Chocolate Crinkles

Classic Chocolate Cookies rolled in powdered sugar.  I have searched high and low for this amazing chocolate cookie recipe.

Source: An old cookie cookbook that belongs to my mother-in-law.

I have searched for years for a good chocolate crinkle recipe. The recipe I had, which I got from who knows where, was just terrible. This year, my mother-in-law confessed that she had the same problem. She pulled out this book, from which she used to make cookies years ago, and we decided to both make a batch of chocolate crinkles. She even donated the chocolate squares to my cause! And, finally, the recipe lived up to the promise! These cookies are everything I remembered them to be; slightly crunchy on the outside, but still soft and chewy with a great chocolate flavor. (I wonder if it is because it calls for oil instead of shortening.)

This is a fabulous everyday cookie, although in our family, we mostly eat them at Christmas.  Either way, I’m certain this recipe will make it into your own “favorite recipes” file!

Chocolate Crinkles
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A chewy and chocolatey cookie topped with powdered sugar.
Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 3-4 dozen
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 4 squares (4 oz.) unsweetened chocolate, melted
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 cups flour
  • about 1 cup powdered sugar
  1. Mix oil, melted chocolate, and sugar. Blend in one egg at a time, then add vanilla and mix well.
  2. Add salt, baking powder, and flour, and mix just until incorporated. Wrap dough tightly in plastic and chill for several hours or over night.
  3. Place powdered sugar in a small bowl. Roll dough into balls and roll in powdered sugar to coat. Place on baking sheet, and bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Allow to sit 1-2 minutes before removing to a cooling rack.

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  7. Judy

    My grandma used to bake these and they where one of my favorites. I have been looking for this recipe for years. Thanks csi much! Checked out a lot of the other recipes and you have given me the itch to bake again. I do treats for a First Friday Art Walk in my little town and am already figuring out what to make.

  8. Alex

    It seems I am the only one that gets green crinkles. The frosting sugar, once the crinkles are baked, usually gets green in some parts. I ‘ve also been doing stollen, which requires powdered sugar dusting in the end. When I try to put it away in a plastic bag to keep it fresh, whatever I touch becomes green. I’ve searched online and no one ever mentions the turning-green powdered sugar. Is it only my powdered sugar? Has it ever happened to you? Does it have to do with humidity? I tried drying out the powdered sugar from the stollen, leaving it there in the open air for a while, then as soon as I touched it, the green marks appeared.


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