Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

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As these chocolate cookies bake, they puff up and crackle, so they are called crinkle cookies.
Prep Time 22 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 8


  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


Before you start
Be sure an adult is nearby to help.

Preheat an oven to 350°F. Grease 2 baking sheets with butter.

Put the confectioners' sugar into a bowl and set aside.

Mix the ingredients
In another bowl, using a wooden spoon, stir together the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar on medium speed until creamy, about 3 minutes. Turn off the mixer and scrape down the bowl with a rubber spatula. Add 1 egg and beat on medium speed until blended. Add the other egg and vanilla and beat until blended.

Turn off the mixer and add the flour mixture. Beat on low speed just until blended.

Form the cookies
Using a tablespoon, scoop up a rounded spoonful of dough. Scrape the dough off the spoon into the palm of your other hand. Roll the dough into a ball. Roll the ball in the confectioners' sugar until covered. Place the balls on a prepared baking sheet. Repeat, spacing the balls about 2 inches apart.

Bake the cookies
When 1 baking sheet is full, put it in the oven and bake the cookies until they are crackled and puffed, 10 to 12 minutes. Using oven mitts, remove the baking sheet from the oven and set it on a wire rack for 15 minutes.

Using a metal spatula, move the cookies onto the rack and let cool completely. Repeat with the rest of the cookies. Makes about 24 cookies.

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Kids Baking, by Abigail Johnson Dodge (Oxmoor House, 2003).
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love these These cookies are so good. They are better than the ones they used to sell here. Definitely a keeper.
Date published: 2016-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from fun and easy and different It was an easy recipe with great results. A cookie that is unique, perfect for a cookie party
Date published: 2014-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delish! I added chocolate chips in the center. These are great little cookies with very nice presentation. My husband loved these exactly as the recipe is written, but to make them more chocolaty, half way through I added 3 semi-sweet chocolate chips in the center of each ball. This made them even better! I recommend you do the same and you'll love the results. I baked for 10 minutes and they were perfect.
Date published: 2014-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from simply devine This cookie is simply a wonderful chocolate rush. Dont know a soul that doesn't love, love, love them.
Date published: 2013-12-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from more chocolate Easy to prepare. I used 3/4 cup cocoa and felt it could use MORE chocolate! Next time; Other then that I love 'em!
Date published: 2013-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Toddler friendly baking! Made these with my 2 year old son last week and we had a great time both making them and eating them! Am about to make another batch this afternoon. They were sufficiently chocolatey for my chocoholism and I loved how they were a bit 'cakey' in texture too. Delicious!
Date published: 2013-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best chocolate cookie I ever met! I never met a chocolate cookie that I really cared for before this, but this one zoomed right up there to my favorite cookies list! But why, oh why would anyone want to cool them for 15 minutes before putting them on a rack and cooling them some more? We ate them hot right out of the oven and they couldn't have been better!
Date published: 2013-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great cookies! Wow! I made these cookies today and I can't stop eating them! neither can my son! They are delicious! I used Hershey's special dark cocoa and the chocolate flavor is incredible! Will definitely make them again. If you like chocolate, you will love these cookies!
Date published: 2013-01-21
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