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Step-By-Step Guide for Easy, Homemade Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

I grew up watching and helping my mother make homemade cookies. They were always in our school lunch boxes. Here, I share some family faves.

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

These Are Some of My Favorite Cookies Ever

These chocolate crinkle cookies have become a part of our repertoire of favorite cookie recipes. They have been baked for a number of years now as a part of an assortment when filling cookie tins for Christmas gift-giving purposes. They are delicious as well as pretty and obviously can be baked at any time of year.

Any chocolate lover is certain to like these. The pattern that the powdered sugar makes when these are baked makes them distinctive when mixed with other cookies.

I no longer remember who discovered this recipe, whether it was my mother or myself. It may have been from a newspaper article or elsewhere. All I know is that when we first baked them and saw how pretty they turned out and how delightful they tasted, they were added to my typed list of sheets in my cookie file. They have been utilized countless times with success and with rave reviews from our gift recipients.

If you have a cookie monster in your home who especially loves anything chocolate you might wish to give these a try.

Unsweetened Baker's chocolate squares

Unsweetened Baker's chocolate squares

Step One: Gather the Cookie Ingredients

Assemble the ingredients for these chocolate crinkles as listed below.

  • 1/2 cup shortening (I use butter flavored Crisco)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups sifted flour
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 (1-ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/3 cup milk (We use 1% milk and it works fine in this recipe)
  • Sifted confectioners sugar

I doubled this recipe so my photos will be reflective of that.

Step Two

The first thing to do after measuring is to thoroughly cream the shortening, sugar and vanilla together. Beat until well blended.

Melted chocolate

Melted chocolate

Step Three

The recipe calls for melting the chocolate.

The easiest method that I have found is to put the unsweetened chocolate squares into a Pyrex measuring cup and microwaving the chocolate until it melts. I generally set the microwave timer for about 30 seconds to start and then check and add small amounts of time as needed until the chocolate becomes liquefied.

Do this a little ahead of time in order that the chocolate has a bit of time to cool slightly before being added to the cookie batter.

Eggs mixed into cookie batter

Eggs mixed into cookie batter

Step Four

The next thing to do is to beat in the eggs.

Step Five

When the chocolate is melted and not boiling hot, blend that into the cookie batter and beat well incorporating the ingredients together.

I always use a spatula to get all the melted chocolatey goodness out of the Pyrex cup and into the cookie batter.

Melted chocolate being added to the cookie batter.

Melted chocolate being added to the cookie batter.

As the photo below shows this is where the cookie batter takes a decided turn becoming brown in color after the addition of the melted chocolate.

Looking good!

Cookie batter turns brown after the melted chocolate is incorporated into it.

Cookie batter turns brown after the melted chocolate is incorporated into it.

Step Six

Sift the dry ingredients (flour, salt, granulated sugar and baking powder) together.

Step Seven

Have your measured out milk ready.

Step Eight

Blend the sifted dry ingredients in alternating fashion with the milk.

Step Nine

Finally add the chopped nuts into the batter.

Sifted dry ingredients plus the milk and nuts readied for adding to the cookie batter.

Sifted dry ingredients plus the milk and nuts readied for adding to the cookie batter.

Note: Here is where you can take some time off and put up your feet, sing songs, read chapters of a book, go out and pull some weeds in your garden, or even solve some of life's greatest mysteries if you are so inclined.

Why? The batter needs to chill for a minimum of 3 hours.

I have sometimes fixed it up to this point and continued baking the cookies the next day.

Step Ten: Proceeding After the Batter is Chilled

When the batter is well chilled and you wish to proceed, what one needs to do next is to form the chocolate crinkle cookie batter into somewhat of a ball shape and roll it in powdered sugar before putting them onto a greased cookie sheet.

Rolling the balls in powdered sugar

Rolling the balls in powdered sugar

Dropping bits of the cookie batter into powdered sugar and then rolling into a ball shape.

Dropping bits of the cookie batter into powdered sugar and then rolling into a ball shape.

At first, the chilled batter actually allows one to roll an amount between one's hands and create nice round walnut-sized balls. But this soft batter (almost the consistency of a thick cake frosting) quickly warms and I have found that merely dropping a good rounded teaspoon full of the batter into the dish full of powdered sugar still allows one to form it into a ball shape once in the powdered sugar. The second photo above shows this.

