Fudgy Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

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These Fudgy Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are a holiday staple. They’re soft, rich and so easy to make with no stand mixer required!

Fudgy Chocolate Crinkle Cookies on a white platter

These Fudgy Chocolate Crinkle Cookies get all their brownie-like fudginess from the vegetable oil and eggs in this recipe. They’re SO soft with just a tiny bit of crunch around the outside. Not only are they a chocolate lover’s dream but they’re also incredibly easy to make! They’re the perfect cookie to make every holiday season!

Ingredient Breakdown

All-purpose flour – this gives the cookies structure.

Baking powder – makes the cookies rise. Do not use baking soda!

Granulated sugar – sweetens cookies.

Vegetable oil – makes the cookies so moist and fudgy.

Cocoa powder – for delicious chocolatey flavor. I always use natural unsweetened cocoa powder.

Eggs – helps bind the ingredients and make the cookies chewy.

Vanilla extract and salt – enhances flavor. Always use pure vanilla extract instead of imitation for best flavor.

What Are Chocolate Crinkle Cookies?

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are fudgy chocolate cookies that are rolled in confectioners’ sugar before baking. The outside of the cookies set first so as the rest of the cookie spreads, the dough pulls apart and creates the signature crinkle look!

Do You Have To Chill Chocolate Crinkle Cookie Dough?

Yes! Chocolate Crinkle Cookie dough is extremely sticky (thanks to all the eggs and oil) so it’s absolutely necessary to chill the dough! If you don’t it will be very hard to scoop and roll in the confectioners’ sugar and you’ll also end up with sad flat cookies.

Side view of Fudgy Chocolate Crinkle Cookies stacked

How To Make Fudgy Chocolate Crinkle cookies

1. In a small bowl whisk all- purpose flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

2. In a large bowl whisk granulated sugar, vegetable oil and cocoa powder until well combined.

3. Mix in eggs one at a time then add the vanilla extract.

4. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just combined. The dough will be very sticky. Cover the bowl with plastic and chill for at least 2 hours or overnight.

Fudgy Chocolate Crinkle Cookie batter

5. Using a 3 tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop chilled dough then generously roll in confectioners’ sugar and place on a lined baking sheet (be sure to adjust the baking time if your cookies are smaller/larger).

6. Bake cookies at 350°F for 11-12 minutes. They will look a little gooey but will continue to bake as they cool. Store Chocolate Crinkle Cookies in an airtight container for up to a week at room temperature.

Fudgy Chocolate Crinkle Cookies before and after baking

Pro Tips For Fudgy Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

  • Weigh your ingredients using a kitchen scale! Measuring ingredients by volume is not accurate.
  • Don’t over mix the dough! Over mixing = more gluten development which means tough cookies. We don’t want any tough cookies here!
  • Bake one tray at a time on the middle oven rack. This ensures that there is even heat circulation.
  • Don’t over bake them otherwise they won’t be fudgy in the middle!
  • Roll the cookies in granulated sugar before rolling them in the confectioners’ sugar to make the outside a little extra crunchy.
  • Drop the scooped dough directly into the bowl of confectioners’ sugar for rolling.
  • Keep the dough chilled in between scooping batches of cookies! This will make it easier to work with and prevent flat cookies.

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5 from 2 votes

Fudgy Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

These Fudgy Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are a holiday staple. They're soft, rich and so easy to make with no stand mixer required!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Refrigeration Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 26 minutes
Servings 19 cookies
Calories 236kcal
Author Maria Azzarelli

Equipment

  • Cookie scoop (I use a 3 tablespoon scoop)
  • Baking sheets

Ingredients

  • 270 g (2 1/4 cups) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 300 g (1 1/2 cups) granulated sugar
  • 160 g (2/3 cup) vegetable oil
  • 80 g (1 cup) cocoa powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 120 g (1 cup) confectioners' sugar for rolling

Instructions

  • In a small bowl whisk all- purpose flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl whisk granulated sugar, vegetable oil and cocoa powder until well combined.
  • Mix in eggs one at a time then add the vanilla extract.
  • Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just combined. The dough will be very sticky. Cover the bowl with plastic and chill for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F and line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  • Using a 3 tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop chilled dough then generously roll in confectioners' sugar and place on a lined baking sheet (be sure to adjust the baking time if your cookies are smaller/larger).
  • Bake cookies for 11-12 minutes. They will look a little gooey but will continue to bake as they cool.

Notes

  • Weigh your ingredients using a kitchen scale! Measuring ingredients by volume is not accurate.
 
  • Store Chocolate Crinkle Cookies in an airtight container for up to a week at room temperature.
 
  • Nutrition: the provided nutritional information is an estimate per serving. Please read my Nutrition Disclaimer for more information.

Nutrition

Calories: 236kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 182mg | Potassium: 93mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 50IU | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 1mg

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2 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I made this recipe using a scale. Easy to follow directions. These cookies are true to there name! They came out super fudgy!

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