Dark Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are a holiday favorite and go by many names, such as Earthquake Cookies or Snow On The Mountain Cookies
No matter what you choose to name them, they are, in my opinion, the perfect cookie! My recipe is from our family cookbook and my grandmother Maxine always called them Snow on The Mountain Cookies. It wasn’t until later I learned they are more commonly called Crinkle Cookies. We always made them for Christmas but they are fantastic all year round!
Easy To Make Cookies
The beauty of Dark Chocolate Crinkle Cookies is that they are a cinch to make, and are almost foolproof. These are great to make with kids because of their simplicity. Fair warning: they are a bit messy to make because of the powdered sugar, but that is half the fun!
Step by Step Instructions for Dark Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
Plan to make these ahead of time because they need to chill in the refrigerator for a minimum of 4 hours.
Step One: Melt the chocolate
NOTE: The easiest way to melt the chocolate is in the glass bowl you will be using for the whole recipe. Just pop in the microwave and heat in 30-second increments. It’s very important to stir after each 30-second heat because the chocolate will hold it’s shape for a while even when heated. Once you give it a stir it will likely already be nearly melted within one minute.
Alternately, you can melt the chocolate gently over a double boiler on the stove.
Step Two: Combine Dry Ingredients
Combine flour, baking powder and salt together in a small bowl and set aside. No need to sift the flour but give it a stir to remove any lumps.
Step Three: Combine Wet Ingredients
After you have melted the chocolate add the sugar, vegetable oil (or shortening) and Vanilla Extract. This will help cool the chocolate.
A note about shortening: My original recipe from my grandmother calls for Crisco shortening which was a very common ingredient in her day. I have successfully made these with vegetable oil, but they are fluffier with Crisco. You can choose what works best for you.
Step Four: Adding the eggs
Add the eggs one by one. Adding eggs one by one allows the batter to really absorb the eggs so don’t skip this step. This is important in nearly any baking recipe. Gently combine after each egg addition.
Step Five: Adding dry ingredients
Finally, add the flour mixture and gently blend until completely combined. Do not overmix! Too much stirring after adding flour can make any baked good less tender.
Step Six: Cover and Chill for 4-plus hours
Baked goods need to chill in the refrigerator for a few reasons:
- Cold dough makes handling easier. This dough is sticky!
- Cold fats (oil or butter) melt less quickly allowing the cookie to hold it’s shape in the oven.
- Resting the dough allows the flour to absorb all the moisture (from the eggs and oil) which results in a more even cookie. Crispy on the edges and softer in the middle.
Step Seven: Rolling and Baking
Sift powdered sugar into a shallow bowl to remove lumps.
Using a small cookie scoop, or two small spoons, working in batches, roll dough into small balls, about 1″ in size
Roll the entire ball into powdered sugar. Make sure to coat the entire cookie. Place on baking sheet about 2″ apart. Do not flatten!
Bake for about 10-11 minutes. Cookies will lose most of their shine when they are finished. Allow to rest on baking pan for 1-minute then transfer to a wire cooling rack to finish.
Dark Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted
- 2 cups sugar
- ½ cup vegetable oil or shortening melted and cooled
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 4 eggs
- 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
- Combine flour, baking powder and salt together in a small bowl and set aside.
- Melt chocolate in a large microwave-safe bowl in 30-second increments, stirring until melted, or melt in a small pan on low heat.
- Add to melted chocolate the sugar, vegetable oil (or melted shortening) and vanilla. Mix well until combined.
- Add in flour mixture stirring gently until fully combined. Do not overmix!
- Add in eggs, one by one, mixing after each addition.
- Cover and chill dough overnight or at least 4 hours.
- Once the dough is fully chilled preheat oven to 375°F
- Prepare 2 baking sheets by lining with parchment paper or lightly greasing.
- Sift powdered sugar into a shallow bowl.
- Using a small cookie scoop, or two small spoons, working in batches, roll dough into small balls.
- Roll entire ball into powdered sugar. Make sure to coat the entire cookie.
- Place on the prepared baking sheets. Do not flatten.
- Bake for 10-11 minutes. Cookies are done when the sides are firm and the tops are just slightly shiny. Rest on the baking sheet for 1-minute.
- Cool completely on wire rack. Store in a covered container.