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Coffee Chocolate Crinkles

The flavor of chocolate cookies is heightened with the addition of espresso to create these coffee chocolate crinkles. Chocolate crinkle cookies are perfect for a cookie exchange, holiday party or Christmas desserts too.
Coffee Chocolate Crinkle Cookies on wire rack with red napkin

Coffee chocolate crinkles are strong contenders for my favorite Christmas cookie. I’ve tested a few cookies out as candidates to take to a neighborhood cookie exchange. Molasses ginger cookies, red velvet chocolate chip cookies, chocolate caramel thumbprint cookies, rugelach, and no bake kit kat squares are all excellent possibilities.

I think holiday cookies not only have to be tasty, but they have to be something you wouldn’t make on some random day in July. No run of the mill cookies in sight. Make it special and something that you look forward to each December.

What are crinkle cookies?

Crinkle cookies are soft and chewy on the inside but have a crackled look on the outside. Chocolate crinkle cookies are fudgy and rich. Often crinkle cookie dough will be rolled in confectioners sugar before baking which gives them a snow covered look. Perfect for the holidays!

This easy chocolate crinkle cookie has the not so secret ingredient of brewed espresso which adds a punch of coffee flavor and deepens the chocolate taste. Coffee and chocolate are a perfect pairing!

Bake holiday memories

Keep in mind you don’t have to spend hours in the kitchen to bake up these holiday memories. Exactly the opposite is true. You will more likely make recipes an annual tradition if they are easy enough to make. Count on these coffee chocolate crinkle cookies to fit the bill. They are an easy Christmas cookie exchange recipe.

Crinkle cookies are an easy recipe to double so that you can make a few batches at once.

This particular recipe comes from the book Crazy about Cookies by Krystina Castella. Her version might even be more tempting—a Coffee Liqueur Crinkle. I didn’t have coffee liqueur on hand so I substituted espresso instead. Coffee would work nicely as well.

So what do you think, will these pillow-like chocolate and coffee cookies be a hit at the cookie exchange? Or do you have a standby that you count on for your annual holiday party?

What kitchen items do I need to bake cookies?

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Yield: 2 dozen

Coffee Chocolate Crinkles

Coffee Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

These festive cookies are perfect for a cookie exchange party!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 25 minutes


Ingredients: (Recipe Adapted from page 150 in Crazy about Cookies)

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (I added another 1/4 cup to my dough)
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 12 ounces bittersweet chocolate
  • 4 Tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup brewed espresso (liquid- not granules), room temperature
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar (to roll the balls of dough in before baking)


  1. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl, set aside.
  2. Heat the chocolate and butter in a double boiler until melted. Set aside to cool.
  3. Beat the eggs, espresso and granulated sugar until smooth.
  4. Add the flour mixture and chocolate to the egg mixture. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 2-3 hours or until firm.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment.
  6. Put the confectioners’ sugar in a bowl. Use a melon-baller to scoop consistent amounts of dough. Roll them in your hands into balls. Drop the dough balls into the confectioners’ sugar and coat thoroughly.
  7. Place the balls on the cookie sheets about 2 inches apart. One dozen should fit on each cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes then let cool for 5 minutes before transferring the cookies to a rack.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 125Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 117mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 2g

This data is provided by Nutritionix and is an estimate only.

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Post originally shared in 2012. Updated in 2018.

Laura@baking in pyjamas

Sunday 27th of October 2013

I completely agree with cookies for Christmas have to be something special and worth waiting for December to have. These sound great for the holidays, I love the icing sugar on top, reminds me of snow.

Holly @

Sunday 27th of October 2013

Thanks for reminding me of these-- can't wait to make them again this year!


Tuesday 11th of December 2012

With espresso?! Yes!!! I Love your crinkles!! I have yet to make some this season... time to get on that, ha? :-)

I don't know if anyone looks forward to a particular cookie of mine, but I do know that they inhale whatever cookie I give them. ;-)

Holly @

Tuesday 11th of December 2012

I agree with you-- any cookie is a good cookie in my book!


Tuesday 11th of December 2012

Chocolate crinkles are my FAV, and these are gorgeous to boot :)

Holly @

Tuesday 11th of December 2012

This was my first try with chocolate crinkles and now I am seeing them everywhere! What have I been missing all of these years!? Thanks, Sarah!

Holly @

Tuesday 11th of December 2012

Thanks, Pamela! Baking on Christmas Eve is such a special time. I hope your kids join you!

Lea Ann (Cooking on The Ranch)

Tuesday 11th of December 2012

I love that photo Holly. And chocolate and espresso = yum.

Holly @

Tuesday 11th of December 2012

Thanks, Lea Ann! I might try coffee liqueur next time, Baileys Irish Cream would be nice too.

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