Chocolate Crinkles, The Crackle Cakes Recipe

Crinkles chocolate crackle cookies recipe - lilie bakery

This recipe from Chocolate crinkles, soft cracked cupcakes, are sure to please you! We love their unique texture, with a melting heart, and their beautiful white and black contrast on the outside.

These are just the kind of cookies we bake as Christmas approaches (but not only). We can of course eat crinkles chocolate all year round! This is a recipe that will speak, I am sure, to all chocolate lovers ...

What are chocolate crinkles?

These are cupcakes very soft with cocoa covered with a thin layer of icing sugar which cracks slightly during cooking. The contrast of colors is particularly marked: this is what gives them all their charm!

The recipe for Crinkles comes from the United States, where they are still very popular. So they are half cookies (by their appearance and their method of preparation) half cake (for their texture and taste). It is as soft as you want, and even tender if you do not exceed 10 minutes of cooking. Like snow covered with their icing sugar, they are rich in cocoa and very comforting.

Chocolate crinkles crackle cake recipe - Lilie Bakery

How to make crinkles?

First, mix the dry ingredients on one side, the wet ingredients on the other. Then the dry ingredients are incorporated several times in the wet ingredients.

At this point it is important to do rest the dough in the refrigerator several hours (all night is ideal). This allows you to shape the balls for baking.

Using a tablespoon or ice cream scoop, form small balls which are then rolled in icing sugar. The more icing sugar, the more result will be contrasted, the more the cracked side will be visible. So do not have a light hand on this step: the visual rendering will not be optimal otherwise!

Last step, we put the crinkles in the oven, then let them cool on a plate before finishing the cooling on a rack.

Chocolate crinkles - Lilie Bakery

How to store crinkles?

These crinkles are easily stored at room temperature, in an airtight box for about 4 days. They keep a little longer if you put them in the refrigerator.

For the end of the year celebrations, you can also offer them as a gourmet gift to your loved ones. Besides being good, crinkles are also very pretty with their white coating.

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If you make this recipe, don't hesitate to tag @liliebakery on Instagram so I can see your pretty crinkles!

Chocolate crinkles - Lilie Bakery
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Chocolate Crinkles, The Crackle Cakes Recipe

We melt for their half-cookie, half-cake texture! A simple recipe to make and so delicious ...
Prep time15 minutes
Cook time10 minutes
Total25 minutes
Recipe type: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American, French
Yield: 20 biscuits


  • 195 g all-purpose flour
  • 70 g unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 250 g light brown sugar
  • 1,5 cc baking powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 90 ml Colza oil or other oil
  • 3 cc natural vanilla extract
  • 0,75 this salt
  • + icing sugar for decoration


  • Mix the dry ingredients in a container: flour, yeast, cocoa, salt.
  • Separately, mix brown sugar, oil and vanilla. Add the eggs one by one, mixing between each.
  • Gradually pour the dry ingredients into the liquid ingredients three times.
  • Put the container in the refrigerator overnight (or at least 5 hours).
  • Preheat the oven to 175 ° traditional heat.
  • Using a tablespoon, take portions of dough then quickly form balls with your hands (it sticks but it's normal), then roll in icing sugar to coat each ball.
  • Then place them (spacing them well) on a baking sheet covered with baking paper.
  • Bake for 10 minutes (the edges should hold together, the center should be soft).
  • Then leave to cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet, then place on a grid.


NB: if you make several successive batches, put the dough in the fridge while waiting.
Keeps for several days in an airtight box.
Par Lilie bakery
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    December 13, 2019

    They are beautiful like all your crackles!

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    December 20, 2021

    Thank you for this recipe which looks delicious,
    A quick question: how many crinkles do you get with this recipe?

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      Lilie bakery

      December 20, 2021

      Hello Sahar, we can make about XNUMX crinkles as indicated in the recipe. See you soon ;)

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    December 25, 2021

    Hello, your cookies look delicious! Can we reduce the sugar without spoiling the recipe? It seems like a lot 250g ..

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      Lilie bakery

      December 30, 2021

      Hello Myriam, the sugar helps counterbalance the bitter cocoa and add softness to the recipe. You can totally reduce if you want. See you soon :)

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    December 12, 2022

    Good morning! Can we replace bitter cocoa with dark pastry chocolate? If so what would be the amounts of sugar and chocolate then?

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      Lilie bakery

      December 13, 2022

      Hello Lexi, I don't advise you because that would involve changing a good part of the recipe (including changing the oil to the butter). So it would be a completely different recipe. Goodbye :)

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    December 3, 2023

    5 stars
    Perfect recipe for the holidays! All my guests enjoyed it and the cookies were not dry at all :) I used an ice cream scoop to form the balls because my dough was too sticky to my fingers. As indicated in the preparation, let the cookies rest well so that they do not stick to the baking sheet, especially as the icing sugar is still very volatile after baking. A recipe to make and repeat without hesitation. Thank you Lilie!

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      Lilie bakery

      December 4, 2023

      Thank you very much for your feedback Raphaëlle, I am delighted that you like these crinkles :) See you soon


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