Chocolate Crinkle Cookies-Snow Cookies

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies-Snow Cookies

I’m not sure if most families leave the same cookie for Santa each year, but we do.  We leave him Snow Cookies.  I know other people call them Crinkle Cookies, but not us; to us they are snow cookies because of the powdered sugar on the outside.

We have put out these cookies for Santa ever since I can remember.  They are one of my all time favorite cookies and we usually only make them in December.

My first memory of eating these cookies goes back to when I was probably in 2nd grade, my mom made them for my piano recital and I fell in love. My mom made them every Christmas and we would leave them out for Santa and give them to neighbors in a cookie tin.  My junior high math teacher Mr. Lesuma loved them so much and we continued to take them to him for years after and even after we were married.  I think my mom still makes them the best.  Even though I have been making them for 17 years on my own, hers still taste better and it’s the same recipe.  Isn’t that funny how that works out?

I love brownies and these cookies kind of remind me of them.  They are fudge and chewy on the inside and a little crispy on the outside. After you roll the dough balls in powdered sugar they bake up and make beautiful crinkles on the outside.

Just a reminder, when making these cookies, be sure not to over bake them, they should look a underbaked in the center. Once you take them out of the oven and they will continue to bake and the centers will harden a little.

I hope you add this cookie to your Santa plate this year.  I know he will love them.

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Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
  1. In a medium bowl, mix together cocoa powder, sugar and oil. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Mix until smooth and shiny.
  2. In another bowl, combine together flour, baking powder and salt. Stir into the cocoa mixture just until smooth.
  3. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  4. Preheat oven to 350F. Prepare 4 cookie sheets with parchment paper. Roll dough into 1-2 inch balls (I always use a cookie scoop which makes 2 inch balls).
  5. Roll each ball in powdered sugar and place onto cookie sheets. Leave some space because they will spread.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes for smaller cookies, and 12-14 minutes for larger cookies. Let cool for at least 5 minutes before removing from cookie sheets.
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Recipe from my moms recipe box and adapted from here.


  1. These look so yummy! My boyfriend would love these 🙂

  2. These cookies look so delicious! I still need to make some cookies for a get together and I think I’m going to try these 🙂

  3. I love the look of these for the holidays! They look delicious 🙂

    xx nicole

  4. My mouth is watering!! Seriously need to try making this recipe–maybe I’ll make them for NYE!

  5. ruthieridley

    These look delicious!!!

  6. I’ve been looking for a good crinkle cookie recipe, so I will have to give this one a try!

  7. Congratulations! I love the pictures and also the recipe, I will let you know when I make these 🙂

  8. These look positively to die for! I’ve never made any like this so I’m definitely adding it to my list.

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