Crinkle Cookie Recipe
- Easy to Make – These cookies are quick and easy to make.
- Simple Ingredients – Made with kitchen staples you probably have on hand.
- Fudgy , Chewy, and Crispy – the perfect cookie combination!
- Perfect Christmas Cookie – These cookies are great for any occasion. Add then to your holiday cookie tray or make them for your holiday cookie swap.
Ingredients Needed to Make Chocolate Crinkles
- Chocolate – unsweetened chocolate is used in this recipe.
- Vegetable oil – Makes the cookies tender and moist.
- Sugar – Granulated sugar adds sweetness to the cookies.
- Eggs – At room temperature.
- Vanilla extract – Adds extra flavor to the cookies.
- Flour – Use all-purpose flour for this recipe.
- Baking powder – Helps to create a fluffier texture.
- Salt – Enhances the flavor of the cookies
- Powdered sugar – Also known as confectioners’ sugar.
How to Make Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
Make the Dough – Mix together the oil, sugar and melted chocolate in a large bowl with a hand mixer. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add vanilla and beat well. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Gradually add dry ingredients to wet ingredients until well combined. Transfer to bowl and cover with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator to chill several hours or overnight.
Form into Balls – Remove from refrigerator and set on counter about 20 minutes to warm up slightly. Place confectioner’s sugar in a shallow bowl. Use a small cookie scoop to scoop cookie dough and roll chilled dough into 1-inch balls. Coat with powdered sugar.
Bake – Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone mat. Add cookie dough balls to prepared baking sheet. Bake until edges are set. Remove from oven and let set on baking sheets for 2-3 minutes. Transfer to wire rack and cool completely.
Crinkle Cookies – Frequently Asked Questions
Why do I need to Refrigerate the Cookie Dough?
For best results, the dough needs to be chilled before baking these cookies. Chilled dough is often less sticky and easier to handle. This makes it simpler to form cookie shapes or use cookie cutters. It also prevents the cookies from sticking to the baking sheet. Also, allowing the dough to rest in the refrigerator allows the flavors to meld and develop. This can enhance the overall taste of the cookies. It also gives time for ingredients like vanilla extract to distribute evenly throughout the dough.
Is it better to use oil or butter in crinkle cookies?
Oil is a liquid fat, and when used in cookie recipes, it adds moisture to the dough. This can result in cookies that are softer and chewier compared to cookies made with solid fats like butter.
Can you freeze the the cookie dough?
Yes! Freezing the cookie dough is a great idea! Form cookies into balls and freeze until ready to bake. When ready to bake, roll cookie dough balls in powdered sugar and allow them to thaw on the baking sheet while the oven heats. You might need to adjust the baking time by an extra minute or two.
Can you freeze the chocolate cookies after baking?’
Yep! These cookies can be frozen after baking. Just place completely cooled cookies in a freezer bag or freezer container.
Storing Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
Store baked cookies in an airtight container on counter for up to 5 days. Freeze your cookie dough balls for 2 months in the freezer.
Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
- 4 squares unsweetened chocolate,melted and cooled
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 4 large eggs, room temperature
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup powdered sugar for coating
- Place chocolate in microwave safe bowl. Heat for 30 seconds, stir and continue heating for 10 seconds at a time, stirring after each heating until completely melted. Set a side to cool.
- In a large bowl, mix together oil, sugar and melted chocolate. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add vanilla and beat well.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Gradually add dry mixture to wet mixture until well combined.
- Cover bowl with plastic wrap. Place in refrigerator to chill several hours or overnight.
- Remove from refrigerator and set on counter for about 20 minutes to warm up slightly.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mat.
- Place powdered sugar in medium bowl. Roll dough into balls and coat with powdered sugar.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes or until edges are set.
- Remove from oven and let set on baking sheets for 2-3 minutes.
- Transfer to wire cooling rack and cool completely. Store in airtight container for up to 5 days.