These brownie crinkle cookies are rich and delicious. Soft and chewy on the inside, and covered with powdered sugar with helps to create a delicious crunch on the outside, with mini chocolate chips added for the perfect amount of sweetness.
I love brownies, and I love cookies, so it should come as no surprise that these brownie crinkle cookies rank high on my list of sweet holiday treats. When the holidays roll around, I make a ridiculous amount of these cookies. I love to serve them at our holiday gatherings and other special parties, and of course, I have to make a few “test batches”. You know. Just, uh… to be sure they’re as delicious as I remember. Yeah, that’s why I do it. For sure… These cookies have been a favorite of my friends and family, and this particular version is so rich and fudgy I knew I had to share it with all of you.
Brownie Crinkle Cookies
These delicious cookies start with a rich brownie cookie dough full of deep chocolate flavor. I chill them for a few hours, then I roll them into balls and coat them in powdered sugar. Finally, I bake them until they’re chewy and fudgy on the inside and cracked and crispy on the outside. Every cookie is like the perfect brownie! The best part is how quick and easy the dough is to make, too! The only time-consuming part of this recipe is chilling the dough before baking.
Why You’ll Love This Brownie Crinkle Cookie Recipe
- They are soft and chewy on the inside, with a crispy, crinkly exterior, and the combination of the gooey brownie cookie covered in powdered sugar is simply irresistible.
- They’re full of chocolaty flavor. The dark chocolate cocoa powder and the mini chocolate chips give you a double dose of chocolate flavor in every bite.
- They are easy to make with a few simple steps, and are the perfect cookie for any occasion, especially during the holidays.
Brownie Crinkle Cookie Ingredients
You’ll only need a few basic baking ingredients to make this recipe. If you do any amount of baking at all, you probably have all of these ingredients in your kitchen right now. Anything you don’t have is a quick trip to the grocery store away.
- All purpose flour
- Baking powder
- Granulated sugar
- Dark chocolate cocoa powder
- Vegetable oil
- Large eggs
- Vanilla extract
- Mini chocolate chips
- Powdered sugar
How to Make Brownie Crinkle Cookies
Making these cookies is a super easy process. You’ll just mix the dough, chill it, and bake. That’s really all there is to it!
Step 1: Combine the Dry Ingredients
Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a medium bowl.
Step 2: Combine the Wet Ingredients
Whisk the sugar, cocoa powder, vegetable oil, eggs, and vanilla together until well combined in another bowl.
Step 3: Mix the Dough
Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet, mixing until combined. Then, stir in the mini chocolate chips.
Step 4: Chill
Form the dough into a flat disk about 2 inches thick. Then, wrap it in plastic wrap and chill it for at least 3 hours.
Step 5: Prepare to Bake
Before forming the cookies, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
Step 6: Form the Cookies
Use a small cookie scoop to scoop out balls of dough. Roll them in your hands until smooth and round, then roll them in powdered sugar. Place them on the prepared baking sheet 2 inches apart.
Step 7: Bake
Bake the cookies for 10 to 12 minutes. Then, remove them from the oven and let them sit on the baking sheet for a couple of minutes. Transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely, and enjoy!
- It’s important to shape the dough into a 2-inch-thick disk before chilling. This allows all of the dough to get nice and cold.
- Don’t rush the chilling process. 3 hours is the minimum chilling time if you want those classic cracks in your cookies.
- I highly recommend using parchment paper as called for in the recipe to make it easy to remove the cookies from the baking sheet.
- Try adding a pinch of espresso powder or a splash of coffee to the dough for even deeper chocolate flavor.
- You can use white chocolate chips for a different look and flavor.
- Try adding chopped nuts for more flavor and texture.
- If you don’t have powdered sugar, you can roll the cookies in granulated sugar. It will still make them crack.
- After rolling in powdered sugar, you can sprinkle candy sprinkles on top if desired.
What to Serve with Brownie Crinkle Cookies
As with almost all cookies, these are delicious with a glass of milk or a cup of coffee or tea. They also make a great addition to a larger holiday dessert table with sweet favorites like more cookies, cakes, cupcakes, pies, bars, and more.
Chilling the dough is what helps it crack. Baking the dough while cold slows the spread of the cookies, causing them to rise more than spread, helping the top get its signature cracks.
If you don’t chill your dough long enough, your cookies will spread too much
There are two things that cause the tops of cookies to crinkle. First, chilling the dough makes the cookies rise more than spread which helps them crack. Next, rolling them in powdered sugar causes the outside to dry out while baking, making the exterior crack as the inside of the cookie bakes and expands.
This dough freezes very well and will last for up to 3 months when stored properly. Simply wrap the dough tightly in plastic wrap, place it in an air-tight, freezer-safe container or heavy-duty freezer bag and freeze.
How to Store Brownie Crinkle Cookies
Store these cookies for up to 5 days in an airtight container at room temperature. They’ll last for up to 2 weeks in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Finally, you can freeze them for up to 2 months in an airtight, freezer-safe container. Place them in single layers separated by parchment paper in the container.
Try This Delicious Brownie Crinkle Cookie Recipe Today
If you love brownies and cookies, then this is the recipe for you. These rich, fudgy cookies are loaded with decadent brownie flavor. They’re soft and moist on the inside and classically crinkled on the outside, and they make the perfect holiday treat. Give these a try, and I know you’ll be featuring them heavily in your holiday goodies rotation.
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Brownie Crinkle Cookies
- Preheat the oven to 350° (after the cookies have chilled) and line a baking sheet(s) with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt together until combined. Set aside.
- In another bowl, whisk sugar, cocoa powder, vegetable oil, eggs, and vanilla together until well combined.
- Gradually add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Stir. Add mini chocolate chips, stir to combine.
- Form dough into a flat circular disk, about 2-inches thick, and wrap it with the plastic wrap. Place in the fridge for 3 plus hours.
- Using a small cookie scoop, roll cookie dough into balls and then roll into powdered sugar.
- Place cookie dough balls on the prepared baking sheet 2 inches apart and bake for 10-12 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and let sit on the baking sheet for a couple minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
- *Place cookie dough back in the fridge while the first batch of cookies bake so the dough stays cold.
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