Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are chocolate cookies loaded with unsweetened cocoa and rolled in powdered sugar just before they are baked to give them their unique and pleasing wrinkling appearance. Chocolate crinkle cookies are found in most popular cafes and coffee shops around Charleston, South Carolina, but this is a super easy recipe so we can make these favorite chocolate crinkle cookies right in our own kitchen!
This recipe yields about 6 dozen which makes plenty to serve big crowds. Loaded with delicious chocolate flavor, you can see why these chocolate crinkle cookies are so popular and loved by everyone. Perfect for the holiday season!
Chocolate crinkle cookie dough is very easy and is made with all the staple ingredients such as, unsweetened cocoa, sugar, flour, baking powder, eggs, salt and vegetable oil. Then rolled into balls and rolled into powered sugar before baking. Bake at 350 degrees F for only 8 to 10 minutes for the small ones and 10 to 12 minutes for the larger size cookies.
You will need to chill the cookie dough for a few hours before working with it simply because the dough becomes too sticky and it’s almost impossible to make perfect little balls. We made the dough the night before. Even better.
Keep in mind, depending how long you bake them will determine their outcome. The chocolate crinkle cookies can turn out either soft and chewy or crispy and crunchy. Try baking a few cookies first to see their outcome and then continue baking the rest. But what we know for sure is they will be popular every time you serve them!
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- 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 cups white sugar
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- 4 eggs
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- ½ tsp.salt
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- In a medium bowl, mix together cocoa powder, sugar, and vegetable oil. Beat in eggs, one at a time.
- Stir in vanilla, flour, baking powder and salt into the cocoa mixture. Cover with clear or foil wrap and chill for at least 2 to 4 hours. The dough will be very sticky and needs to be chilled before you can make balls for these cookies.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Change the oven rack to the center of oven. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
- Roll cookie dough into 1-inch balls or slightly larger, using a teaspoon or use a number 50 size scoop. Coat each ball with powdered sugar and place them 2 inches apart.
- Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, for soft chew cookies, and 10 to 12 minutes for crunchier cookies. Do not over bake. The cookies will have a shiny appearance when you take them out the oven.
- Allow cookies rest for 1 minute before transferring them to a wire rack to cool.
- Yields: 5 to 6 dozen
Do not bake them on the bottom rack of the oven, since I tried that and actually burned them on the bottoms of the cookies. It's best baking them on the center rack only.
Recipe adapted from allrecipes.