Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Written by: Rachel Davidson-Evans, BASc

Reviewed by: Atheana Brown RD

With a decadent fudgy brownie centre and crunchy cookie outside, these Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are sure to be a party pleaser. 

My gift to you this holiday season- Chocolate Crinkle Cookies. This recipe is really credited to my lovely Nanna, who has had this recipe hand-written in her cupboard for what seems like forever. Every year her cookies impress as my family of chocolate lovers unite. The best part about them? Not only are they irresistible, but they are made with ingredients you likely already have in the pantry!

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Food is the staple of all of my holiday memories. Growing up in a small house with no dishwasher or no microwave, I am still puzzled thinking about how we cooked for and hosted almost 15 people in my family every year. Nevertheless, we always seemed to pull it off just fine. 

Does your family have a favourite movie this time of year? I don’t know if any family worships the movie Christmas Vacation as we do- a classic we watch religiously every Christmas Eve, September, July, you name it- my mom especially is likely watching it. After a late-night of movies and eating, my childhood Christmas traditions always included the dreaded 6 AM wake-ups my cousins demanded on Christmas morning as the rest of us slowly woke from our slumbers. Candy and treats are still our typical breakfast on Christmas morning, with the excitement of presents and unwrapping gifts filling everyone with joy, just a few hours later in the day now. Following a day of snacking and excitement, my family sits quietly- a rare occurrence- to eat a turkey dinner with all of the fixings. After a good long break, we dig into our smorgasbord of desserts- Crackle Cookies being a yearly necessity. 

Here is what you will need for this delectable dessert! This recipe will make 20 to-die-for cookies! 


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ cup confectioner’s sugar (for the coating)
Chocolate Crinkle Cookies


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together dry ingredients. You will need flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. 
  2. In a medium bowl, beat wet ingredients until combined. You will need oil, white sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, and eggs.
  3. Gradually add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and beat on low speed until just combined. 
  4. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours. This will help the sticky dough stay light and airy during baking.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place icing sugar into a shallow dish.
  6. Once chilled, roll the cookie dough into balls, about 1 tablespoon of dough each. 
  7. Roll the cookie balls in the confectioner’s sugar and coat completely. Place the cookie balls 2 inches apart on the lined baking sheet. 
  8. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Note they may look under-baked but quickly firm up out of the oven! Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.

There you have it- my Nana’s Chocolate Crinkle Cookies. I hope this recipe becomes a new staple in your holiday memories as it has been in mine. If you do give these a try, be sure to let me know what you think down below! Happy baking!


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