From the Recipe Box: Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

by sous-chef on June 16, 2011

Near the end of a lazy, do-nothing summer day, the Kitchenarian approached me with the task of baking something sweet. While I am sure it was a plot to keep me occupied and do something productive that day, the Kitchenarian is also a big advocate of keeping homemade sweets in stock instead of store bought processed desserts. Our cookie tins were looking pretty empty.

As usual, I complied with her wishes. What else is a daughter to do? I found a recipe to a cookie I’d been thinking of trying, and then rounded up the help of my youngest brother. We were off to make a mess of the kitchen yet again! I hadn’t baked any new cookie recipes in a while, so I was determined to do this right.

These cookies were an absolute dream to work with. The dough came out perfect, they didn’t flatten in the oven, and they cooked perfectly- just crisp enough on the outside, but wonderfully fudgy on the inside. It was definitely one of those magical kitchen experiences, the ones when I am reassured that this is what I am good at doing. As I told my brother when we ate the first cookies fresh out of the oven, I could have eaten ten of them right on the spot! Powdered sugar still clouded the air around us (what a mess!), but I was happy that I had found my perfect chocolate cookie.


2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
9 tablespoons (1 stick plus 1 tablespoon) unsalted butter
6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 ¾ cups sugar
2 eggs
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
½ cup powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350F. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder, then set aside. Melt the butter in microwave or in small saucepan, and then add in the cocoa powder. Let cool. Pour butter mixture into large bowl. Add the sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer until smooth. Beat in the flour mixture, and the resulting dough will be soft.

Roll into walnut-sized balls of dough and then bake for 8-10 minutes. Tops of cookies should be broken and crinkled looking. Let cool and then dust the tops of cookies with powdered sugar until the cracks are filled. Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

Recipe from The Best Bake Sale Ever Cookbook by Barbara Grunes.

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torviewtoronto June 16, 2011 at 12:01 pm

this is deliciously done looks wonderful


Steph@stephsbitebybite June 16, 2011 at 12:04 pm

We make these cookies at Christmas time, they’re one of my favs!! These cookies have me craving Christmas now!!


Nelly Rodriguez June 16, 2011 at 12:16 pm

yum, this look so good next to that glass of milk!


Tina@flourtrader June 16, 2011 at 1:47 pm

Like the way the sugar fills the cracks! What is not to like about a fudgy cookie-Yum!


Liz June 16, 2011 at 3:13 pm

Great cookies, Sous Chef! My family would love these…especially after hearing they have fudgy centers…yum.


Raquel @ Erecipe June 16, 2011 at 11:14 pm

chocolate crinkles are one my youngest daughter favorites, she always wanted me to buy from a local baker store, now I will try this and lets hear from her judgement =)


Happy When Not Hungry June 17, 2011 at 8:47 am

My mom used to make these cookies at Christmas and I haven’t had them in years. I def need to try making these! They look fantastic 🙂


Elyse @The Cultural Dish June 17, 2011 at 9:47 am

These are sooooo good! Your photos look awesome!


yummychunklet June 17, 2011 at 10:12 am

These crinkle cookies look fun and better with the powdered sugar sprinkling. I’ve seen others without it and it looks like the cookies are underdone. Great post!


Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts June 17, 2011 at 5:58 pm

I love chocolate crinkle cookies. It has been years since I have had one. Looks delicious!


Chef Dennis June 18, 2011 at 7:29 am

those cookies look delicious! I would love to have a plateful this morning with my coffee! You gotta love chocolate cookies!

Reply June 18, 2011 at 9:53 am

You are such a great daughter! 🙂 And a wonderful sous chef – these cookies look delicious! I love the powdered sugar in the cracks…beautiful job!

Congrats on Top 9!!!


kitchenarian June 18, 2011 at 11:32 am

Congratulations Sous Chef on your Top 9! I am so proud. Those cookies are a true winner, but we need to talk about the mess you made in the kitchen! 🙂


Kim - Liv Life June 18, 2011 at 12:15 pm

OOHH!!! These so deserve their spot on the Top 9!! I’m with the Kitchenarian… I’ve been plotting to keep my daughter busy too and it frequently involves projects in the kitchen. Seems she likes powdered sugar just like you do! Oh… and about the clean up… yep, you two would work well together!
Love these little gems, I printed them out for my daughter to give a go at too! Nicely done.


Peggy June 18, 2011 at 12:35 pm

These are loaded with chocolate and sound so delicious! Love the presentation too =)


Emma June 18, 2011 at 9:58 pm

Just made these for my families and they loved them! The center was so gooey and delicious but the final product didn’t look as good as the one’s in the picture. Oh well taste defiantly overruled looks!


kitchenarian June 18, 2011 at 11:07 pm

I am so glad you liked them. They didn’t last long in our house!


Ellis June 18, 2011 at 10:50 pm

Amazingly good! I just made them with 2 of my daughters. My husband liked them 2. Liked the simple recipe, the texture of the outside and the inside is very good. I’m definitely going to pass it on.


kitchenarian June 18, 2011 at 11:08 pm

Thank you for letting me know. A cookie that is delicious AND easy is the best kind.


Irena June 19, 2011 at 1:56 pm

Bookmarking this recipe…..sounds and looks like a winner cookie to me:)


Felice - All That's Left Are The Crumbs June 20, 2011 at 2:56 am

These are one of my favorite cookies to make. Thanks for reminding me that I shouldn’t wait until Christmas to make them, I should be enjoying them year-round.


doyle October 24, 2011 at 7:17 am

Good recipe. Thanks.


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