Chocolate Crinkles: Easy Cake Mix Cookie Recipe - Just 4 Ingredients
Chocolate Crinkles are a variation of standard chocolate
cookies. These rich, sweet cookies are super-easy to put together from a cake mix. They are
rolled in powdered sugar for a touch of added sweetness and to add contrast to
the dark-colored dough. The surface of the cookie crinkles during baking,
giving the the cookies their name.
Prep time: 15 minutes
Bake time: 7-10 minutes
Makes about 4 dozen cookies
1 box (16 ounces) devil’s food or chocolate cake mix
½ cup vegetable oil
1 cup powdered sugar
Directions for Chocolate Crinkles
- Preheat oven to 350º F. Line baking sheets with parchment
- Place cake mix, oil, and eggs in a medium mixing bowl. Use a
large spoon to combine the ingredients by hand, scraping the bowl regularly. Mix
until dough is well blended, the cake mix has been absorbed, and the dough
forms a large ball.
- Place the powdered sugar in a shallow dish or on a plate.
- Form the dough into round, scant 1-inch balls in a
consistent size, using an ice cream scoop, kitchen teaspoon, or a measuring
teaspoon. Roll each ball in powdered sugar. Be sure each ball is not just
coated with sugar, but that it is nearly caked on. (Oil absorbs powdered sugar
easily.) Place cookies on prepared baking sheets 2 inches apart.
- Bake cookies for 7-10 minutes, one baking sheet at a time,
until cookies are set. Cookie surfaces will appear crinkled. Do not over bake.
- Remove cookie sheets from the oven. Allow cookies to sit for
a few minutes before using a spatula to transfer them to a wire rack. Cool
- Store cookies in an airtight container using waxed paper or
parchment paper to separate layers.
Special Tips from The
Elf for Chocolate Crinkles
You can use any chocolate cake mix brand when making these
cookies, but The Elf has had best success with Betty Crocker Super Moist®
Form all balls first before rolling in powdered sugar. This
allows the oil to absorb into the dough before applying the sugar. This way the
sugar coating does not disappear as readily when baking. Apply powdered sugar
thickly for best results.
For Mint Chocolate Crinkles, add 1/2 -1 teaspoon mint extract or mint flavoring to the dough in Step 2.
If cookies flatten while baking, use these tips:
- Try baking at 375º F so cookies set quicker.
- Be careful not to add more oil than called for by the
recipe, as oil encourages spreading.
- Roll cookies slightly larger than 1” – even up to 1 ½ inches
in diameter. Increase baking temperature 1-2 minutes.
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