Vegan Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

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These vegan chocolate crinkle cookies are simple indulgences for chocolate lovers. They have a snazzy pattern but are so easy to make.

chocolate cookies on cooling rack

These vegan crinkle cookies have it all: chewy, crispy, and melts-in-your-mouth. Their simplicity makes them a timeless classic and one of our favorite Christmas cookies.

Don’t be intimidated by the intricate crinkle patterns on the tops of these cookies. Similar to my vegan lemon crinkle cookies, all that’s needed to make them is a quick roll in confectioners’ sugar! The eye-catching pattern creates itself in the oven.

This recipe has been designed to be totally vegan, so it is eggless and dairy-free. It is tried and tested. The end result is worth the effort!

chocolate cookies stacked on cooling rack

Ingredient Notes

  • Dutch-processed cocoa powder – Has a more mellow, richer taste than natural cocoa. You can use natural cocoa powder but you will need to add 1/4 tsp of baking soda.
  • Granulated sugar and brown sugar – this combination gives the cookies a good balance of crispness and chewiness.
  • Espresso powder – a small amount adds a boost of chocolatey flavor without tasting like coffee.
  • Vegan egg – use a storebought option or make your own with tapioca starch or flaxseeds.
  • Granulated sugar, for rolling – a light layer of granulated sugar on the cookie dough helps prevent the confectioners’ sugar from melting onto the cookie during baking.

How to Make Vegan Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

  1. Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt into a medium bowl and set aside.
  2. In a larger bowl, add the sugars, oil, vanilla, espresso powder, and cocoa powder. Mix to combine then stir in the vegan egg.
  3. Gradually mix in the flour until a dough is formed. Cover and chill the dough for 1 hour or until firm.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350°F / 180°C and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Fill one small bowl with granulated sugar and another with confectioners’ sugar.
  5. Divide the dough into 9 pieces. You can also use a #40 cookie scoop (1½ tablespoons). Roll each piece into a ball between your hands.
  6. Roll each ball into the granulated sugar first for a light coating, then into the confectioners’ sugar for a heavy coating.
unbaked chocolate cookie dough balls on baking tray
  1. Place the cookies on the baking sheet with 2 inches of space between them. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until they have just cracked.
  2. Cool the cookies for 2 minutes on the tray, then carefully move them to a cooling rack. Dust with a little more confectioners’ sugar if needed.
chocolate cookies on cooling rack

Storage Suggestion

These cookies keep for up to four days in an airtight container at room temperature. The dough can be made ahead of time to save time on busy days.

Simply follow the recipe until the balls of dough are rolled out, freeze on a tray in a single layer, then stored them in an airtight container until time to bake. Related: Can You Freeze Cookie Dough?

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Crinkle cookies on a cooling rack.

Vegan Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

5 from 1 vote
Prep: 40 minutes
Cook: 12 minutes
Rest: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 56 minutes
Calories:89
Servings: 9 cookies
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These dairy-free, eggless chocolate crinkle cookies are simple indulgences for chocolate lovers. They have a snazzy pattern but are so easy to make.

Equipment

  • Mixing bowls
  • Sifter
  • Parchment paper
  • 18-by-13 inch half sheet pan
Recipes: For more accuracy, use Metric measurements & measuring spoons.
How To Measure Baking Ingredients Correctly

Ingredients

  • ½ cup (65 g) unbleached all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup (50 g) granulated cane sugar
  • ¼ cup (50 g) brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon instant espresso powder
  • ¼ cup (20 g) Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • 1 vegan egg, (See Notes for options)

For Coating

  • 2 tablespoons granulated cane sugar
  • ¼ cup (30 g) confectioners’ sugar

Instructions

  • Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt into a medium bowl and set aside.
    ½ cup (65 g) unbleached all-purpose flour ,½ teaspoon baking powder ,⅛ teaspoon salt
  • In a larger bowl, add the sugars, oil, vanilla, espresso powder, and cocoa powder. Mix to combine then stir in the vegan egg.
    ¼ cup (50 g) granulated cane sugar ,¼ cup (50 g) brown sugar ,2 tablespoons vegetable oil ,1 teaspoon vanilla extract ,¼ teaspoon instant espresso powder ,¼ cup (20 g) Dutch-processed cocoa powder ,1 vegan egg
  • Gradually mix in the flour until a dough is formed. Cover and chill the dough for 1 hour or until firm.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F / 180°C and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Fill one small bowl with granulated sugar and another with confectioners’ sugar.
  • Divide the dough into 9 pieces. You can also use a #40 cookie scoop (1½ tablespoons). Roll each piece into a ball between your hands.
  • Roll each ball into the granulated sugar first for a light coating, then into the confectioners’ sugar for a heavy coating.
    2 tablespoons granulated cane sugar ,¼ cup (30 g) confectioners’ sugar
  • Place the cookies on the baking sheet with 2 inches of space between them. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until they have just cracked.
  • Cool the cookies for 2 minutes on the tray, then carefully move them to a cooling rack. Dust with a little more confectioners’ sugar if needed.

Notes

  • Egg replacer options:
    1. Store-bought vegan egg replacer for 1 egg (e.g., Ener-G or Bob’s Red Mill) mixed with water as directed.
    2. 1 tbsp tapioca starch mixed with 2 tbsp aquafaba.
    3. 1 tbsp ground flax or chia seeds mixed with 2 tbsp water. Set aside for 5 minutes until thickened (makes chewier cookies).
  • Flavor variations – Try adding some peppermint extract or finely chopped candy canes for mint chocolate cookies, or grated orange zest for chocolate orange ones! For more texture, stir in a handful of cranberries, toasted nuts, or your favorite vegan candy bar.
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Nutrition Facts
Vegan Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
Serving Size
 
1 cookie
Amount per Serving
Calories
89
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.4
g
1
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.2
g
1
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.04
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
0.1
g
Sodium
 
59
mg
3
%
Potassium
 
54
mg
2
%
Carbohydrates
 
25
g
8
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
14
g
16
%
Protein
 
1
g
2
%
Vitamin A
 
0.1
IU
0
%
Calcium
 
34
mg
3
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition Disclaimer
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian

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