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Chocolate crinkle cookies

Chocolate crinkle cookies |

I never really make cookies. I don’t know why or well, maybe just to prevent myself from eating the entire stack. That is a very good reason not to make them. 🙂 Growing up – as you might know by now – my mom hated cooking and trying to dig through my memory I don’t think we ever made cookies together. I did bake cookies when I was at my friends house. Her mom always made those ‘sand cookies’ which you could make into any kind of shape so my friend and I loved to do that. And – as usual – we also would end up eating most of the dough…


Chocolate crinkle cookies |

For some reason, even though I now bake a LOT every year, the cookie thing never stuck with me. Maybe because they do not excite me as a beautiful cake, bundt or pie does. It’s just what it is; a cookie. Flat and small. And even though I’ve seen many gorgeous examples of beautifully made works or art that are then called a cookie, it is not something I am likely to make a lot of. However, when I saw this recipe for these chocolate crinkle cookies I just wanted to try them out. The recipe is very simple and the only real time requirement is the cooling in the fridge (1,5 hour) Other then that; it is easy. Do make sure your oven is at the right temperature or the crinkle effect will be lost.

You see I made two batches. One – the darker photos – are with the correct crinkles, but the other batch I made a mistake with the oven temperature putting it on 140 C instead of 160 C which means the cookies are good, but don’t have those cute cracks. And what are chocolate crinkle cookies without the crinkles right?

The inside of these cookies is a lot like a brownie. Nice and soft, while the outside has a bit of crunch. Absolutely delicious and aren’t these perfect for your Christmas cookie table (not that you would maybe have a Christmas cookie table, but it sounds good doesn’t it?)

I changed the base recipe a little bit to incorporate more of my favorite spices in here. But you can leave those out if you don’t like them!

Chocolate crinkle cookies

You need to rest the dough in the fridge for at least 1,5 hr!


  • 175g plain chocolate , chopped
  • 60 gr unsalted butter
  • 175g plain flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 2 eggs at room temperature
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1,5 tsp spices (I used cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg and cardamom)
  • 60g icing sugar


  1. Heat the oven to 160C/fan 140C/gas 3. Melt the chocolate and butter in a bowl over a small pan of simmering water or in a microwave until smooth. Cool slightly. In a separate bowl mix the flour, baking powder, spices and ½ tsp salt.
  2. Beat the eggs and sugar with an electric whisk until pale, about 2 minutes. Reduce the speed and add the chocolate mix and vanilla extract. Add the flour mixture until blended together. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for 1½ hours or even up to 2 days.
  3. Put the icing sugar in a small bowl. Shape the dough into 4cm balls and roll in the sugar. Put them on baking sheets lined with baking paper and press down lightly with your hand to flatten. Bake for 12-15 minutes for soft centres and set edges. Let cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes and then put on a rack to cool.

Recipe van BBC Good Food

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  • Reply
    Maureen | Orgasmic Chef
    March 12, 2014 at 11:20 am

    I don’t make cookies for the same reason. They call me even when I’m upstairs working. 🙂 These do look pretty and they sound delicious!

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    A Canadian Foodie
    March 12, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Look incredible, Simone! I wanted to mention that when your posts come into my e-mail the title is always the same – regardless of what you write in your post…. See what Simone’s Cooking Today – or something like that… and when I open the post, it is the same. Not until I click on your logo, and come to your site do I find out the topic of your post. I don’t have time to do that every time – but would LOVE to see what each post is about and am sure I would be popping by much more often if you could tweak that.

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      Simone van den Berg
      March 12, 2014 at 5:53 pm

      He Valerie! O that is odd, to say the least… Could you do me a favor and forward one of those mails to me so I can have a look why it is not doing what it is supposed to do? It could be that the topic is the same I believe, I need to check on that, but definitely the post shouldn’t be as that needs to be refreshed daily…

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    March 12, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    These look incredibly delicious!

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    March 12, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    Seriously? It’s like cookies every week for me. They are just so easy to make 😉 These look fantastic! I see your problem, I think I would eat the entire batch :p

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      Simone van den Berg
      March 12, 2014 at 10:55 pm

      Yes, thats always the issue for me… I can’t constrain myself! 🙂

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    John@Kitchen Riffs
    March 13, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    We (or rather Mrs KR) do make a lot of cookies (and brownies) but try to give most of each batch away. Otherwise we’d be stuffing our faces all day. 😉 Lovely recipe, great photos. I love texture in food, and your photos captured it perfectly.

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      Simone van den Berg
      March 14, 2014 at 7:20 am

      Giving it away is the perfect option indeed John! My family and neighbors are always happy to receive whatever leftovers we have here… 🙂

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    March 13, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    Oh yes, this brings back such sweet memories! I loved “helping” my mom make cookies when I was younger, but by “helping,” I mean “eating half of the raw dough before it ever makes it into the oven.” 😉 With batter so tasty, I can see that I might go right back to that approach for theses cookies too.

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      Simone van den Berg
      March 14, 2014 at 7:22 am

      Yes! That batter eating!! I almost forgot.. (Lying a little now…lol) but yes I did the same… Cake batter is still my downfall. I sometimes find it better than the finished product. Lol.. But not necessarily very healthy to eat raw so I try not to but it’s so tempting…

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    March 14, 2014 at 2:41 am

    OMG I want to eat them all! What is caster sugar?

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    Holly | Beyond Kimchee
    March 16, 2014 at 1:32 am

    So glad to find your blog! Your cookies look divine. I have tried many chocolate crinkle cookies but most of them didn’t include the spices. Can’t wait to try yours. And you photography is stunning! Following you!

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      Simone van den Berg
      March 16, 2014 at 11:37 pm

      Thanks Holly! I think it’s the spices that make all the difference here, so delicious,

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    March 16, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    I love chocolate crinkles, these look so delicious!

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    Chocolate Shavings
    March 17, 2014 at 1:11 am

    Now that’s a stack of cookies! Yum!

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