Chocolate Crinkles

"Although these aren't exactly the recipe we used at Cookies By Design (it would be wrong for me to give that out), it's very close and they taste exactly the same: absolutely wonderful! :) And so easy to make, too! My husband made these last year for his annual cookie tin gifts, and they were very popular. Makes about 72 cookies. These are different from most of the recipes you’ll find for chocolate crinkles in that they use cocoa powder rather than baking chocolate or liquid forms of chocolate (kind of nice, actually... no messy melted chocolate all over the kitchen! *chuckle*)."
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  • In a medium bowl, mix together the cocoa powder, sugar, and vegetable oil. Beat in eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla.
  • In another bowl combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir flour mixture into the cocoa mixture.
  • Cover dough bowl with plastic wrap, put in refrigerator, and chill for at least 4 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  • Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  • Roll the dough into one inch balls (a number 50 size scoop works well). Coat each ball in powdered sugar before placing onto parchment-lined cookie sheets.
  • Bake in preheated 350 degrees F oven for 10 to 12 minutes. Let the cooked cookies stand on the cookie sheet for at least 1 minute before transferring to wire racks to cool.

Questions & Replies

  1. Can I use canola oil instead of vegetable oil?
  2. Crinkle Cookies I followed the instructions and lately when I bake them they are not opening up like they should. Any advice on what to do?
  3. Do you mix by hand or use an electric mixer/beater? Also, has anyone tried mixing a small amount of cocoa powder in with powdered sugar ( for extra chocolaty goodness) ? TIA


  1. A huge hit with my family,have to make two batches every time.Thank you and good wishes from Pakistan.
  2. I followed the recipe but added a teaspoon of instant coffee powder just like how I do when making brownies. It was perfect! I am yet to try without the coffee but I'm sure it is still great!
  3. These crinkles are to die for! Followed the directions exactly and came out amazing! The dough is a bit sticky and hard to work with once they come out of the fridge but when covered in powdered sugar, are easier to handle. They looked so nice and exactly like the pictures. Would highly recommend this recipe and will no doubt make them again!
  4. These cookies taste so good! The dough/batter is a little difficult to work with because it's sticky but they are so divine once cooked that it's worth it.
  5. Can you leave it in the fridge overnight?


  1. Added a teaspoon of coffee
  2. I refrigerated the dough over night and they still baked to perfection!
  3. * WET HANDS to prevent dough from sticking while handeling dough. I added 70g chopped walnuts, light olive oil ( only oil I had on hand) and I did swirl in a shallow cup of granulated sugar then in another cup of powdered sugar. AWESOME COOKIES!!!! Nomnomnom
    • Review photo by Tara W.
  4. *WET HANDS with water to prevent sticking while handeling dough. Added 70g chopped walnuts, only had light olive oil on hand ( that's all the store had when I went shopping), swirled in granulated sugar before powdered sugar. Also I only had a vanilla bean syrup that was sweetened and so I did add an extra spoon of cocoa powder. All the tweaks are in my review (except the last one). AWESOME COOKIES!!!!
  5. I loved these! I was looking for crinkles with cocoa instead of melting chocolate (i hate doing it!) and these were amazing - made for a cookie exchange this morning and everyone loved them! Thanks so much!


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