Mint Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

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Make the best chocolate crinkle cookies ever! Made with cocoa powder, they're a classic, family favorite Christmas cookie with a yummy chocolate mint twist.

Every Christmas I make a few of our favorite Christmas cookies, including cutout sugar cookies and crinkles. This crinkles recipe has become a staple Christmas dessert, even making it into Thanksgiving festivities this year.

While I used to make chocolate crinkles with a brownie mix, I don't anymore. In fact, I'm actually pretty proud of this recipe for perfectly gooey chocolate mint cookies.

While the cookie dough is easy to mix up, it is a thicker, stickier dough. It's a lot like brownie dough in that way.

The cookies themselves are coated in powdered sugar and infused with peppermint flavor. They're best when they're warm and gooey from the melted chocolate chips and mint baking chips.

chocolate crinkles piled on white plate, festive chocolate mint Christmas cookies recipe

If you enjoy these Christmas cookies, you may also enjoy these reindeer thumbprint cookiesbutter almond snowball Christmas cookies, and chocolate lover's Christmas light cookies.


If you’d rather skip all of my baking tips, important cooking info for this recipe, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to the scrumptious crinkles recipe – just scroll down to the bottom, where you’ll find a printable recipe card.


Your first step will be to soften the butter, which you can do by either getting it out of the fridge ahead of time and letting it sit or putting it in the microwave for a few seconds.

using KitchenAid mixer to cream butter and sugar for chocolate crinkle cookie recipe

After creaming (or mixing) together the butter and sugar, mix in the eggs and the flavored extracts.

sifting together dry ingredients, including cocoa powder, for chocolate crinkle cookies

Sift the dry ingredients, and add them to the mixture.

mixing ingredients with KitchenAid mixer for crinkles

Then comes the best part… Fold in the chocolate chips and mint baking chips, making sure they're mixed into the dough really well.

You can if you want to, but you don't have to. Here's a tip, though.

These cookies are best when they're warm out of the oven. In fact, they can be a little stale after a day or two (unless you pop them in the microwave and warm them up).

chocolate crinkles cookie dough in KitchenAid mixer bowl

However, when you chill the dough, it helps to keep the cookies fresher for longer. I chilled my dough for about 4 hours the last time I made a batch, and the cookies were still fresh as a daisy and quite delicious 2 to 3 days later.

So… My recommendation is to chill the cookie dough for a good 3 to 4 hours before baking.


Once you have your baking sheet out and ready to go, oven pre-heated, and cookie scoop in hand, take the following steps:

  • Scoop about a tablespoon or so of cookie dough.
  • Drop that scoop of cookie dough into a small bowl of powdered sugar and roll the dough ball around, making sure it's good and coated.
rolling chocolate crinkle cookies dough balls in powdered sugar for baking
  • Then just place each sugar coated dough ball on your baking sheet and you'll bake according to the recipe instructions below.

These really are the best Christmas cookies ever; they're one of my favorite Christmas recipes.

chocolate crinkle cookies baked and placed on white marble countertop

I dare you to try and stop at just one.

stack of chocolate mint crinkle cookies with bite taken


You can freeze the cookies, but I'm not sure how fresh they'll taste later on… I'd almost recommend freezing the cookie dough over the already baked cookies if possible.

chocolate mint crinkles piled on plate with holiday kitchen towel and served with milk


Stand Mixer or Hand Mixer with Mixing Bowl


Cookie Scoop

Cookie Sheet

Wire Rack

Christmas Cookie Jar or Festive Christmas Tin

crinkles piled on plate with bite taken out of Christmas cookie, served with jar of milk

Nothing says Christmas quite like a warm batch of gingerbread cookies.

Mommy Hates Cooking has a scrumptious alternative to milk chocolate with these White Chocolate Christmas Cookies. And Around Our Family Table has a super easy recipe for Chocolate Peppermint Cookies.

stack of chocolate crinkle cookies with bite taken out of Christmas cookie


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stack of chocolate crinkle cookies on white countertop with plate of Christmas cookies and milk

Mint Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Make the best chocolate crinkle cookies ever! Made with cocoa powder, they're a classic, family favorite Christmas cookie with a yummy chocolate mint twist.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Cookies & Bars, Desserts
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 36 servings
Calories: 197kcal
Author: Mel Lockcuff



  • Pre-heat the oven to 350° F.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream or mix together the softened butter and sugar.
  • Mix the eggs, vanilla extract, and peppermint extract into the butter mixture.
  • In a separate large bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture, mixing well.
  • Fold the chocolate chips and mint baking chips into the mixture by hand.
  • Using a cookie scoop, scoop about a tablespoon of cookie dough, and drop it into a small bowl of powdered sugar; roll the dough ball around, making sure it’s coated with powdered sugar.
  • Place each sugar coated dough ball on the cookie sheet, and bake at 350° F for about 12 to 15 minutes, or until the cookies are set.
  • Allow the cookies to rest on the cookie sheet for about 2 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.


*I normally use an ungreased cookie sheet, but depending on the kind of baking sheet you use, you may want to spray it with a little cooking spray.


Serving: 36servings | Calories: 197kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 2g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 76mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g
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