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Chocolate crinkle cookies are chewy, fudgy chocolate Christmas cookies with a topping of crackled powdered sugar. This classic Christmas cookie recipe is a must for any holiday cookie platter.
Our Christmas cookie tray is always full of buckeyes, sugar cookies and thumbprint cookies. These easy Christmas crinkles add a pretty contract to our cookie plates each year!
Crinkle cookies are chewy cookies with the dough coated in powdered sugar before baking. As the cookies bake, the dough spreads and the powdered sugar separates, creating a cracked or crinkled appearance in the cookie.
Chocolate crinkle cookies are made using chocolate cookie dough.
The traditional flavor for crinkle cookies is chocolate, but it doesn’t stop there; they can be made in a wide variety of flavors. Other popular flavors include lemon, red velvet, and gingerbread crinkles. Because my eggnog cookies are so popular, maybe I’ll make some eggnog crinkle cookies!
This easy Christmas cookie recipe is fun for kids to make, too. Let them roll the unbaked cookie dough into the powdered sugar and watch their eyes light up as they see the cookies baking in the oven.
To prevent thin, flat cookies, many cookie recipes call for the dough to be refrigerated before baking. Some like crinkle cookies to be thin so that the powdered sugar will “crack” more. However, we love thicker cookies, so we call for refrigerating this dough for 4 hours to prevent too much spreading. It really depends on the look that you like!
Many types of cookie dough can be frozen before baking, but not if they are rolled in powdered sugar or granulated sugar. This is because the moisture in the freezer will cause the sugar to absorb into the dough.
If you want to freeze chocolate crinkle cookie dough, do so without rolling them in sugar first. When you are ready to bake, simply remove the dough from the freezer, roll in powdered sugar to cover the dough, then bake.
These cookies will last at room temperature for 3-4 days if you keep them sealed in an airtight container.
Because of the moisture in the freezing process, the powdered sugar will melt into the baked cookies which means they aren’t the best for freezing. As stated above, freeze the dough first (before rolling in sugar) and then roll in sugar right before baking and serving.
Get in the holiday baking spirit by adding a few of these Christmas cookies to your platter of chocolate crinkle cookies!
Do you use powdered cocoa or a chocolate bar? Just wondering because you mention melting it. When I see the word cocoa I think of powdered. HA! These look delicious.