Christmas Crinkle Cookies

left is the mexican hot chocolate crinkle cookie & right  is the peppermint crinkle cookie

Tis the season!.... For cookies 😋

Today I'm going to share one of my favorite cookie recipes that I make every year! It's so versatile and so delicious that I'm sure they'll be a huge hit at any event! I'm going to show you my base crinkle cookie recipe and then 2  delicious flavors you can play around with using the base! Here we go!

Crinkle Cookies

Makes about 7 dozen cookies

  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons french vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar

  1. In a medium bowl, mix together cocoa, white sugar, and vegetable oil. Beat in eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt; stir into the cocoa mixture. Cover dough, and chill for at least 4 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Roll dough into one inch balls with lightly oiled palms. I used a size 50 cookie scoop to portion the dough, a tablespoon or rounded teaspoon would also work depending on what size you like. Coat each ball in confectioners’ sugar before placing onto prepared cookie sheets. [Alternatively, try other ingredients like cinnamon-sugar or sprinkles.]
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes. Let stand on the cookie sheet for a minute before transferring to wire racks to cool.

Peppermint Crinkle Cookies

Make the recipe above, but substitute peppermint extract in place of vanilla. Bake at 350 degrees F for 10-12 minutes. And your house will smell like a Christmas wonderland! Mmm.


Mexican Hot Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

This version was inspired by Martha Stewart's Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies.

^Martha Stewart's Hot Chocolate Cookies ^

Use the base recipe, but add 1/2 teaspoon of chili powder and 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon to your 1/2 cup of confectioners' sugar. Then roll your cookie dough in the sugar mixture and bake as directed. 

**For an extra kick, add a pinch of cayenne powder to the sugar mixture. 


Seriously, Crinkle Cookies are my absolute favorite to make.  I love to make new flavors with them. What do you make during the holidays that you love sharing with your family and friends?

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