After being baked the batter spreads out and whether the balls are perfectly rounded or not it does not ultimately matter when viewing much less tasting the final product.

Sugared balls put onto baking sheet

Sugared balls put onto baking sheet

Step Eleven

Put the sugared cookie balls onto a greased baking sheet (I use the spray product Pam) placing them about two to three inches apart.

Step Twelve

Bake in a moderate oven ( 350 degrees Fahrenheit ) about 15 minutes.

If using a convection oven a couple of minutes can be shaved off of that time. With our convection oven it only takes an average of 12 minutes and I am able to bake several cookie sheets of cookies at one time.

Cool slightly on baking sheet before moving to wire rack to cool completely.

Cool slightly on baking sheet before moving to wire rack to cool completely.

Aren't these chocolate crinkle cookies pretty?

Step Thirteen

Cool slightly on the cookie sheets before moving them to a wire rack to finish cooling completely before packaging them up in containers.

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Cool cookies on wire racks before putting into containers.

Cool cookies on wire racks before putting into containers.

Note: A single recipe makes about 4 dozen cookies.

This is another cookie recipe that freezes well. I put waxed paper between the layers of these cookies when I store them.

I hope that you enjoyed the photos and step by step instructions of how to make these homemade chocolate crinkles. They are easy to make cookies, and once tried, I am sure that if you or those you know who like chocolate try these, they will also become favorites in your household.

Health Benefits of Consuming Chocolate

Please be advised...this information is in no way intended to take the place of medical advice from your health professional.

Many studies continue to be done regarding the effects of consuming chocolate and there are some promising results. Most all of the studies relate to European chocolates or dark chocolates which contain more of the beneficial cocoa solids. Milk chocolate and white chocolate have little of these same health benefits.

The table below categorizes some of the general findings. Chocolates stimulate the "feel good" endorphins in one's body and may actually have cardiovascular effects just like low dose aspirin. It is just not as long-lasting. Obviously the calories have to be taken into account as one ounce contains 151 calories.

So if you enjoy an occasional chocolate try to make it some dark chocolate and eat it in good health!

Some health benefits attributed to consuming dark chocolate

Contains antioxidants

Protects against damaging free radicals

Anti-aging effect

Contains flavonoids

Relaxes blood vessels

Can help reduce high blood pressure

Contains serotonin

Anti-depressant effect

Makes one feel better

Makes blood platelets less sticky

Promotes better blood flow

May help prevent risk of stroke & heart attacks

Contains oleic acid

Same good fat as in olive oil

May help raise the HDL (good cholesterol)

Assorted homemade cookies made up for gifts including the Chocolate Crinkle cookies.

Assorted homemade cookies made up for gifts including the Chocolate Crinkle cookies.

© 2011 Peggy Woods

Comments

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 14, 2018:

Hi Ethel,

Glad that bit of whimsy made you giggle. (Smile) Enjoy these chocolate crinkle cookies with my blessings. It will soon be time for holiday baking!

Ethel Smith from Kingston-Upon-Hull on September 14, 2018:

These are unusual thanks Peggy. I have made cookies or as we often call them in the U.K. biscuits but not for quite a while. These would be good for Christmas time.

I especially like this in your Hub

“Note: Here is where you can take some time off and put up your feet, sing songs, read chapters of a book, go out a pull some weeds in your garden or even solve some of life's greatest mysteries if you are so inclined”

Made me giggle thanks

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 06, 2017:

Hi Roberta,

I agree that they add a nice color contrast to a plate of cookies and almost everyone enjoys eating chocolate. So it is a win-win!

RTalloni on December 06, 2017:

Glad to come across these again. Nice updates. They really are pretty, giving nice contrast to a cookie platter, something I'll be working on next week. That they are chocolate is just icing on the cake. :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 28, 2015:

Hi Rebecca,

It would be fun being neighbors! As to wishing for the holidays...I surely do wish for the cooler temperatures that go along with that! We are sizzling right now this time of year.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 28, 2015:

Hi Au fait,

Glad that you like this Chocolate Crinkle cookie recipe. They look pretty mixed in with others. Hot, hot, HOT, down here also. Stay inside where it is cool. Thanks for the shares.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on July 27, 2015:

I wish I lived in your neighborhood and could get a box of cookies at Christmas. Those chocolate crinkle cookies look so good. I will keep these in mind. The photos make me long for the holidays!

