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These chocolate crinkle cookies are a chocolate lovers dream, with a fudgy, brownie-like texture on the inside and a sweet crackly surface! Made with boxed brownie mix, semi-sweet chocolate chips, and dusted with a light powdered sugar coating, they’re sure to satisfy your sweet tooth!
If you’re one of those people who thinks that chocolate should be a major food group, these chocolate crinkles may just be your new favorite cookie. With an intense chocolate sweetness and a unique texture that’s both crispy and chewy at the same time, this recipe combines everything we love about a brownie and a cookie into one delicious dessert.
Chocolate crinkle cookies get their name from the cracks that form on the powdered sugar surface of the cookie during baking. This produces a crinkled appearance that shows off the fudgy chocolate center of the cookie and makes them look as delicious as they taste.
Along with our red velvet crinkle cookies, these are among our favorite Christmas cookies. But there’s no reason you need to wait for Christmas to enjoy the chocolatey, fudgy deliciousness. These cookies are a crowd pleaser that’s perfect for just about any occasion. Make them for your next cookie exchange or bring them to a party and they’re sure to steal the show. Or just make a batch all for yourself the next time those chocolate cravings hit – no sharing required!
Why We Love This Recipe
It’s easy – chocolate crinkle cookies contain only seven ingredients, and they start with boxed brownie mix. You can buy your favorite brand or just use whatever kind you happen to have on hand. Either way, no one will ever know that these contain a boxed mix. It’s also suitable for even beginner-level bakers, so feel free to let the kids help.
It’s fast – the dough comes together in just twenty minutes and only needs about 12 minutes to bake, so your cookies are done in just over half an hour. Be warned though – the five minutes while you’re waiting for them to cool may be a really long five minutes.
It’s two desserts in one – Can’t decide whether you want cookies or brownies? Perfect – make some cookies that taste like brownies! This recipe really is the ultimate multitasker. With their crisp exterior and fudgy center, these chocolate brownie cookies truly satisfy the craving for both sweet treats at the same time.
- 1 box brownie mix
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. Instant coffee
- 2 large eggs
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- ½ cup powdered sugar
How To Make Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare a cookie sheet by lining it with parchment paper.
Step 2: In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients (brownie mix, flour, and instant coffee) and mix well. You can also use instant espresso powder in place of the coffee.
Step 3: Add eggs to the flour mixture.
Step 4: Add the vegetable oil and mix until the wet ingredients are completely mixed with the dry. You can use a hand mixer or an electric mixer for this part. Note: the dough will be thick.
Step 5: Fold the chocolate chips into the dough.
Step 6: Mix well, then cover bowl and chill dough for approximately two hours. This will make the sticky dough easier to work with.
Step 7: One chilled, roll dough into 1-inch balls using the palm of your hands. You can also use a small cookie scoop for this step. Each cookie should contain about 1-2 tablespoons of dough.
Step 8: Pour the powdered sugar (also called confectioners’ sugar) into a small bowl and roll each of the cookie dough balls in the powdered sugar until fully covered.
Step 9: Transfer dough balls to the lined baking sheet and place about one inch apart. Bake for 11-13 minutes.
Step 10: Once finished, remove the baked cookies from the oven and allow to cool for at least 5 minutes.
Step 11: Serve and enjoy!
Fun Fact: Chocolate crinkle cookies get their name from the cracks that form on the powdered sugar surface of the cookie during baking. This produces a crinkled appearance that shows off the fudgy chocolate center of the cookie and makes them look as delicious as they taste.
Tips and Tricks
- It’s important to chill the dough before shaping it into cookies. This will make it easier to work with than room temperature dough, and it will also prevent your cookies from spreading too much as they bake.
- If you prefer a soft and chewy cookie, you’ll want to stay closer to 11 minutes, while baking for 13 minutes will yield a similar texture as the edge piece of a brownie.
- Before you roll the cookie balls into the powdered sugar coating, be sure to sift the powdered sugar to remove any lumps
- Feel free to get creative with the mix-ins and add your favorite flavors to change things up for different occasions. Both white chocolate and peanut butter chips would be a great addition to this recipe. And if you’re making these for Christmas, you can add peppermint extract.
- The instant coffee (or instant espresso powder) is one of the keys to the delicious flavor of this chocolate crinkle cookie recipe. It’s totally worth making a trip to the store if you don’t have any on hand. Although you can’t actually taste the coffee, it really brings out the intensity and sweetness of the chocolate. And the best part – it will have everyone trying to figure out your secret ingredient that makes these so addictive!
Chocolate crinkle cookies should be stored at room temperature in an airtight container. They’ll keep for 4-5 days – if you can manage to make them last that long!
You sure can. Just make sure you let them cool completely on a wire rack first. Place the cookies in freezer bags with parchment paper between layers. They’ll keep in the freezer for up to three months.
When you’re ready to eat them, thaw at room temperature. You may also want to add more powdered sugar before serving.
If you love chocolate as much as we do, you should check out this amazing Chocolate Lasagna recipe.
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Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare a cookie sheet by lining it with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, or the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the dry ingredients (brownie mix, flour, and instant coffee). You can also use instant espresso powder in place of the coffee.1 box brownie mix, 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon instant coffee
- Add eggs to the flour mixture.2 large eggs
- Add the vegetable oil and mix until everything is well incorporated. You can use a hand mixer or an electric mixer for this part. Note: the dough will be thick.1/3 cup vegetable oil
- Fold the chocolate chips into the dough.1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Mix well, then cover bowl and chill dough for approximately two hours.
- One the dough is chilled, begin rolling it into balls using the palm of your hands. You can also use a small cookie scoop for this step. Each cookie should contain about 1-2 tablespoons of dough.
- Pour the powdered sugar into a small bowl and roll each of the cookie dough balls in the powdered sugar until fully covered.1/2 cup powdered sugar
- Place the cookie balls on prepared baking sheets about one inch apart. Bake for 11-13 minutes.
- Once finished, remove the baked cookies from the oven and allow to cool for at least 5 minutes.
- Serve and enjoy!
- Don't forget to chill the dough before shaping it into cookies. It makes the dough easier to work with and also helps prevent the cookies from spreading.
- Before rolling the cookie balls in powdered sugar coating, be sure to remove lumps by sifting it first.
- For softer, chewier cookies, bake time should stay around 11 minutes. For texture that resembles the edge of a brownie, increase baking time to 13 minutes.