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Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

August 11, 2015

Crunchy on the outside and fudgy on the inside, these sugar-coated cookies are a chocolate lover’s dream. They are also perfect for the holidays!

Crunchy on the outside and super fudgy on the inside, these crinkle cookies are a chocolate lover’s dream. |

This has been a crazy month of birthday celebrations, starting with a girls’ night out, followed by a surprise trip from Erez to Amsterdam (isn’t he the greatest?), and ending with a girls’ plus boys’ night out which included many, many cookies. Among those sweets were these crinkle cookies that my friend Rene said I’d have to try. It’s no wonder why we’re best friends. She knows the way to my heart.

Crunchy on the outside and super fudgy on the inside, these crinkle cookies are a chocolate lover’s dream. |

So what makes these cookies so good? These cookies have lots of chocolate in them. You can use semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate. The recipe also includes ground almonds, which give a nice flavor and subtle crunch. Use blanched almonds and process them in the food processor just until they’re finely ground; don’t over-process them. The outside texture of these cookies is a bit crunchy with the inside being soft and fudgy.

Booze it up. I’ve tasted these cookies with different liquors and alcohol flavors that compliment chocolate, and it really adds a nice touch. Add it or leave out it—whichever you prefer.

Double the sugar, double the joy. These cookies are rolled in powdered sugar. For that reason, the cookies themselves don’t contain a lot of sugar. During baking, the sugar causes the cookies to crack, creating their uniquely beautiful appearance.

These cookies need some chilling time, but they are worth it, I promise. Usually an hour is enough, but even longer would be preferable so that the cookies bake up thick. I usually leave mine in the fridge overnight and bake them first thing in the morning, then eat 10 for breakfast.

Don’t overbake. We usually tend to overbake cookies because, while inside the oven, they don’t look done even when they actually are. Keep in mind that they keep cooking while on the warm baking sheet, and firm up once cooled. Overbaking these cookies will make them dry out and lose their amazing fudgy texture, so bake them just until they are cracked and puffed, and the edges appear done. The center should remain soft.

Crunchy on the outside and super fudgy on the inside, these crinkle cookies are a chocolate lover’s dream. |

5 from 3 votes
Crunchy on the outside and super fudgy on the inside, these crinkle cookies are a chocolate lover’s dream. |
Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
YIELD: 30 cookies
Crunchy on the outside and fudgy on the inside, these sugar-coated cookies are a chocolate lover’s dream. They are also perfect for the holidays!

  • 230 g/8 oz dark chocolate , roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick/55 g) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup (70 g/3.5 oz) all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 2/3 cup (60 g/2.1 oz) almond meal
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup (100 g/3.5 oz) granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) Irish cream, or coffee or almond liquor, optional
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (100 g/3.5 oz) sifted powdered sugar, for rolling
  1. Place butter and chocolate in a heat-proof bowl and microwave in 20 or 30-second increments, stirring between each, until melted. Alternatively, melt butter and chocolate over a double boiler. Do not overheat.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, ground almonds, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whisk eggs and sugar on high speed until fluffy and foamy and pale yellow. Reduce speed to medium or medium-high and slowly add the chocolate mixture, then the vanilla extract and liquor. Add the flour mixture and mix just until combined. The batter will be too runny at this point, so place it in the fridge for 60 minutes or longer until it firms up.
  4. Preheat oven to 350F/175C degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  5. Place powdered sugar a small bowl.
  6. Using a teaspoon or an ice-cream scoop (I used this one), scoop 1 inch/2.5 cm rounded pieces of dough, and roll them into balls between your hands. Roll each ball generously in powdered sugar, and place on prepared baking sheets, spacing them 2 inches apart.
  7. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until cookies are cracked and still soft in the center. Overbaking the cookies will make them dry. Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheets for 10 minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  8. Cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 3 days.


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  • Reply
    August 12, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    These cookies look downright dreamy! I’m practically drooling just looking at those fudgy centers. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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      August 14, 2015 at 9:33 am

      Thank you so much! 🙂

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    August 17, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    איזה יופיייייי של עוגיות
    מאד אוהבת, אבל האמת היא שעוד לא יצא לי להכין כאלה
    אני גם בטוחה שהן לא תחזקנה מעמד הרבה זמן במידה ואכין…. 🙂

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    December 18, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    Hi! Thanks for the recipe. Im making these for someone with a nut allergy. If I omit the almonds should I had more flour? Thank you!

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      December 18, 2015 at 5:16 pm

      Hi Leanna! Yes, you can substitute it with more all-purpose flour – use a total of 1 cup (or a bit more if the dough would be too sticky). Also, increase the amount of butter to 4 tablespoons (55g) instead of 3. Good luck 🙂

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    September 7, 2016 at 1:23 am

    Hi shiran! Can i use a dutch cocoa instead of dark chocolate?

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      September 7, 2016 at 4:38 am

      Hi Rona, unfortunately, the dark chocolate can’t be substituted for cocoa powder.

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    Tanisha Bhuraria
    October 24, 2017 at 1:49 am

    Hi! These are absolutely gorgeous n yumm! I would want to try them today!! Just one query … do they stay well only for 3 days or can be stored for more??

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      October 24, 2017 at 6:44 am

      They freeze well so you can keep them in the freezer for a month or even two. When you want some, allow it to reach room temperature or warm it in the oven.

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    December 26, 2017 at 8:56 am

    Just made them, they’re so moist and delicious!
    Thank you for the great recipe:)
    X from Belgium

    • Reply
      December 26, 2017 at 9:54 am

      Thank you Marjon!

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    October 4, 2018 at 8:38 pm

    Hi Shiran! I made these today but cut everything by half since I only had around 150g of chocolate. I put them in the oven (175ºC) for 8 minutes, and had to leave them in longer because they were literally raw. I did everything as you suggested, and placed the batter in the fridge for 1 hour, but they didn’t quite bake even in 10mins! It was as if I had put them in for 1 minute only. :s Suggestions??
    Looove your website! 😀 Keep up the good work!

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      October 7, 2018 at 7:30 am

      Hi Marta, every oven is different, so this can happen. Also, if you opened the oven door a few times to check if the cookies are done, that will increase the baking time, because every time you open it, the temperature drops. And thank you! 🙂

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    October 11, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    Hi Shiran. If I add coffee is it powder coffee or liquid?

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      October 13, 2019 at 3:19 am

      It’s coffee liqueur!

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    June 23, 2020 at 1:20 am

    Hi can you substitute flour to all almond meal for a GF option.

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      June 29, 2020 at 2:26 am

      Hi Sharon, the result would be different but it should work. It’s best if you use the same amount in grams.

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    July 11, 2020 at 8:24 am

    Made these yesterday and they were delicious! My only problem was that the cookies weren’t as thick as yours and spread out quite a lot during baking resulting in them being quite thin. They were really tasty nonetheless but wondered if you could offer some advice to get them a little thicker like the ones in your picture 🙂 Thanks for a lovely recipe x

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