Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

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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.

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies 1

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.

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies 2

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 3

crinkle cookies 2

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


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

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies 4

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  • Vishakha
    July 8, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    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
    July 8, 2012 at 10:04 PM

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

  • Simone
    July 8, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    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
    July 8, 2012 at 10:35 PM

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



  • sangeeta khanna
    sangeeta khanna
    July 8, 2012 at 10:57 PM

    Lovely pictures. All of them.

  • sulagna
    July 9, 2012 at 12:09 AM

    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
    July 9, 2012 at 12:12 AM

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

  • Sneh | Cook Republic
    Sneh | Cook Republic
    July 9, 2012 at 12:37 AM

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

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      July 9, 2012 at 8:43 AM

      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.

  • Jennifer (Delicieux)
    Jennifer (Delicieux)
    July 9, 2012 at 1:01 AM

    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.

  • fruitandcake
    July 9, 2012 at 2:53 AM

    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 Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      July 9, 2012 at 8:46 AM

      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.

      • fruitandcake
        July 10, 2012 at 2:01 AM

        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
    July 9, 2012 at 2:53 AM

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

    These look great!

  • erin @ yummy supper
    erin @ yummy supper
    July 9, 2012 at 4:02 AM

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

  • Arch
    July 9, 2012 at 4:59 AM

    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
    July 9, 2012 at 8:52 AM

    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.

  • Angie@Angie's Recipes
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    July 9, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    These cookies look amazing! So is your photography!

  • Nash at plateful
    Nash at plateful
    July 9, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    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
    July 9, 2012 at 11:01 AM

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

  • Sarah
    July 9, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    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
    July 9, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    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 🙂

  • The Hsinru Social
    The Hsinru Social
    July 9, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    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.

  • Prerna@IndianSimmer
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    July 9, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    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.

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen
    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen
    July 9, 2012 at 6:36 PM

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

  • Kitchen Belleicious
    Kitchen Belleicious
    July 9, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    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
    July 9, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    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
    July 9, 2012 at 7:39 PM

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

  • Tanvi@SinfullySpicy
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    July 9, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    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 🙂

  • wokandspoon
    July 9, 2012 at 10:28 PM

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

  • Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Nami | Just One Cookbook
    July 9, 2012 at 11:55 PM

    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
    July 10, 2012 at 4:09 AM

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

  • rebecca
    July 10, 2012 at 6:46 AM

    oh lovely cookies and great photography as always

  • reese@SeasonwithSpic
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    July 10, 2012 at 7:09 AM

    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:)

  • Reem | Simply Reem
    Reem | Simply Reem
    July 10, 2012 at 7:52 AM

    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
    July 10, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    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

  • lisaiscooking
    July 10, 2012 at 12:26 PM

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

  • Kiran
    July 10, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    Yummy!! I love pinterest for so many inspirations 🙂

  • vimitha
    July 10, 2012 at 9:07 PM

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

  • izyan d.
    izyan d.
    July 11, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    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!

  • Geraldine Saucier
    Geraldine Saucier
    July 11, 2012 at 8:26 AM

    Delicious cookies:)

  • Nandita
    July 11, 2012 at 9:16 AM

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

  • DB-Foodie Stuntman
    DB-Foodie Stuntman
    July 11, 2012 at 9:18 AM

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

  • Mallika
    July 11, 2012 at 9:54 AM

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

  • Nancy/SpicieFoodie
    July 11, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    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

  • the actor's diet
    the actor's diet
    July 11, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    truly beautiful and congrats on making the top 9 today!

  • Roxana GreenGirl { A little bit of everything}
    Roxana GreenGirl { A little bit of everything}
    July 11, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    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
    July 11, 2012 at 8:01 PM

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

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      July 11, 2012 at 8:35 PM

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

  • bhavani
    July 12, 2012 at 5:30 AM

    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
    July 12, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    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
    July 12, 2012 at 7:27 PM

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

  • Sihi
    July 12, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    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 Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      July 13, 2012 at 9:21 AM

      Thanks Sihi! And yeah do let me know 🙂

  • Deepa
    July 13, 2012 at 3:44 AM

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

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      July 13, 2012 at 9:21 AM

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

  • Ameena
    July 13, 2012 at 8:09 AM

    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 Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      July 13, 2012 at 9:20 AM

      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
    July 13, 2012 at 11:28 AM

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

  • kale
    July 13, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    While that picture is gorgeous… so are yours!!

  • Aunt Clara
    Aunt Clara
    July 14, 2012 at 12:58 AM

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

  • Anita@Hungry Couple
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    July 14, 2012 at 6:14 AM

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

  • Ira Rodrigues
    Ira Rodrigues
    July 14, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    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!

  • Sanjeeta kk
    Sanjeeta kk
    July 15, 2012 at 12:34 AM

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

  • sally
    July 15, 2012 at 5:30 PM

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

  • nipponnin
    July 15, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    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!

  • torviewtoronto
    July 16, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    delicious cookies wonderful pictures

  • dassana
    July 16, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    loved the texture of the cookies

  • Laurie
    July 17, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    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!!

  • Magic of Spice
    Magic of Spice
    July 20, 2012 at 3:02 PM

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

  • Kanan
    July 24, 2012 at 5:31 AM

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

  • Ella-HomeCookingAdv
    July 29, 2012 at 6:35 AM

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

  • Rituparna
    August 7, 2012 at 12:54 AM

    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 …

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