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Grandma's Chocolate Crinkles Recipe

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A delicious recipe for soft chocolate cookies that the dough is cooled before forming into balls. This page contains grandma's chocolate crinkles recipe.


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November 15, 2017

My Grandma was an excellent baker. This recipe was one of her go-to favorites. It came from and old cookbook. It used to use solid baking chocolate but my grandmother cleverly substituted with cocoa powder and oil to stretch a dollar! :)

Prep Time: About 30 minutes, plus a couple hours chill time in the freezer

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: several dozen


  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar


  1. Mix the oil, cocoa, and granulated sugar.
  2. Add the eggs last, one at a time. Stir in the vanilla.
  3. In a separate dish, stir together the flour, baking soda, and salt until well incorporated.
  4. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and stir well.
  5. Place the dough into a container and freeze for several hours to firm.
  6. Once firm, make sure to preheat your oven to 345 degrees F. My grandmother had it down to a science; the 5 degree difference makes what was a finicky recipe more reliable.
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  8. Taking a small spoon, scoop up enough dough to make a 1 ½ inch round. Form into a ball, then roll the top half in powdered sugar.
  9. Place on nonstick cookie sheet. Alternatively, use a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake the cookies for about 10 minutes in a 345 degree F oven.
  10. Let cool on the baking sheet before digging in, otherwise the cookies will fall apart. Once cooled, they should be a little crisp on the outside and soft, not gooey, on the inside. Enjoy!
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November 18, 20170 found this helpful

They look delicious but I don't see the amount of flour to put in the recipe. Did I miss that?

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November 18, 20170 found this helpful

How much flour is used here? Also, is one cup cocoa correct? Want to make these, but thought recipe was missing some amounts. Thanks!

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November 20, 20170 found this helpful

Oops! That's 2 cups flour.

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November 20, 20170 found this helpful

It is 2 cups flour. It was missing from the recipe. I have fixed the recipe to show this change. :)

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