Chocolate crinkle cookies

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Chocolate crinkle cookies

A rich chocolate cookie with a sweet sugar coating

Do you know how you can tell when a recipe is a winner? When you ask a smartphone distracted teenager to have a taste, and she does, and she then looks up from Tik Tok long enough to exclaim, “Oh man! These are really good!”. That, dear friends, was how we knew that this recipe for chocolate crinkle cookies was post-worthy.

How best to describe the taste of this popular Christmas cookie that is more informative than “Oh man!”? Well, if you live in Canada and have ever visited a Tim Hortons the same teenager said that these cookies taste like the chocolate timbits from this favourite coffee shop – but better (sorry Tim).

Chocolate crinkle cookies

The reason these cookies are so delicious is their deep chocolate flavour, their almost fudge-like texture and their sweet sugary coating. It’s a good thing that they are quick and easy to whip up because those you bake to gift in Christmas cookie baskets may be too hard to resist. We’re already on our third batch of these cookies, and we have yet to give away a single one. Judge us if you want. We’ll just be sitting here nibbling on more of these chocolate crinkle cookies.

Helpful hints

The recipe says to melt the chocolate in a double boiler. What exactly is a double boiler?

A double boiler, or bain-marie, is a special piece of kitchen equipment that is like a heated bath; it is used to melt ingredients or to bring them up to a certain temperature slowly and evenly. Although you can purchase an actual double boiler – personally we think that this is only a good option if you have unlimited funds and unlimited kitchen storage space, or if you are a chocolatier.

How can I make my own bain-marie?

To make your own bain-marie at home simply use a saucepan and a heat-proof bowl that covers the top of your saucepan. Place a few inches of water in your pot and nestle the bowl over your pot; be sure that the water does not touch the bottom of your bowl – you want your chocolate (in the case of this recipe) to melt with the heat created by the steam and not the hot water directly). As well, be sure that your bowl fits snugly in your pot because you don’t want any of the steam which is created to escape.

How can I melt chocolate in a bain-marie?

Once you have set up your bain-marie or double boiler as described above, place your chocolate into the bowl and turn the heat on to medium. Use a whisk to stir the chocolate as it starts to melt due to the steam. Once your chocolate has completely melted, turn off the heat and remove the bowl from the top of your saucepan – carefully! The bowl will be hot, and you don’t want to get burned by any escaping steam.

Chocolate crinkle cookies

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Chocolate crinkle cookies

A rich chocolate cookie with a crispy sugar coated exterior
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Resting time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 35 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cookies, chocolate crinkle cookies, chocolate cookies
Servings: 26 cookies
Author: Mia Kouppa


  • Stand mixer
  • Baking tray


  • 6 oz dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1 1/4 cup ( 187 grams) all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup (90 grams) cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup (100 grams) packed brown or golden sugar
  • 3/4 cup (150 grams) granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs large
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the topping

  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar for rolling
  • 1 cup (130 grams) icing sugar for rolling


  • In a double boiler, melt the chopped dark chocolate. Alternatively, you can melt the chocolate in the microwave. Let cool while you prepare the next steps.
  • Combine the dry ingredients: flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Whisk to combine.
  • In a stand mixer using the paddle attachment, beat together the oil and the brown sugar and granulated sugar on medium speed for about 2 minutes. It will look crystallized.
  • Add the eggs, and vanilla. Mix on medium-low until combined.
  • Next add in the melted dark chocolate and mix on low speed until fully combined.
  • With the mixer still on low speed slowly add in the flour mixture. Beat until just well combined. The cookie dough will be stiff and slightly sticky.
  • Place the cookie dough in a clean bowl, cover it with plastic wrap, so that the wrap touches the dough; and refrigerate for 2 hours. This will help prevent the cookies from expanding and spreading out too much while baking.
  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. While your oven is preheating, let your dough sit out at room temperature for 10-15 minutes.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. For each cookies, take a heaping tablespoon of dough and form a ball. Roll the cookie dough ball first in the granulated sugar, then in the icing sugar, till completely and thoroughly covered. Place the balls 3 inches apart on the baking pan. (Rolling the cookie dough first with granulated sugar, was a tip we learned from the baking queen, Sally's Baking Addiction.)
  • Bake the cookies for approximately 12 minutes. Remove the cookies from the oven and let them rest on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring then to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Enjoy!

2 thoughts on “Chocolate crinkle cookies

  1. We’ve always wanted to make these and knew yours would be a recipe we could trust! They came out great!!

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