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Chocolate crinkles were some of the first cookies that I made with my mother when I was a little girl, and ever since then, they’ve been one of my all-time favorites. They remind me of being at home and of rainy days (the best kind of days to bake). It has been a particularly rainy week back home in Waxhaw, North Carolina, and my mother just sent me a picture of some freshly baked chocolate crinkles. These cookies maintain a fluffy exterior, while still maintaining a soft and dense interior that is packed with chocolate like a brownie. The cookies are covered in powdered sugar and as they bake, the batter expands causing crinkles to form.



  1. 2 cups all-purpose Flour
  2. 1 cup unsweetened cocoa
  3. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  4. ½ teaspoon salt
  5. 2 cups granulated sugar
  6. ½ cup vegetable oil
  7. 4 eggs
  8. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  9. 1 cup powdered sugar
  10. Optional: Hershey Kisses (any type)



  1. Whisk together flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl
  2. Mix together sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla in a large bowl until fully combined
  3. Stir in flour mixture, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  5. Place powdered sugar in small bowl and line cookie sheets with parchment paper
  6. Scoop dough into ½ tablespoon balls and roll in the powdered sugar until fully covered- place evenly apart on the cookie sheets
  7. Bake for 11-13 minutes, or until the cookies start to crack and look cakey

It is also common to add Hershey’s kisses to these cookies. After they are finished baking you can press your favorite type of kiss into the center and wait for them to cool. During Christmas we will put peppermint kisses or mint truffle. My sister loves Hershey hugs and my brothers love the plain milk chocolate. Personally, I prefer them without the kisses and right out of the oven! 


If you want to add Hershey kisses follow the same directions as above BUT

  1. Make sure the kisses are unwrapped and frozen before you press them into the baked cookies
  2.  Press them into the center of the cookies right as they come out of the oven, then put the cookie sheet in the freezer until the kisses are no longer shiny
  3.  Remove from the freezer and let finish cooling