Chocolate Crinkle Cookies - One of my Christmas Favorites!

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

These Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are one of my favorite Christmas cookie recipes! Also called snowcaps, they are fudgy and soft in the middle, like a brownie.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate crinkle cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 12 Makes 12-14 cookies, depending on size
Calories 190kcal
Author Joanne Ozug


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (5 ounces by weight)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup oil*
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup confectioner's sugar for rolling


  • In a bowl, whisk to combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt.
  • In another bowl, whisk to combine the sugar, oil, eggs, and vanilla.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet, and mix until no flour streaks remain. Chill the dough for at least 4 hours and up to overnight.
  • Use a medium (1.5 tbsp) cookie scoop to portion out the dough, then roll into balls. They should be about 1” in diameter.
  • Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper.
  • Roll the balls in confectioner’s sugar until generously and completely coated, then place 12 on a sheet pan.
  • Bake for 9-10 minutes, until the cookies are crinkled and puffed up into a mound shape. You want to underbake this type of cookie, so it's fine if it looks a little raw in the cracks, as it will continue cooking slightly out of the oven.
  • Let cool slightly to set, then enjoy!


*Any neutral oil works, and I actually even like olive oil.


Calories: 190kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 92mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 20g