Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Soft, thick, and fudgy Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are filled with milk chocolate chips and coated in powdered sugar.

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate crinkle cookies
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Chilling Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 29 minutes
Servings 45 cookies
Calories 79 kcal


  • 1/2 cup (113g) unsalted butter softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (150g) white sugar
  • 1/2 cup (88g) packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (94g) full-fat sour cream, at room temperature
  • 1 small drop almond extract, optional
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-3/4 cups (219g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (56g) unsweetened Dutch process cocoa powder Note 1
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (165g) milk chocolate chips (or use semi-sweet or dark -- whichever you prefer)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar


  1. WET INGREDIENTS: In a large bowl, cream butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy (the mixture should resemble peanut butter). Beat in egg, sour cream, almond extract, and vanilla extract.

  2. DRY INGREDIENTS: In a separate bowl, combine the flour, Dutch process cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Add in chocolate chips. Stir to combine.

  3. COMBINE: Combine wet and dry and mix until just combined being careful to not over-mix. Cover the dough and chill for at least 30 minutes and preferably 1 hour.

  4. ROLL BALLS: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a large tray with parchment paper or a Silpat liner. Use a tablespoon measuring spoon to measure equal cookie dough balls. Roll in powdered sugar and place on prepared sheet pan with no more than 9 cookies per pan. Chill for another 10 minutes.

  5. BAKE: Bake at 350 degrees F for 7-10 minutes or until set (just until the top is no longer glossy). Be careful to not over-bake. A soft, very slightly under-baked cookie is the best for a delicious fudgy texture. Once the cookies come out of the oven, let stand on cookie sheet for 5-7 minutes. Then dip again in bowl of powdered sugar. Transfer to a cooling rack to finish cooling.

  6. STORAGE: Keep leftover cookies in an airtight container at room temperature. Cookies are best enjoyed with 2 days.

Recipe Notes

Note 1: Make sure to use Dutch process cocoa powder in these cookies. Regular cocoa powder will make these cookies dry and less flavorful. Here's the exact cocoa powder I use (affiliate).