Chocolate Crinkle Top Cookies Recipe

Last Updated on December 13, 2022 by Ellen Christian

Have you started baking Christmas cookies yet? These chocolate crinkle top cookies are one of our favorites! Make these easy Christmas cookies today.

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The presents are wrapped and the house is clean so I decided to reward myself with a cookie-making session. Not only are these delicious, but the house smells so good afterward! 

Have you started baking Christmas cookies yet? These chocolate crinkle top cookies are one of our favorites! Make these easy Christmas cookies today.

Chocolate Crinkle Top Cookies

I don’t go crazy making Christmas cookies but I do have two or three favorites that I like to make each year. My Mom takes care of the sugar cookies. She has a lot more patience than I do for rolling and decorating. I like to make these Chocolate Crinkle Top Cookies because they’re easy. No rolling or decorating is required.

We always make up a few extra batches of Christmas cookies so I can give them away as gifts. We often give them to our mailman, UPS driver, and FedEx drivers. They stop by our house with deliveries almost every day and it’s nice to give something back to say thank you.

I love these gift boxes for packing and mailing Christmas treats. They work so well and look festive. You may also want to consider giving bread or other baked goods. Check out the Bread Mixes from The Prepared Pantry.

Cookie serving suggestions

When you give cookies as gifts, you can give them on a pretty Christmas plate. But, I find that it’s so much easier to use those cookie boxes. The last time I used a plate, the plate almost tipped and dumped the cookies on the ground. With a box, you can seal the top with no worries of accidents.

You may also want to try my Peanut Butter Fudge or my Buttercream Mint Candies. Those are huge family favorites around the holidays as well.

Chocolate Crinkle Top Cookies Recipe for Christmas

Why are my chocolate crinkle cookies flat?

This might happen for several different reasons. Did you remember to chill your dough before baking with it? You should chill it for at least 30 minutes. Or, another possible reason could be that you added too little flour.

How to store cookies

Cookies should be stored in airtight containers or zip-top bags. This is to protect them from being exposed to moisture, which can lead to crumbling cookies and a grainy texture.

The general rule of thumb for Chocolate Crinkle Top cookies is that if they’re not eaten and completely gone after a few days (no, you don’t have to eat all those cookies before they go stale), then it’s best to stash them in the freezer.

Cookies can be stored for about 3 months in the freezer.

a tree with a box of Christmas cookies under it

Giving cookies as gifts at Christmas

In many American households, Christmas cookies are a vital part of the holiday experience. Whether they’re given to neighbors and friends or used as gifts for teachers, coworkers, or classmates, cookies ensure that the spirit of the season is felt all year long.

It’s no wonder that Christmas cookies are so popular. The aroma of freshly baked treats wafting through the kitchen signals warm holiday memories, and the sight of cookies heaped on a platter creates anticipation for family gatherings or parties. Tasting one fresh from the oven is truly an unforgettable experience.

How to package Christmas cookies

When preparing Christmas cookies to give as gifts, the most important thing to remember is that presentation counts. Whether you’re exchanging cookies as Christmas gifts or putting them on a cookie exchange platter, be sure to package them attractively.

That way they don’t look homemade but instead are wrapped and arranged in such a way that your recipients feel pampered. Here are some tips for making beautiful holiday cookie gifts:

Have you started baking Christmas cookies yet? These chocolate crinkle top cookies are one of our favorites! Make these easy Christmas cookies today.

Select a box with either a clear lid or one that’s made of clear plastic and fill it with layers of tissue paper, curling the edges. If you like, wrap each layer with a pretty ribbon to add color.

On top of the tissue paper, place cookies in rows. Arrange other holiday treats on the bottom of the box if you like, but be sure to keep any breakable items in a separate area from cookies so they don’t get crushed.

Packaged this way, Chocolate Crinkle Top cookies can also double as table decorations for parties and other festive occasions. Simply tuck an extra ribbon or two into the top of your cookie box (to use as handles) and cover it with a large bow.

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Chocolate Crinkle Top Cookies

Chocolate Crinkle Top Cookies Recipe for Christmas

Have you started baking Christmas cookies yet? These chocolate crinkle top cookies are one of our favorites! Make these easy Christmas cookies today.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 2 cups of semi sweet chocolate chips divided
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter softened
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar


  1. Melt chocolate chips in the microwave for one minute and then an additional 15 seconds additional until melted. Or if (like me) you don't have a microwave, use a double boiler.
  2. Preheat 350F.
  3. Mix all of the ingredients together except the powdered sugar.
  4. Shape dough into 1 1/2" balls, roll in powdered sugar.
  5. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  6. Bake 10-15 minutes.
  7. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes.
  8. Remove to wire racks.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 172Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 83mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 1gSugar: 19gProtein: 2g

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