Chocolate Crinkles for the tired Santas

These were part of the take-home treat boxes we gave out on Christmas day. Oh so lovely: a little bitter chocolate with a soft chewy center merged with all the sugary sweetness of sugar when you bite it.


Chocolate Crinkles

These were part of the take-home treat boxes we gave out to the “tired Santas” (a.k.a. parents and grandparents) on Christmas day. They are just one of my favorite cookies and I desperately tried to replicate them twice years ago but my efforts were futile. But didn’t they say three’s a charm? My third attempt at it last Christmas Eve was close enough to the crinkles that I’ve been used to. Oh so lovely: a little bitter chocolate with a soft chewy center merged with all the sugary sweetness of sugar when you bite it. It’s hello to many Christmases all over again.

Try these indulgent cookies but don’t hate me if you get hooked. Enjoy!

Chocolate Crinkles
adapted from Betty Crocker’s recipe

Prep Time:1 hr 30 min
Start to Finish:3 hr 45 min
Makes: around 50 cookies 3-inch cookies (from tablespoon-size dough balls)

1/2 cup vegetable oil
4 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate, melted and cooled
2 cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
4 eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup powdered sugar


1. Mix oil, chocolate, granulated sugar and vanilla in large bowl. Mix in eggs, one at a time. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt. Cover and refrigerate at least 3 hours.

2. Heat oven to 350ºF. Grease cookie sheet.

3. Drop dough balls by plastic tablespoonfuls into powdered sugar in a gallon size ziploc bag to. Let the balls roll around to coat and fish out carefully with a slotted spoon. . Place about 2 inches apart on cookie sheet.

4. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until almost no imprint remains when touched lightly in center. Remove from cookie sheet. Cool on wire rack.

Nutrition Information:
1 Serving: Calories 70 (Calories from Fat 25 ); Total Fat 3 g (Saturated Fat 1 g); Cholesterol 10 mg; Sodium 35 mg; Total Carbohydrate 10 g (Dietary Fiber 0g); Protein 1 g Percent Daily Value*: Vitamin A 0%; Vitamin C 0%; Calcium 0%; Iron 2 % Exchanges: 1/2 Starch; 1/2 Fat
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Joy’s Notes:

1. I refrigerated mine for 24 hours.
2. Use the plastic measuring tablespoon with a spoon to scoop and shape the dough into balls.
3. This recipe is a tad sweet if you’re not big on really sweet stuff. I personally think that you can remove 1/4-1/8 cup of granulated sugar and it should still be fine. The powdered sugar covering the cookie will make up for sweetness.
4. My cookies were done in 10 minutes. And they were mighty soft and chewy just like I want them.
5. Before packing/storing, tap some of the excess powdered sugar. The dough ball is very sticky before baking so there is a lot of excess sugar there that you can do away with.

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  • January 14, 2008 5:27 pm

    Those look downright delicious. I had some Chocolate Crinkles at the Alice Waters event I went to and they were phenomenal!

  • January 15, 2008 3:43 am

    I deeply love these cookies – I wish I could grab some!

  • joy
    January 15, 2008 5:16 pm

    Hillary – You’re so lucky! Well, if it’s any consolation, I’m sure Alice’s chocolate crinkles were phenomenal. :)

    Patricia – Try making them. :-) You won’t be disappointed.

  • Susan
    January 17, 2008 7:58 am

    I took out 1/4 c sugar, but the problem with these cookies is they weren’t chocolatey enough for me. Also, the powdered sugar burned the bottom of the cookies at 350, so I turned down the oven to 325 for the last batch and they were/are soft and very chewy, but lacking in flavor. They’re just sweet. Perhaps a boost of some instant espresso would bring out the nice cocoa flavor in the chocolate.

  • joy
    January 17, 2008 8:52 am

    Susan — What baking chocolate did you use and what cookie sheet? I used an insulated cookie sheet. Now that I think about it, I think that would have made a lot of difference when it came to the burning. Mine did not burn at all. Chocolate crinkles are not really chocolat-y in the sense of like, triple chocolate chip cookie or brownie.

  • Rachelle Leah
    January 27, 2008 12:47 am

    Hi there…Man i just love your blog, keep the cool posts about comin..holy Sunday .

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