Christmas Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

The holiday season is the perfect time to indulge in sweet treats that bring joy to every gathering. These Christmas Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are a festive addition to your dessert table, featuring a rich cocoa flavor and a delightful crinkled appearance.

Christmas Chocolate Crinkles

Get ready to impress your friends and family with this easy-to-follow recipe that combines the goodness of chocolate and the magic of Christmas!


1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light or dark brown sugar
1 large egg, at room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour (spooned & leveled)
1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons unsweetened natural cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup mini or regular size semi-sweet chocolate chips


3 Tablespoons granulated sugar
1 cup confectioners’ sugar, for rolling

Christmas Chocolate Crinkle Cookies Recipe

1. Preheat and Prepare

Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. This ensures that the cookies won’t stick and makes for easy cleanup.

2. Cream the Butter and Sugars

In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy. This process should take about 2-3 minutes.

3. Add the Wet Ingredients

Add the egg and vanilla extract to the butter-sugar mixture. Beat until well combined.

4. Sift the Dry Ingredients

In a separate bowl, sift together the all-purpose flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing just until combined.

5. Incorporate Chocolate Chips

Fold in the chocolate chips, ensuring an even distribution throughout the cookie dough.

6. Rolling the Dough

To achieve that classic crinkle effect, roll the cookie dough into balls, about 1 inch in diameter. Roll each ball in granulated sugar first, ensuring it’s fully coated, and then roll it in confectioners’ sugar until generously covered.

7. Bake to Perfection

Place the sugar-coated dough balls on the prepared baking sheet, leaving enough space between each for spreading. Bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are set but the centers are still soft.

Raw Chocolate Crinkles

8. Cool and Enjoy

Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely. The crinkles will become more pronounced as they cool.

These Christmas Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are sure to become a holiday favorite.