Here’s another easy and delicious cookie to add to your holiday baking list. This is what you call “an oldie but goodie.” Like my favorite Molasses Cookie, these have been a household favorite since I was a little girl. This recipe comes from the iconic Betty Crocker’s Cooky Book. If you did any baking in the 70’s or 80’s, you know the one I’m talking about.

As a young girl, I remember thumbing through my mom’s original copy picking out all the cookies I wanted to try. I grew up baking from this book. First published in 1963, this beloved book was out of print for many years. Much to my happiness, an authentic reproduction was released in 2002.


My mom always brings her copy over when we get together to do our annual holiday baking. I couldn’t resist snapping a photo of our books together. Hers is literally held together with tape and an elastic band. I’ve seen variations of these cookies with additions of chocolate chips or dried fruit and while I’m sure they are delicious, I can’t bring myself to try them. It sort of feels like betraying my childhood. Silly maybe, but why fix it if it aint broken?

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

This classic chocolate crinkle cookie is adjusted for high altitude kitchens. It's a staple in our house and made every Christmas. Chocolatey and perfect just the way it is!


  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 oz unsweetened chocolate, melted
  • 2 cups minus two tablespoons sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup powdered sugar


  1. Mix oil, melted chocolate and sugar.
  2. Blend in one egg at a time until well mixed. Add vanilla and stir in.
  3. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt into oil mixture; stir just until combined.
  4. Chill dough several hours or overnight.
  5. When ready to bake, heat oven to 350F degrees.
  6. Drop teaspoonfuls of dough into powdered sugar and roll to cover the entire ball of cookie dough.
  7. Place about 2 inches apart on greased baking sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutes until soft in the middle but set. Take care not to over bake.
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19 Responses to Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

  1. Cheryl says:

    I may have to try this recipe. I have tried crinkle cookies before and then never turn out for me. Shows you how bad I am at cooking.
    I have been looking all over for the coarse sugar you used on your molasses cookies and can’t find it! Where can I get some? Do I have to order it on the internet?

    • Do you chill the dough? I usually make the dough the night before I want to bake them. As far as the sugar, if you want just the white sugar you can order here, otherwise I found the multi colored sugar at Walmart. Wilton makes it! Good luck.

    • Tera says:

      I love that site! And as weird as it sounds, I’ll bet cohcolate dipped bacon is good! I had just heard about chicken-fried bacon last week… may have to try that this weekend!

  2. Shelly McFalls says:

    YES! I still have this cookbook…and that is my FAVORITE cookie recipe! They are like little brownies rolled in powdered sugar. (and it is VERY important that you do not overbake) And yes, there are variations of the recipe floating around out there, but don’t be fooled! THIS is the recipe to have….it’s a little piece of chocolate heaven in your hand….mmmmmmm.

  3. Victoria says:

    Hey, I want to make these but I’m wondering if they are chewy!! I love chewy!

  4. Kristie says:

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. I’m going to make these for a cookie exchange. How many cookies does this recipe yield? Thanks!

  5. Kristie says:

    Thank you! That helps me out a bunch! 🙂

  6. D. Walker says:

    Why do some of your recipes have a “Save Recipe” link and others do not? Am I doing something wrong?

    • Kelley says:

      You’re not doing anything wrong. I recently starting using ziplist and not all recipes have been updated and entered. I’m slowly but surely working on it!

  7. Jeri says:

    OMG these are amazing!!! Made them today and could hardly wait till they cooled off enough to try one. Thank you for this and all the high-altitude recipes. BTW your lemon bars have become my husbands favorite.

  8. Mitzi Young says:

    My chocolate crinkles turned out comletely flat! Help!

  9. Staci says:

    Thank you so much for great cooking & baking recipes! Your crinkle cookies are on my list to make this weekend. I am not at high altitude – do I need to re-adjust the recipe for lower elevation? Thank you!

  10. […] start messing with an original. Especially when its a recipe as tried and true as my mom’s Chocolate Crinkle Cookies. As much as I love the original, I hate using canola or vegetable oil for the fat. It was the first […]

  11. InspireJanay says:

    I’m making these today and want to give some out as gifts. How many does this recipe yield?

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