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Soft Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
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Soft and Chewy Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

This recipe for Soft and Chewy Chocolate Crinkle Cookies is a version of the classic. The cookies are made with cocoa powder and melted chocolate, and oil makes the cookies soft and chewy.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Chill1 hr
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate Cookie, Chocolate Crinkle Cookie, Holiday Cookie
Servings: 22 Cookies
Author: Erin Cernich


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, Dutch process
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 and 1/4 cups brown sugar dark or light work
  • 1/4 cup canola oil or any neutral oil
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar


  • Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 350F degrees.   Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats.  
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, oil, eggs, and vanilla extract until mixed and smooth.
  • Using a spatula, gently fold in the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until no flour streaks remain.  Fold in the chocolate chips until just incorporated. Cover and refrigerate the dough for at least 1 hour.
  • In a shallow dish, spread the confectioners' sugar.  Using a small cookie scoop, drop 2-tablespoons of rounded dough into sugar and roll to coat.  Space cookie dough balls evenly, about 2 inches apart, on prepared baking sheets.
  • Bake cookies 1 sheet at a time until they puff up and 'crack' - about 10-12 minutes.  The centers should be soft and will even look a bit under-baked.  Rotate baking sheet half-way through baking time to bake evenly.  
  • Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet set on a wire cooling rack for about 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.  Enjoy!