C E Clark from North Texas on July 27, 2015:

These cookies are great any time a person needs a chocolate fix. ;) Add a bit of ice cream this time of year. We had 100 degrees again today (101 yesterday). Going to share this recipe again because these cookies are so yummy and if anyone has to take something to a picnic or a family reunion these cookies would be perfect. Also pinned to my 'Cookies' board.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 03, 2015:

Hi peachpurple,

No, I have never tried selling my cookies. I have lots of practice however in making them for gift giving purposes.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on July 03, 2015:

oh you really are good at baking cookies. Have you tried selling them?

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 19, 2013:

Hi Roberta,

Thanks for the pin. Hope your substitution works out well! Will look forward to hearing your results. Wishing you a Happy Holiday season (what is left of it) and a great new year ahead. Merry Christmas! Only 6 days from now!

RTalloni on December 06, 2013:

These cookies would make a great addition to any cookie plate for Chocolate is the magic word! :) They are so inviting and I'm sure my cow's milk substitutions would work well. I'll try to let you know how well before Christmas…

I was sure I had commented on this recipe a long time ago, but at least now I can post it on Pinterest.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 23, 2013:

Hi Suzanne,

Happy to hear that you found this Chocolate Crinkle cookie recipe easy to follow. Appreciate your comment and votes.

justmesuzanne from Texas on May 21, 2013:

Your recipes are always so thorough, clear and easy to follow! Voted up and useful! :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 13, 2013:

Hi moonlake,

You are giving me a great reason to go in and update my hubs because of your comments. Hope that you enjoy this cookie recipe and thanks for the pin.

moonlake from America on May 11, 2013:

Came back to add your Chocolate Crinkles to my cookie board on Pinterest.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 02, 2013:

Hi beingwell,

So happy to hear that you liked this chocolate cookie recipe. Generally I only make this kind of cookie during the holiday season although it would certainly be good year round. Appreciate your comment and the share. :)

beingwell from Bangkok on April 01, 2013:

Shared this one, peggy. They are my favorite!! You're so lucky you can bake.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 02, 2013:

Hi vespawoolf,

You do the same with your recipes...lots of photos and easy to follow instructions. It is always a pleasure reading your recipes. Glad to know that you like the sound of these Chocolate Crinkle cookies. Thanks for the 5 star rating and the share. :)

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on February 02, 2013:

5 stars and a share for chocolate crinkle cookies! They are pretty little cookies and I'm always happy to be reminded about the benefits of eating chocolate. : ) I always enjoy the way you write out your recipes, in this case in an easy-to-follow step-by-step format with plenty of instructional photos. Thanks!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 01, 2013:

Hi Au fait,

Chocolate cookies would be a great Valentine's gift for chocolate lovers. Nice thought...and the fact of them being homemade should also be meaningful. Thanks for your comment, votes and the share.

C E Clark from North Texas on December 31, 2012:

These cookies look so good! I love chocolate cookies and these would be perfect for Valentine's Day for a chocolate lover too!

Voted up, BAUI, and will share! Gave you another star too!

Thanks again so much for letting me know about the duplication in my hub!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 20, 2012:

Hi moonlake,

These chocolate crinkle cookies are not only pretty mixed in with others but always seem to be a hit. Nice to know that you have made them and like them and that this hub reminded you of them. Thanks for your comment and vote up.

moonlake from America on December 20, 2012:

I use to make these cookies but haven't in a long time. Will have to make them again. Nice hub voted up.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 14, 2012:

Hi jenzie,

Hope you make these homemade chocolate cookies and come back and let me know how you liked them. They are not only good but so pretty as well. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 14, 2012:

Hello Ian,

If you were near and I had a fresh baked batch of these homemade chocolate cookies, I would be happy to share some with you. I guess because of the distances, you will just have to make them for yourself! Ha! Appreciate your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 14, 2012:

Hi Don,

It would probably work to substitute sugar substitutes for inside the cookie batter but the powdered sugar over the top should probably be used for best effect. Hope you get to taste and enjoy these chocolate cookies...but in moderation due to your diabetes. Thanks for your comment, etc.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 14, 2012:

Hi Mary,

You will have to give them a try. Most everyone I know loves these pretty homemade chocolate cookies. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 14, 2012:

Hi Stacy,

It would be wonderful if this chocolate cookie recipe was similar to the one that your mother used to make. Let me know after you give them a try. Am sure that you will love these. Thanks for your comment.

