best fudgy chocolate crinkle cookies

by Asif Ali
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Best Fudgy Chocolate Crinkle Cookies have an irresistible brownie textured center, with a crunch of cookies on the outside! One of our favorite Christmas cookies


  • 1/2 cup (2.2 oz/60 g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup (7 oz/205 g) white granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (3.5oz/130g) all purpose or plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup confectioner’s sugar or icing sugar (for coating)


  • In a medium-sized bowl, mix together the cocoa powder, white sugar and vegetable oil. Beat in eggs one at a time, until fully incorporated. Mix in the vanilla.
  • In another bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet mixture just until a dough forms (do not over beat). Cover bowl with wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  • When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350°F | 175°C. Line 2 cookie sheets or baking trays with parchment paper (baking paper). Roll 1 tablespoonful of dough into balls for smaller cookies, or 2 tablespoonfuls for larger cookies.
  • Add the confectioners (icing) sugar to a smaller bowl. Generously and evenly coat each ball of dough in confectioners’ sugar and place onto prepared cookie sheets.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes (for small cookies) or 12 minutes (for larger cookies). The cookies will come out soft from the oven but will harden up as they cool.
  • Allow to cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool

how to bake chocolate crinkle cookies?

  • Make sure you start with room temperature ingredients so the oil and egg mix together easier.
  • If you can, use Hershey’s unsweetened cocoa powder instead of Dutch process cocoa powder
  • Make sure you chill the cookie dough for at least 3 hours. The dough is super sticky and easier to manage once it has been chilled (the longer, the better). Chilling also ensures thicker cookies with a fudgy texture, and less spreading while baking.
  • Once they are rolled into balls and placed onto your baking sheet, there is no need to press them down. They will naturally bake into shape.
  • Make sure your oven is HOT before baking! Or they will still be raw after 10 minutes.
  • The baking time suggested in the recipe is a guide. Remember, this depends on how hot your oven runs. They will be super soft when they come out of the oven and harden as they cool. If you bake them for too long, the centres will not be fudgy.
  • Bake them big or bake them small, it makes no difference in texture. The end

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