Crinkle Cookies

Deliciously fudgy, chocolate Crinkle Cookies are soft and chewy. They are dipped in powdered sugar and baked to perfection!

It’s impossible for chocolate lovers to turn down these sweet, chewy Crinkle Cookies. If you’re a fan of chocolate, and love cookies, you also need to try our classic Chocolate Chip Cookies and No Bake Cookies.

Several chocolate crinkle cookies displayed on a wooden table with one cut in half.

Crinkle Cookies

Have you ever had Chocolate Crinkles Cookies?! We’ve been making them since I was a kid, and they’ve become a classic cookie recipe in our home.

These cookies are also known as Earthquake Cookies, or even Chocolate Volcano Cookies, because of the cracked top. When they are baking, the cookie expands forming the cracks or crinkles, making them even more delicious in my opinion!

They’re fudgy, soft, and dipped in powdered sugar, adding a sweetness that makes it hard to have just one. You may want to make a couple of batches!

Try them with a glass of milk, or fill two with vanilla ice cream for a cookie sandwich! For even more chocolate flavor, whisk in chocolate chips to add taste and texture.

Ingredients for crinkle cookies on a white countertop.

How to Make Chocolate Crinkles

This Chocolate Crinkle Cookie recipe requires a few simple steps. The result is a delicious, chewy chocolate cookie.

WET INGREDIENTS. Begin by combining the cocoa powder, sugar, and oil in a medium bowl. Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat until well combined. Stir in vanilla and set aside.

DRY INGREDIENTS. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, and mix until combined.

CHILL. Chill for 1 hour (if you’re in a pinch, chill in freezer for at least 30 minutes).

PREP. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. This cookie dough is sticky, so using the parchment paper helps.

BAKE. Roll 1 inch – 1 ½ inch balls of dough into a bowl of powdered sugar. Roll to coat, and place on cookie sheet. Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes.

Perfect for Holidays

Every year, the women in my family have a Christmas cookie exchange. We each end up with several dozen different Christmas cookies and bars, which we then divide and deliver to friends and neighbors as a Holiday treat.

Each person usually has their own packaging style. Here are a few that we use:

  • wrap the cookie plate with plastic wrap, use cellophane to wrap the plate, and tie it with a ribbon
  • cookie boxes with the clear top
  • festive plastic boxes from the dollar store
  • brown lunch bag, folded and tied with ribbon

Recipe Tips

Chill the dough. This not only helps when it’s time to shape the dough, but will ensure that the cookies don’t spread out and flatten during the bake time. 

Soft dough. The dough for these cookies are softer and stickier than typical cookie dough – similar to a very thick brownie batter. 

Rolling balls. Use a cookie scoop to spoon out the dough, briefly roll the dough in your hands to form a nice ball, then roll in powdered sugar. You can also roll out all the dough balls, chill , then coat them all in powdered sugar. 

Doneness. Chocolate cookies tend to be trickier to determine when they’re done.

  • One indicator is cracks in the powdered sugar appear, and their glossy sheen will just have turned to a matte finish.
  • Since these are cakey cookies, try inserting a toothpick into the center to check for doneness.
  • Different ovens can bake differently, I suggest baking 1-2 test cookies to determine the best length of time for your oven.

Coating in powdered sugar. Sometimes the moisture from the cookie, or even from humidity in the air, can cause the powdered sugar to melt a little while being baked.

If this is a problem: lightly roll the cookie dough balls in granulated sugar first, then coat in a nice, generous layer of powdered sugar. 

Baked crinkle cookies cooling on a rack.

storing info

Before storing baked cookies, be sure to allow them to completely cool on a wire rack.

STORE. These cookies are chewy. If you want them to stay soft and chewy, we recommend storing them in an airtight container, at room temperature for up to 3-4 days. To help them stay soft, place a piece of bread in the container.

FREEZE. Stack the cooled cookies, separated by wax paper, in a freezer container or bag for up to 3 months.

FREEZE the dough. We recommend rolling them into balls, and placing on a cookie sheet to freeze. When firm, place in a container or freezer-safe bag. Freeze for up to 2 months.

  • To bake. Remove balls, let thaw for 30 minutes to an hour before rolling in powdered sugar and baking.

Make ahead of time. The dough can be made the day before. Wrap it in plastic wrap, and keep in the fridge until ready to form the dough balls, and coat with sugar.

You CANNOT go wrong making these cookies – they’re so delicious and fudgy, and will be great for any chocolate lover.

Close up of baked crinkle cookies cooling on a rack.

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Crinkles Cookies Recipe

5 from 6 votes
Deliciously fudgy, chocolate Crinkle Cookies are soft and chewy. They are dipped in powdered sugar and baked to perfection!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Chill 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 14 minutes
Servings 24
Calories 125 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna

Ingredients

Instructions
 

  • Add cocoa powder, sugar, and oil in a medium bowl and beat with a hand mixer until combined.
  • Add eggs one at a time and beat until well combined. Stir in vanilla.
  • In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir until all combined.
  • Chill for 1 hour.
  • Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Add powered sugar to a bowl. Roll dough into 1 inch balls and roll in powdered sugar until well coated.
  • Bake at 350 for 9-11 minutes.

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My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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Comments:

  1. Hi Lily! These look so YUMMY! I can’t wait to make these for my grandchildren. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

  2. Great Job Lily on the Chocolate Crinkles and your soccer game!!! I’ll be watching for more of your delicious food!!

  3. Loved the taste, but wanted more clarification on how to know the cookies are done baking. I found the tops cooked, but insides/ Bottom were undercooked. I think it was my oven, UK University Housing Oven 🙂 but want to know in the future what to look for in a finished bake
    Thank you!

    1. If you are unsure, I like to use a toothpick & insert it, right in the middle..if it comes out clean, it’s done, if not, it might need a couple more minutes.

  4. Hi! I don’t know if you’ll see this since this recipe is from many years ago now, but I just made the dough and it is in the fridge. It was almost like cake batter – not nearly as firm as I’m used to cookie dough being. Is that normal for this recipe? Thanks!

  5. 5 stars
    These remind me of when I was young. My grandma would always make these for family gathering. They turned out so good. Thank you for the recipe

  6. 5 stars
    Crinkles are my sons favorite!! They are always on our cookie plates come the holidays, too. We love this recipe!

  7. 5 stars
    These were a bit sticky to scoop and roll, but chilling the dough did help. I love the chocolate and powdered sugar combo.