Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

"An attractive fudgy cookie with a crackled appearance. I received the recipe from a male co-worker who makes these every year for the whole building. These are my friend Roo's favorite cookies. She calls them clouds of love because she knows I only bake these for special people."
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Ready In:
3 dozen




  • In a large bowl, stir together sugar and oil; I use a wooden spoon.
  • Add cocoa, blending well.
  • Beat in eggs and vanilla.
  • Stir together flour, baking powder, and salt; add to cocoa mixture, blending well.
  • Cover and refrigerate until dough is firm enough to handle, usually overnight.
  • Dough has the consistency of soft fudge.
  • Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Grease cookie sheets or line with parchment paper.
  • Spray a#50 cookie scoop (the 2 tbles size) with Pam (you may have to repeat several times) and scoop dough out and roll in powdered sugar.
  • keep dough in fridge between batches.
  • Place cookies about 2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheet.
  • Bake 12 to 14 minutes until almost no indentation remains when touched lightly and tops are crackled.
  • place cookies on wire racks and cool completely.
  • Recipe does not seem to double well; dough comes out too soft.

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  1. Cooking in Chico
    These were a HUGE hit! Worked best when we froze the dough for 4-6 hours before baking. I had the kids lined up - each with a big bowl of powdered sugar and we really caked them with the sugar. They were beautiful with big chocolate flavor. Easy to make and didn't have to melt chocolate. I almost always tweak recipes after reading reviews and glad that I didn't add extra choc chips or make any changes.
  2. TnuSami
    I'd never had this type of cookie before, but made them on the recommendation of a friend who remembered them as being her favorite childhood Christmas cookie and was pleasantly surprised. I did add probably between 1/2 and 1 cup of chocolate chips to add a little extra decadence for my friend. They were very chocolately and soft.
  3. Leah3138
    These are seriously fantastic! I've made crinkle cookies before, but they came out too hard and my husband didn't like them. I made these and they were perfect in every way - slight crunch on the outside, light and fluffy on the inside! My husband has always requested homemade chocolate chip cookies whenever I ask him what dessert I should make, but now he asks for these! A winner in my book for sure!
  4. sherri s.
    Growing up with a stay at home mom, this cookie was our favorite. I bake cookies at a care center. My residents request these cookies. They're just like mom's !
  5. MollyJ
    This is really a special cookies with wonderful flavor and texture. Took it to family for Christmas and many people enjoyed. Pretty presentation. I little more work than a drop cookie but meets my tests of not being too fussy.


I live in Sacramento,CA and have lived here all my life. I've been married to the same guy for 20+ years and I have 4 children, including a set of teenage girl twins. I love cats, cooking and collecting cookbooks. My favorite cookbooks are dessert books (I bet you could tell by my user name). I love books by Maida Heatter. She is the Queen of desserts! I do struggle with my weight because I bake nearly everyday,even during the hot Sacramento summers. Baking relaxes me. My friends and staff think the previous statement is crazy but I'll bet a few of you out there could agree. My birth father was a pastry chef and although he passed away before I was 2 years old, I believe baking is in the genes. I was very lucky to have a grandmother who always let me tear up her kitchen up experimenting. Even when I was 5 years old! Strong lady!
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