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Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Fudgy brownie-like chewy chocolate cookies with a soft center that crumbles in your mouth. These Chocolate Crinkle Cookies recipe feature a secret flavor in the dough that you'll love for the holiday season. A classic Christmas cookie recipe that's tradition to make every year!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate fudge cookies, Christmas cookies, crinkle cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 50 cookies
Calories 56kcal


  • 4 oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • cups packed light brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 4 tsp instant coffee powder, optional to taste
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp maple extract other options: coconut, mint, or peppermint extract
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour


  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup powdered confectioners' sugar


  • In a small saucepan, melt butter over low-medium heat. Turn off heat. Stir in coarsely chopped unsweetened chocolate. Allow mixture to melt, stirring occasionally while preparing the cookie dough.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk eggs, brown sugar, vanilla extract, maple extract, and instant coffee powder just until mixed. 
  • Pour chocolate-butter mixture into egg mixture. Stir to combine. 
  • Slowly pour dry ingredients into chocolate and egg mixture, stirring after each addition.  
  • Stir in 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour just until mixed.
  • Cover dough with plastic wrap.  Chill dough in refrigerator at least 2 hours or overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Place ½ cup powdered sugar and 1 tbsp granulated sugar into a small dish.  
  • Using a small cookie scoop, scoop dough and roll into balls.  I used a cookie scoop that used about 1/2 tablespoon dough (small ball). 
    TIP: If dough is sticky between scoops, dip it in a bowl of powdered sugar between scoops. Or try refrigerating it longer.
  • Roll dough into sugar mixture then place cookies 1 inch apart on a cookie sheet.
  • Bake in oven 11-13 minutes. The cookies will be soft and chewy. 
  • Allow cookies to cool then place in an air-tight container.


Calories: 56kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 35mg | Potassium: 40mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 44IU | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg