Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

I needed some inspiration, some motivation and some energy to move away from the couch and get charged up. Yes, it was one of those super lazy, laid back kind of days where I didn’t have to make any lunch as there were leftovers from last night and pizza take-out was in my mind for dinner.

By the time it was late afternoon, I started to get bored and hungry. I opened the refrigerator and realized that it’s almost empty, which made me even hungrier. Scanned the pantry and thankfully, there was a tiny packet of chips hiding at the back of the counter. Nice and cozy. After making a quick shopping list, I sat down with the chips and started browsing Pinterest.

Then, the next few hours unexpectedly got very busy. I was excited and I wanted to bake. This gorgeous picture of crinkle cookies did all the magic!

And I had all the required ingredients.

What I liked the most about this recipe is that it had no chocolate and no butter — just oil and cocoa powder. That’s good; cause chances are I might have to eat the whole lot! In case you didn’t know, Arvind likes only white chocolate and I love dark chocolate. Opposite sure does attract, huh!

Once the dough got ready, I realized that these cookies would not make the husband very happy. So, I baked a pizza too for dinner.

Who knew Pinterest could surprisingly change my least productive day to such an energetic one! Well, no pizza for you today but I have got cute, crinkly cookies.

These cookies are super easy peasy to put together. The dough needs to be refrigerated for couple of hours before you make tiny balls and roll them in confectioner’s sugar. While baking, it rises and spreads a little allowing the chocolaty dough to peek out, creating gorgeous cracks on top. If you don’t have a huge sweet tooth and still love cookies, this just might become your favorite.

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Serving Size: 24 cookies

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies


  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar


  • Mix flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt and sugar in a bowl.
  • Add one egg at a time and start mixing the dough.
  • Then, add vanilla extract, olive oil and lemon zest. Give it one final mix and the dough is ready.
  • Cover the dough and keep it the refrigerator for a couple of hours.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 350F.
  • Keep the cookie sheet ready with parchment paper.
  • Pour the confectioner’s sugar in a bowl.
  • Take the dough out of the refrigerator.
  • Using an ice-cream scooper or a spoon, roll the dough into 1-inch balls and drop in the confectioner’s sugar.
  • Roll it in the sugar and keep it on the parchment paper.
  • Bake it for 10 to 12 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the center of the cookie.

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Vishakha says:

Wow! Such pretty looking cookies! The first shot and that half eaten cookie shot is stunning! No better feeling than turning a lazy day to a productive day – More so when the results of your efforts are this good looking!:)

Medeja says:

They are just asking to be eaten from those pictures 🙂 with milk..yummy!

Simone says:

Such pretty little cookies Kankana! And that last saying by Barbara Jordan is just so true. Lol. I love dark chocolate too. My absolute favorite!

Rosa says:

A lovely quote and gorgeous cookies! The pictures are amazing.



Lovely pictures. All of them.

sulagna says:

Pinterest can do really amazing things i say 🙂 like its said pinterest make people decorate house they cant afford, plan dream weddings and dress babies they have not had yet..

loved the nankatai look of the cookies..the cracks along the surface gives that even more authentic look that encourages novices like me to bake 🙂

sulagna says:

and oh i just read the blog “just simplify” whata beautiful beautiful way to write a post 🙂 on cookies and her two dogs !

Very pretty! Do you find them going softer(soggier) after a day on account of the eggs?

Kankana says:

Thanks Sneh! I was thinking it might happen that way, but it didn’t. It has the same cake-like soft texture even after 1 week.

Absolutely gorgeous cookies Kanakana!! I love the use of olive oil. I’m definitely going to have to try these as I love anything chocolate.

Very nice recipe.I have a question. I’ve read cookies recipe that go: 4 eggs + 2 egg yolks to add extra softness to the cookies. They claim that the extra yolks make the cookies extra puffy.Should I follow that with your recipe, you think? Thanks a lot.

Kankana says:

Hi and thanks for dropping by. I am not much of a baker and hence I experiment a lot less than others. I am not sure how the texture will come out if you use extra 2 egg yolk. These cookies remains soft but not too moist even after 1 week.

Great then. So I wont’ use extra egg yolks (you know, extra cholesterol and stuff). No need to worry, after one week…there will be only the baking pan left!! Thanks.

Maureen says:

I’d be ready for a cookie, a blankie and a nap right about now. 🙂

These look great!

Kankana, here’s to chocolate cookies for tea every day. The world would indeed be a better place:)
Have a great week,

Arch says:

Barbara Jordan is spot on !! your pictures are so good Kankana, I must be saying this in every post, but I truly mean it – absolutely love your pictures. The last picture is my fav !

Spandana says:

Beautiful Kankana. I too like Sneh, had a doubt they might turn soft/soggy after a day or two. But good to hear that they dint. I would love to try them.

These cookies look amazing! So is your photography!

O yes, pinerest is so inspiring–I simply love it! And now I’m inspired by looking at your beautiful photos. So, so inspired!

katerina says:

Looks easy and yummy! Also, I love the photos!

Sarah says:

Your photos make me feel as though I could just reach in and grab one – which I would definitely like to as your cookies turned out perfect!

Charles says:

Hi Kankana – those are seriously rich, dark looking cookies… I love them, and the sugar dusted on top really brings out the crinkles and contrasts so well against the darkness of the cookie – such beautiful little bites 🙂

Great post! The cookies look super delicious. I’ve bookmarked this to make! I will link back the recipe and tell you how it turns out.

Alright, its 3pm in the afternoon, I am hungry and NO I do not have these cookies with some milk on the side. Its making me cranky 🙁
LURVE the post babe and pictures as usual are gorgeous. I always found crinkle cookies to be so inviting and perfect to shoot, wonder why I never thought of making them before. Will try the recipe soon since it has all the right ingredients as well.

I do have a sweet tooth but I have a feeling I’d love these little cookies too!

love love love! crinkle cookies are so fun and cute and simply delicious. I am the biggest sweet lover you will ever meet- ever! So give me these! LOL!

Shumaila says:

I wanted to bake all day but after a trip to the eye doctor my eyes and head felt heavy so had to avoid the urge, instead I slept. I wish I had you close by so that I got could just live off the smell and maybe a piece (make that 5) to nibble on!

Spencer says:

They look so good! I reckon I could eat a whole plateful of them in about 5 minutes flat.

I have been wanting to bake crinkles for such a long time..Still dont know when I will.Yours came out so perfect. Just finished dinner & I wish I had a a glass of milk & few of these 🙂

Never tried baking these before. They always looked ‘hard’ to do to get the effects – will definitely try them now.

I love that this cookie recipe uses olive oil! I probably have never seen any cookie recipes using olive oil solely instead of butter (but remember I don’t bake, so I don’t know many recipes). I love your pictures and now I’m tempted to try just like how you felt! 😉 Lovely pictures and love the rustic feeling!

Joanne says:

I’m so glad you had that urge to bake because these crinkle cookies look amazing! The perfect midday snack.

rebecca says:

oh lovely cookies and great photography as always

I haven’t found any inspiration to bake yet since the big move, but looking at these crinkle cookies does change my mind. Oh wait, I think I want to eat them first:)

So I saw these on pinterest, jumped to ur site….
That’s what ur photography does to me, makes me hungry and impatient….
The last pic with the quote .., beautiful!!!
I love crinkes their gooey inside n crackly surface makes them hard to resist

Kimberly says:

These were my favorite cookies when I was a child! I haven’t thought of them in ages- thank you for the sweet reminder! xx

Pinterest is a great place for inspiration! Your cookies look fantastic.

Kiran says:

Yummy!! I love pinterest for so many inspirations 🙂

vimitha says:

These cookies look so gorgeously done. Am bookmarking this dear. Yummy and sinful cookies

izyan d. says:

I could really use some chocolate crinkles cookies and a cup of warm milk right about now and a nap afterwards. I’d love to try these cookies as it looks simple and easy and the ingredients are very minimal. This would be a hit on Eid next month!