Jenn from Pennsylvania on September 14, 2012:

Yummy recipe! I would love to try these.

Ian D Hetri from Papua New Guinea on September 14, 2012:

I wish I was near to taste one. Just the way the hub is written makes it all the while more temtting. Even more delicious. Great work Peggy.

Ian D Hetri from Papua New Guinea on September 14, 2012:

I wish I was near to taste one. Just the way the hub is written makes it all the while more temtting. Even more delicious. Great work Peggy.

Don A. Hoglund from Wisconsin Rapids on September 14, 2012:

Hi Peggy, These certainly look tempting. I probably wouldn't be able to eat many as I'm diabetic. However there may be ways of substituting Splenda for some of the sugar. voted up, useful and interesting.sharing with followers.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on September 14, 2012:

Hi, Peggy. When I saw this recipe in the feed, I though it looked familiar. Sure enough it is in my bookmarks! I knew I wanted to save it cause it looks so good!

Stacy Harris from Hemet, Ca on September 14, 2012:

These look delicious... I would love a package of these for Christmas ;) I actually saw the picture and thought that this was a recipe that my mom used to make. Sadly, I can't find that recipe anywhere, but it was the softest chocolate chocolate cookies ever tasted. They were delicious! These look just as tasty! :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 19, 2012:

Hi alocsin,

If you are ever in Houston, Texas prior to Christmas when I am making my chocolate crinkles and loads of other batches of cookies...come on by and you can be an official taster. Between you and my husband...we will make sure that they are worth giving out as gifts. :) Thanks for your comment.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on February 18, 2012:

Wow, put out any recipes with chocolate and I'm there. These sound delicious, and judging from your photos, you like to bake dozens at a time. Perhaps you need a taste tester such as myself? Voting this Up and Useful.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 21, 2011:

Hi Simone,

These chocolate crinkles are delicious. Let me know what you think after you make some for yourself and/or to share with others. Thanks for your comment.

Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on November 21, 2011:

As much as I adore chocolate, I've never made chocolate cookies before. I guess I'm going to have to change that now... these look delicious!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 19, 2011:

Hi Mary,

Happy to be able to share this delicious chocolate crinkle cookie recipe with you. Happy baking! I just finished baking my assortment of 12 different kinds of cookies today. All are now in the freezer and will be thawed and apportioned into gift cookie tins to be given away when the month turns to December. Thanks for your comment.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on November 19, 2011:

I love to bake! Am always looking for new and different recipes. Thanks. I've bookmarked this one for sure.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 18, 2011:

Hi Movie Master,

Let me know what you think of these chocolate crinkle cookies after making them. They may become a favorite! Thanks for your comment and vote up.

Movie Master from United Kingdom on November 18, 2011:

What wonderful pictures, I am ashamed to admit I have never made chocolate cookies, this will be rectified at the weekend!

thank you for sharing the recipe and voting up.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 17, 2011:

Hi Lela (Austinstar),

Let me know if you like them. Most of our friends love these chocolate crinkles. Thanks for your comment. Happy Thanksgiving this coming week.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 17, 2011:

Hi Marie,

Hope that you make and enjoy these chocolate crinkle cookies. Enjoy your Christmas baking! Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 17, 2011:

Hi Cheryl,

The nice part is that now that you have tasted them, if you wish to make these chocolate crinkle cookies for yourself...you now have the recipe. :)) Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 17, 2011:

Hi Aiicia,

Hope that you enjoy these homemade cookies as much as we and our gift recipients do each year. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 17, 2011:

Hello cherylone,

Hope that you get to taste your daughter's efforts in baking these homemade cookies called Chocolate Crinkles since you emailed this recipe to her. Hope that you live nearby! Thanks for your comment.

Lela from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on November 17, 2011:

Yummy, you can't go wrong with chocolate! Thanks for the recipe. I might make these for Thanksgiving.

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on November 17, 2011:

Dear Peggy,

So not fair to put "chocolate" in your title... you drew me right in! This is a winner to me and puts me in the mood for lots of Christmas cookies!

Will be bookmarking, amazing detail and beautiful (yummy) photography. Voted UP & UABI, mar.

