Chocolate Brownie Crinkle Cookies

Chocolate Brownie Crinkle Cookies are perfect for the holidays! These festive cookies feature a fudgy brownie center with a crisp and crackly snowy powdered sugar exterior.

Chocolate Brownie Crinkle Cookies

Christmas cookie season is here and I’m SUPER excited to share the chocolate brownie crinkle cookies I made for my friend’s cookie swap party!

These little brownie bombs bake up like a cookie but with a fudgy brownie center and sweet crackly top that will leave you breathless.

Ok they’ll leave you breathless mostly because you won’t be able to stop shoving them in your face and will *probably* forget to breathe during your crinkle cookie faceplant.

Chocolate Brownie Crinkle Cookies with Powdered Sugar

Since you’re the one who will be baking them, you get to know the absolute joy that is biting into a warm, freshly-baked brownie crinkle cookie.

It’s legendary, y’all! Legendary!

I was eating a bowl of veggie chili while I baked in some sort of attempt to not eat all the cookies before the party began and still managed to shove three in my face almost instantly.


I’m so excited for you to try them!

Snowy Chocolate Brownie Crinkle Cookies

These chocolate crinkle cookies are adapted from the ever-talented Dorie Greenspan’s snowy-topped brownie drops from her Dorie’s Cookies cookbook. Between her classic cheesecake recipe and her cookies, it’s safe to say I’m a super-fan!

baking tip:

For best results, I like to use a small inexpensive scale to weigh my flour and sugar.

I’m also a big believer in having all your ingredients measured and ready to go before beginning.

This makes the process go by quickly and smoothly, makes baking quite enjoyable for me. It’ a great way to de-stress during a hectic holiday season!

Chocolate Brownie Crinkle Cookies
5 from 6 votes

Chocolate Brownie Crinkle Cookies

Chocolate Brownie Crinkle Cookies are perfect for the holidays! These festive cookies feature a fudgy brownie center with a crisp and crackly snowy powdered sugar exterior.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Crinkle Cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Chill Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 45 minutes
Servings 20 cookies
Calories 144 kcal
Author Jenn Laughlin – Peas and Crayons




  2. Measure out all ingredients and set aside. Leave eggs in fridge until needed.

  3. Arrange a heatproof bowl fitted over a saucepan filled about 1/2-3/4 with water to make a double broiler. Ensure the water doesn't touch the bottom of your bowl, then heat the water to a low boil until simmering.

  4. Coarsely chop 6 oz of the chocoalte (one and a half bar's worth) then finely chop the remaining 2 oz. Keep separate.

  5. Add butter to the bowl of your double broiler and top with the corasely choppped chocoalte.

  6. Leave the bowl over the simmering water, stirring occacionally (then often towards the end) until the ingredients are just melted.

  7. Immediately remove the bowl from atop your pan and set aside.

  8. Use a metal whisk or fork to stir in the granulated sugar. Mixture will appear grainy.

  9. One by one add your cold eggs, vigorously whisking to temper the eggs into the chocolate mixture. Mix for about a minute with each egg, then an additonal minute at the end to fully incorporate. Dough will appear smoother and shinier. If very little room remains in your bowl, transfer to a larger bowl before adding vanilla, salt, and flour.

  10. Vigorously whisk in vanilla and salt, then *gently* mix flour into the mixture unil just combined.

  11. Fold in remaining 2 oz of finely chopped chocoalte.

  12. Cover and chill for a minumum of 3 hours or, overnight for advance cookie prep.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and place rack in center position. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.

  2. Place confectioner's sugar in a small-medium bowl, whisking or sifting if needed to remove any lumps.

  3. Use an easy-release medium cookie scoop to scoop even portions of the chilled dough or use a tablespoon and an additonal spoon to measure out your dough. Roll each into balls and generously coat with powdered sugar from the bowl. I like to roll each around in the bowl until it's positively covered.

