Chocolate Crinkle Cookies from Scratch*

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies from Scratch

Tomorrow I have to wake up before the sun comes up to drive my family (Dad, Mom & Sister) to the airport. They are headed off for a week vacation to beautiful Colorado. I will NOT be getting on the plane, instead I will be coming back home to work.

Somehow, that feels very very wrong (said in the Elmer Fudd voice).Β I have thought about making them late for the airport just to prove my point, but I am still slightly scared of my mother — especially when she is mad and trapped in traffic with me.

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies from Scratch

The only thing that might get me through the week is remembering when my sister almost died eating one of these cookies. Ok fine, died is a little melodramatic. It’s more like, she was making fun of me while taking a big bite…and when she breathed in powdered sugar coated the back of her throat.

Ever had that happen to you? You can’t breath or cough and your eyes just keep watering. It’s awful when it happens to you, but hysterical when it happens to someone else. Which is exactly why I will be remembering it all week long while she is laying pool side.


Oh and by the way, these cookies? Ya they rock. They are like soft pillow-y chocolate sugar bombs. Just make sure and don’t breath in while you are in mid bite. You might almost die. Maybe.


P.S. This post is full of half sarcasms. I love my family, but I won’t like them until they are back here suffering — like me. πŸ˜‰


Chocolate Crinkle Cookies from Scratch

Yield: 18 Cookies


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar


Preheat the oven to 350Β°F. Move racks to the center of the oven. Line two cookie sheets with parchment. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

In stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and mix in vanilla extract. With the mixer on low, slowly add in the flour mixture. Mix until just combined.

Using 1 heaping tablespoon of dough, shape the dough into balls or you can use a ice cream scoop to form the balls.

Place the powdered sugar to a shallow bowl. Roll 1 heaping tablespoon of dough into a ball and then roll the dough balls in the powdered sugar to coat them (the dough is going to be super sticky and hard to actually "roll" into a ball - just do the best you can, I promise they will turn out right!). Place on the prepared cookie sheets, leaving 2 inches for spreading.

Bake for 10-12 minutes - until the cookies spread and the tops crack. Remove from the oven and leave them on the cookie sheets for 5 minutes and then transfer to finish cooling on a baking rack.

Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

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27 Responses to “Chocolate Crinkle Cookies from Scratch”

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    Renee @ Awesome on $20 — July 9, 2013 @ 12:13 am

    It’s nice to know I’m not the only one with envy issues. πŸ˜‰ But why do you have cookies and I don’t? That’s not fair. I hope they bring you back some awesome presents.

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    Marcie@FlavortheMoments — July 9, 2013 @ 12:25 am

    I LOVE crinkle cookies and yours look perfect. Love that they’re from scratch!

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    Heather of Kitchen Concoctions — July 9, 2013 @ 2:09 am

    Choking on powdered sugar is the worst! Oh… and I totally feel your pain about the whole missing out on the vacation thing! We had a super awesome vacation planned for this summer and due to several unforeseen circumstances we can’t go as planned. : ( Boo!

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    simo — July 9, 2013 @ 2:36 am

    sono semplicemente strepitosi!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — July 9, 2013 @ 7:38 am

    These are one of my favorite cookies!! Lovely recipe!

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    Tieghan — July 9, 2013 @ 9:27 am

    These are gorgeous and have the perfect crinkle! Must make soon!

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    Mimi @ Culinary Couture — July 9, 2013 @ 2:44 pm

    LOL oh god, choking on powdered sugar is the worst. These look scrumptious though so I’m willing to take the risk!

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    Tammy — July 9, 2013 @ 3:26 pm

    was just wondering if the flour amount is correct? I just made up a batch of these but I needed to add about 1 cup more flour then it called for in able to roll them into a ball. Just baking the first sheet now, they look and smell wonderful though…


    • Jessica replied: — July 11th, 2013 @ 2:59 pm

      Hey Tammy!

      Yes it is correct – it makes a super sticky dough. I know it’s a pain to try to form into a ball, but once it hits the powdered sugar it is easier to form into a blob!

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    Valerie Moulton — July 9, 2013 @ 4:43 pm

    Oh my goodness! I’d love to go out choking on powdered sugar… a close runner up is cinnamon dashed every so heavily on top of a hot, foamy breve. Sucking up foam like an ant eater to detour scorched lips results in cinnamon inhalation straight to the bronchial tubes! Gulp.

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    emily — July 9, 2013 @ 4:46 pm

    baking powder or baking soda? you say baking powder in the ingredients but baking soda in the directions..

    • Jessica replied: — July 11th, 2013 @ 2:59 pm

      UGH. This is why I should not be allowed to write posts late at night. Baking POWDER! Thanks for catching it!

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    Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts — July 9, 2013 @ 7:23 pm

    Ugh, my family always decides to take two week vacations in the middle of September when I’ve got classes and I can usually only get away for a few days. These cookies look fabulous though! πŸ˜‰

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    Joanne — July 9, 2013 @ 8:45 pm

    I totally know the feeling. My brother went to Argentina once while I was stuck in med school. Very not fair.

    At least you have cookies!!

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    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — July 9, 2013 @ 9:07 pm

    Oh gosh, that powdered sugar choking thing is THE WORST. But totally hilarious when someone else is doing it πŸ˜‰ These cookies look so yum!

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    Megan {Country Cleaver} — July 9, 2013 @ 11:35 pm

    I hate powdered sugar coughs!! It’s only funny when it doesn’t happen to you. Because when it does you feel like you’re gonna DIEEE!! I’d take my chances on these cookies :)

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    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — July 10, 2013 @ 2:44 am

    Sarcasm is cool, I like it…I like these cookies too as a matter of fact!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — July 10, 2013 @ 1:20 pm

    These are awesome, Jess! Not so awesome is that you’re not going on that vacation. But! At least you have homemade cookies. They’ll have to buy theirs from a store. Boo.

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    ErinsFoodFiles — July 10, 2013 @ 10:25 pm

    I have missed many a vacation due to work. :( Mexico & Montana are the most memorable. When my family went to Montana on vacation, I didn’t even find out they were going until 2 days before they left. NO FREAKING JOKE. They said they knew I was busy and that I wouldn’t be able to go, and they just forgot to mention it.

    Anywhoo… these look delish, as always!

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — July 10, 2013 @ 11:52 pm

    I know how you feel, my mother and father-in-law are taking my sister-in-law and her family to Hawaii in a few weeks and my husband and I aren’t going. Of course they offered, but I’m swamped at work and my husband doesn’t like flying. Oh well!

    I think I will make these to make myself feel better! They look perfect.

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    Nutmeg Nanny — July 13, 2013 @ 9:30 pm

    These cookies look perfect :) I feel like I cant already taste them!

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    Margaret — July 14, 2013 @ 9:00 am

    Thanks for that recipe, it is indeed very simple and so delicious!!

  21. 21

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    mom — July 16, 2013 @ 10:07 pm

    Thank you for the rides punkin!! These cookies look yummy :)

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    Nina — October 8, 2013 @ 10:23 am

    What kind of cocoa powder did you use? Also, would it be okay if I used Hershey’s Special Dark?

    • Jessica replied: — October 17th, 2013 @ 12:41 pm

      Hi Nina!

      I use Ghirardelli, but Hershey’s will work just fine! :-)

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