It’s not even Christmas with Chocolate Crinkle Cookies! They are just a classic. Chocolate Christmas cookies are a must on your cookie plate; they always seem to disappear first. This recipe is ultra fudgy and decadent because we’re using cocoa AND baking chocolate!

chocolate crinkle cookies

Does anyone have any good reasons to explain why our Elf on Shelf has not moved in like 3 nights? Let’s not mention the fact that it’s only December 5, and he only showed up at the beginning of the month.

chocolate crinkle cookies

Every day we have to come up with a new excuse. “It’s a long way to the North Pole…” “There must have been a snow storm…” I think we’re slowly crushing our kid’s spirits. Also, Truman told me about a friend of his who’s Elf was OUTSIDE one morning, and one elf who brought them hot chocolate, and another who was swimming in a mini pool of marshmallows. Can you Other Moms stop being so darn creative already?? I can’t even remember to move mine, let alone come up with adventurous/naughty things for him to do.

crinkle cookies

But at least I can play the cookie card. Next time they wake up to Elfie in the same exact spot maybe I’ll just tell them we’re having these Chocolate Crinkle Cookies for breakfast, and they’ll forget all about it. Right?? Mom of the year right here.


chocolate christmas cookies

How to make Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Everyone has had a chocolate crinkle cookie, right?? These cookies are ubiquitous around the holidays, and with good reason! They are the ultimate in fudgy chocolate decadence. Chocolate just never lets you down, you know?

rolling cookie dough in powdered sugar

Lots of recipes for these cookies call for doctoring up a cake mix, like the cookies for these Homemade Oreos. NO thank you. Cake cookies are good if they are smeared with vanilla buttercream, or have something else going on, but in my opinion when you eat them straight-up, they are nothing to write home about.

chocolate crinkle cookie on parchment paper

These cookies are from scratch deliciousness. There are tons of different recipes for Chocolate Crinkle Cookie out there, but I created one that uses REAL chocolate, plus cocoa powder on top of it. They are ultra chocolate-y and ultra fudgy.

We’re also using oil in these cookies, instead of butter. Don’t worry, you will not miss the flavor. The chocolate in this recipe really does take care of you. Actually, the ingredients for this recipe resemble a brownie more than they do a cookie. I just realized that. NOT COMPLAINING. That’s what makes them so fudgy! Oil and real chocolate ftw.

chocolate crinkle cookies recipe

These chocolate crinkle cookies are really delicate when they come out of the oven. They are supposed to be pretty soft when you take them out. If you let them cool on the pan for 5-10 minutes, they will firm up. They are PERFECT.

Don’t forget these other classic Christmas cookies!

Dipped Chocolate Peppermint Cookies << I’m drooling over here…

The Best Bakery Style Double Chocolate Chip Cookies << chocolate OVERLOAD

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies (Ultra Fudgy) << You know you can’t say no to these when they’re out on a plate

Perfectly Soft and Chewy Molasses Cookies << I’m in love with these. Also check out Ginger Molasses Sandwich Cookies, it is my absolute favorite.

Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies (Chocolate Snickerdoodles)

More chocolate cookies you will love!

30 Minute Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies << Can’t go wrong with a quick classic!

Soft Chocolate Cookies with Peanut Butter Frosting << Yes, they ARE as good as they sound.

Peanut Butter Chip Chocolate Cookies << Yet one more way to to PB + Chocolate!

Double Chocolate Peppermint Surprise Cookies from Taste and Tell

Perfect Paleo Double Chocolate Cookies from Texanerin

Flourless Chocolate Mudslide Cookies from My Gluten Free Kitchen

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Chocolate Crinkle Cookies (Ultra Fudgy)

5 from 3 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Chill Time: 2 hours
Total: 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 28
It's not even Christmas with Chocolate Crinkle Cookies! They are just a classic. Chocolate Christmas cookies are a must on your cookie plate; they always seem to disappear first. This recipe is ultra fudgy and decadent because we're using cocoa AND baking chocolate!