Cheryl J. from Houston, TX on November 17, 2011:

Another great hub. I am a huge fan of delicious chocolate crinkle cookies. I am thankful we were introduced to this wonderful treat a few years ago. I agree the chocolate crinkle cookies are fantastic. Great photos and instructions on making these wonderful and delightful cookies.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on November 17, 2011:

I love anything that contains chocolate, and these cookies look absolutely delicious, Peggy. The name of the cookies sounds fun too! Thanks for the recipe - I'll bookmark it and add it to my collection of Christmas cookie recipes.

Cheryl Simonds from Connecticut on November 17, 2011:

Great recipe, thanks so much for sharing. I emailed it to my daughter who loves to cook and bake.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 17, 2011:

Hi carcro,

Glad you liked the step by step photos along with the instructions of how to make these Chocolate Crinkle cookies. Enjoy and thanks for your comment and vote up!

Paul Cronin from Winnipeg on November 17, 2011:

Great hub, its so well illustrated with great pics and well documented instructions. Cookies look fantastic and with your steps noted, I;ll bet even I could make them. But I'll pass this along to my better half... Thanks for sharing! Voted UP!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 17, 2011:

Hello Little Nell,

Enjoy the Chocolate Crinkles on your side of the Atlantic. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 17, 2011:

Hello livelonger,

Nice that you now have the recipe although purchasing these same homemade cookies in Pikes Place Market...great place to be out and about. I'm so glad that my mother, niece and I got to see it while on vacation one year. Thanks for your comment.

Little Nell from Somerset, UK on November 17, 2011:

Super hub. We don't have this recipe this side of the pond, so I am determined to import it, and make Chocolate Crinkle Biscuits!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 17, 2011:

Hi Charles,

OK...just for you...I added some information about the benefits of consuming chocolate. There is much research on the subject and some promising results. Dark chocolate actually contains more anti-oxidants than milk! Of course...there are the calories that have to be taken into consideration. Always something! Ha! Thanks for your comment.

Jason Menayan from San Francisco on November 17, 2011:

Yes, they do look beautiful! And I know they taste great, too. We tried chocolate crinkle cookies for the first time ever in Seattle about a month ago, and they were delicious! (We bought them from a tiny bakery stall in Pike Place Market) I had honestly forgotten the name of them, so I am especially glad you published this Hub!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 17, 2011:

Hi Stephanie,

There is something satisfying about seeing the homemade cookies cooling on racks. Another satisfying moment is when doing some canning and hearing all the pings of the lids fastening down and sealing the jars. It has been many a year since I have done that...goes back to my living in Wisconsin days...but I loved that sound and look of all the canned tomatoes, etc.

Nice that you now have the recipe for these Chocolate Crinkles. From the comments, it seems as though many people have enjoyed this particular type of cookie. Thanks for your comment.

Charles criner on November 17, 2011:

Chocolate has always fascinated me. There are so many things said about it, from helping your sex life to prolonging your physical life. I really enjoyed the making of cookies that you gave us. However, I would also love for you to give us some serious information on chocolate. (I know that I should be able to get that information myself, but you always do such a great job at whatever you research). Tell Bruce that I said hello.

Stephanie Henkel from USA on November 17, 2011:

These look so good that I might have to make them for my weekend company! Your beautiful pictures reminded me how good these cookies are. Isn't there something so satisfying about seeing racks of cooling cookies on the kitchen counter? :)

Many years ago I had a friend who used to make chocolate crinkles all the time, but I never got the recipe. Now you've inspired me to make some chocolate crinkle cookies soon!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 16, 2011:

Hello desertlab,

Chocolate Crinkle cookies as a give away gift for a wedding...imaginative and tasty to be sure. I haven't been to a wedding in some time and did not realize that cookies were used in this fashion. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 16, 2011:

Hi cre8ivOne,

Since you make these homemade cookies you can definitely vouch for how good these Chocolate Crinkles are in taste. Thanks for your affirmative comment.

desertlab on November 16, 2011:

I love baking...baking is my passion, but since I'm working away from home, I don't have the chance to bake..I remember chocolate crinkle cookies were the give away gifts during my friends wedding, and it was perfect.. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

cre8ivOne from Midwest, USA on November 16, 2011:

I make these...yummm! Nice photos to boot!