Nandita says:

The cookies are absolutely gorgeous. These are actually making me wanna dig into them right now. Awesome post kankana 🙂

I can see why you wanted to make these cookies: not too sweet and visually stunning! Congratulations on making the foodbuzz Top 9!

Mallika says:

Beautiful stunning pics Kankana. Those cookies make me drool. I’m going sugar high just by the sight of these!

Hi Kankana,
Congrats on the top 9 today! Your cookies would surely motivate anyone to get up and bake a batch. Love the quote on the last photo, ah to dream:) Thanks for sharing

truly beautiful and congrats on making the top 9 today!

i don’t know about others but I’d be the happiest one having cooking and milk around 3 o’clock in the afternoon when i get up from my beauty sleep (which I haven’t taken in years LOL )
I love when lazy boring days turn into chocolate goodness 🙂

Ariana says:

How much vanilla is supposed to be put in the recipe.

Kankana says:

Hi Ariana, I am so sorry to miss that point. I update the recipe now. It’s 1 tea spoon vanilla extract.

bhavani says:

Yum! These cookies look great and I love all the crumbs! Pinterest is a slight obsession of mine and provides such great foodie inspiration like this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

Debjani says:

I think they are absolutely dunk-able! I think they will be made real soon and I’ll let you know.
You must have some fun taking these pictures and they come out looking absolutely gorgeous.

Jacqueline says:

Hee hee – great quote! And olive oil and cocoa powder to make chocolate cookies…who knew?
Great recipe and photos. Thanks for sharing!

Sihi says:

Gorgeous gorgeous cookies, dear Kankana! Absolutely Dunk-a-licious 🙂 I need to try making the gluten-free version soon. Will let you know, how that turns out.

Kankana says:

Thanks Sihi! And yeah do let me know 🙂

Deepa says:

The cracks on top are looking so gorgeous !! no doubt you fell in love with them instantly. Amar jonne kichu beche ache? 🙂

Kankana says:

aire .. shob shesh hoye geche! Tobe tomar jonno anyday banate parbo 🙂 aage aasho toh!

Ameena says:

So I usually read your blog from my iPhone…when did you switch over to this gorgeous format? I think your blog is really one of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen. No joke.

And these cookies look divine. Love the photos.

Have a great weekend my friend!

Kankana says:

Thanks Ameena 🙂 I had changed the look long back, on 20th March to be exact he he he. I am glad you liked it and you have a great weekend too my friend!

goboroot says:

Your gorgeous photos make me want to whip up those cookies in our 30 degree C kitchen! Thank you for the motivation:)

kale says:

While that picture is gorgeous… so are yours!!

Aunt Clara says:

Beautiful pictures. Those chocolate cookies look easy enough to make for these lazy summer afternoons.

I couldn’t agree more about the world needed cookies and milk and then a nap every day! Gorgeous photos.

They are Such pretty cookies, the rustic looks just so inviting to snack them non stop! It had been on my baking list, but it never happens baked in my kitchen hihi–love your photos!

These are what I have been looking everywhere and have pinned it as the pictures and the cookies!

sally says:

I love when inspiration hits like that. Your photos of these cookies are definitely inspirational too!

nipponnin says:

They are snicker-doodle or something look like but I like this naming better and using olive oil is clever. I love your gorgeous photos!

delicious cookies wonderful pictures

dassana says:

loved the texture of the cookies

Laurie says:

I don’t know why I have never made these cookies. Every time I see one I crave them and promise myself it’s going to make it’s appearance to my table soon.. LOVE your photo’s too!!

These are just delightful! I love the dark rich color 🙂

Kanan says:

wow.. looks fantastic. I have never tried crinkles with olive oil. nice one

These are looking awesome, and the photos are amazing. I love chocolate and these made me craving for some.

Rituparna says:

I just had lunch & a glass of cold milk & a few of those cookies would definitely send me happily into Dreamland. They look so delicious ! Yum yum …