  4. Arrange, spaced, on baking sheets and bake one sheet at a time. Bake each sheet of cookies at 350°F for 12 minutes, rotating the pan after 6 minutes. Cookies will spread and the powdered sugar will crack to look crinkled. Place the baking tray on a wire cooling rack and allow to cool on the pan for 2 minutes to crisp the bottom a little more, then transfer cookies with a spatula and place directly on the cooling racks. Repeat for the second tray of cookies.

  5. Allow to cool to room temperature and dig in! Fresh from the oven cookies will have a fudgy brownie-like taste and texture with a delightful crinkle topping of powdered sugar on top. Love them so!

Recipe Notes

Cookie Dough can be chilled either 3 hours or overnight, whichever works best with your schedule!

These cookies are most brownie-like when freshly made and enjoyed right away but also taste amazing for 2-3 days following baking, making them great for cookie exchanges and such. While the fresh cookies have a warm fudgy brownie center, leftover cookies will resemble chewy brownie cookies with a crispier exterior and are oh so delightful as well.

Store cookies in an airtight container on the countertop at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Facts below are estimated using an online recipe nutrition calculator. Adjust as needed and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Brownie Crinkle Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 144 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 25mg8%
Sodium 66mg3%
Potassium 75mg2%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 118IU2%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

If you get a chance to try these snow-topped chocolate brownie crinkle cookies this holiday season, let me know!

Leave some love in the comment form below or tag your photos with @peasandcrayons on Instagram so I can happy dance over your creation. I can’t wait to see what you whip up!

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies Holiday Gift in Mug

These bad boys make awesome edible gifts! I like to wrap them up in festive baggies with a bow and gift them in an oversized holiday mug!

crazy for cookies?

I have a steady rotation of favorites for you to try next!

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My SIL’s favorite is hands-down these Red Velvet Cake Cookies that use a box of cake mix as a speedy shortcut. She makes them for her Fire Station each year!

Cookie-ing it up with a crowd? Whip up this crowd-pleasing Sheet Pan Cookie Cake and watch your friends and family members legit lose their minds with glee. Love. It. So.

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  • Lisa

    5 stars
    These are delicious! I should have been more generous with the powdered sugar. I will definitely make again. Thanks for the recipe.

    • Make it rain powdered sugar, yo! Thank you Lisa!!

  • Valerie

    These look amazing and I can’t wait to make them.
    Jen, have you ever added peppermint to make them Mint Chocolate? Suggestions on doing so?
    Thanks for all your yummy recipes!

    • Thanks Valerie, I’m so excited for you to try them! I haven’t added mint to a cookie recipe before (only crushed candy canes to make things like my peppermint bark minty) but I’d imagine a little peppermint extract would be the way to go!

  • Katie

    5 stars
    Looks so delicious! I know my family would go crazy for this.

  • 5 stars
    Omg, that fudgy center has me sold! These are happening for the holidays for sure!

  • Nicole

    5 stars
    AMAZING and DELICIOUS! They were super easy to make. I’m a mom with young kids, I work outside the house and I go to college myself but yet your super easy directions made it so that I was able to whip these together on a school night fairly quickly. I made the dough the first night and let them sit over night and cooked the next day. I liked that you suggested to measure out the ingredients first that helped with my efficency. My husband was impressed. He was like these taste like a brownie. I was like yes I know thats the point. very crisp outside and fudge brownie on the inside. This recipe is a keeper.

    • AHHHH YAY! I’m so glad the recipe was a hit with your family and easy to make!

  • Cassie

    5 stars
    I love these. They taste just like the name. Not too crunchy like cookies and not too gooey like brownies. Great recipe!

    • Thank you, Cassie! So happy to hear it!

  • Katie

    5 stars
    The BEST brownie cookies I’ve ever had! They are so delicious I can’t stop eating them ?

    • So glad you’re loving them! And you can probably expect more at some point b/c I can’t stop baking these bad boys! Mia loves rolling them in the sugar and making it “SNOW” haha!

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