  • 4 ounces Unsweetened Baking Chocolate
  • 1 & 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil, I like using Light Olive Oil*
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups flour, spooned and leveled
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 & 1/2 cups powdered sugar, (or more) for rolling dough


  • In small bowl, break the unsweetened chocolate bar into chunks. Microwave in 30 second increments until mostly melted with some lumps, then stir until smooth. (Chocolate scorches easily, so make sure to check on it often.) Set aside to cool slightly.
  • In a large bowl or stand mixer, add 1 and 1/2 cups granulated sugar, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, and 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder. Whisk together.
  • Add 1/2 cup oil and beat well, scraping sides.
  • Beat in the melted chocolate.
  • Beat in the 4 eggs one at a time, making sure each on gets incorporated well.
  • Add 2 teaspoons vanilla and beat.
  • Add the 2 cups of flour but don't stir it in yet. Make sure you spoon and level the flour!
  • Use a small spoon to stir the 2 teaspoons baking powder and 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt into the top of the flour.
  • Beat the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just combined. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl. Don't over mix but make sure all the white streaks are gone.
  • Cover the dough and chill completely, it should take about 2 hours.
  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a few baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  • Add some powdered sugar to a shallow bowl. Shape the dough into 1 and 1/2 inch balls, about the size of a walnut. Roll each ball in the powdered sugar, coating well.
  • Place each ball on the prepared baking sheets with about 2 inches in between each one.
  • Bake at 350 for 9-12 minutes. The cookies should look crackly and be set on the edges, but may still be quite soft. A tiny bit of shine in the center is okay, but not much.
  • The cookies will need at least 5-10 minutes to set up on the pan. These cookies are pretty delicate.
  • Use a spatula to remove the cookies to a cooling rack to cool completely. Eat these with lots of milk and DON'T breathe in when you take a bite, or you will inhale powdered sugar and choke half to death ;)


*Light olive oil refers to the flavor, not the calorie count. Sad, right?? :) Don't use extra virgin olive oil!


Serving: 1g | Calories: 176kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 104mg | Potassium: 70mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 39IU | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Calories: 176
Keyword: chocolate, Cookies, crinkle, Fudgy
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    1. Hi Jeni! Yes I think so! I would freeze them after baking to make sure they are good and sturdy. Then package them well so that when you shake the box they don’t move, use lots of bubble wrap! Enjoy!

  1. Does this come out crunchy on top and soft inside? I wanna try this and I want my crinkles with a hard crust. Thank you :)

  2. how do i know if the cookies are ready by 10to12 minutes? do i need to stick a toothpick and if it comes out clean it is good? or i don’t need to do that? because mine came out dry on the inside

    1. Hi Twinkle! The cookies should look crackly and be set on the edges, but may still be quite soft. A tiny bit of shine in the center is okay, but not much. The recommended bake time is 9-12 minutes. I’m sorry they came out dry! Is it possible your flour was packed?

  3. Hi Karen! I love your blog! Your posts are always so entertaining, hilarious even :) And every recipe I’ve made of yours has come out perfect! Thanks so much! Have a question though. What if I only have Sweet Chocolate for the Baking Chocolate in this recipe? I have unsweetened cocoa. But my chocolate is Baker’s German’s Sweet Chocolate. Can I use this and would I need to reduce the sugar in the recipe? Thanks so much.

    1. Hey Jennifer! Thank you so much! I’m so happy you are liking the blog, and not just the recipes :) Makes me to happy to hear that. Now about your question, sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you, did you already try it? And yes, since the chocolate you have is sweetened, I would cut the sugar. I would probably cut 1/2 cup of granulated sugar. Let me know how it goes!

  4. I put an alarm on my phone to go off around 10:30 pm, the kids should be in bed by then. And that way I didn’t forget to move the Elf!! Worked for us!! Hopefully it will help with you.

    1. Oh my gosh, I meant to write about that in the first place! I DO have a reminder on my phone and every night Eric and I sit in our living room and the alarm goes off and we’re both like, yeah we’ll do that. in just a minute. and then we don’t!! We’re so lame haha!!

  5. I just want to thank you for posting cookie recipes so often. You are making my life so much easier!! My Christmas baking will be a star thanks to you, Karen.

    1. Ah I’m so happy to hear that Pamala! Sometimes I wonder if I’m overloading everyone at the holidays :) I hope you are enjoying being in the kitchen!!

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