If soft, fudgy centered cookies are what you like then crinkles are for you. They're easy to make and bake up soft with a gooey chocolate center. This cookie is just begging for a glass of cold milk.
The crinkle part of the cookie happens when you roll the balls of dough in powdered sugar. As they bake, the cookies spread, the top crinkles up and parts of the powdered sugar remain visible. You can make crinkles in different flavors but the sugar contrast shows up best on chocolate.
Some recipes add chocolate chips to the batter for a double chocolate cookie. I'm all for adding chips but this time I used peanut butter chips because chocolate and peanut butter belong together, right?
The secret to crinkle making is to chill the dough twice. First, before forming the cookies. The second chill is after you've made the balls and rolled them in powdered sugar. It helps to stop the cookies from spreading too much and keeps the centers soft. Enjoy!
Chocolate Crinkle Cookies with Peanut Butter Chips
- 1 Stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 Cup granulated sugar
- 2 Eggs
- 1 Teaspoon vanilla
- 1 Cup all-purpose flour
- 1/3 Cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 Teaspoon baking powder
- 1 Teaspoon salt
- 1 Cup peanut butter chips
- 1/2 Cup powdered sugar
- Cream together the unsalted butter and granulated sugar using a hand or stand mixer. Beat in the eggs and vanilla.
- Sift together the all-purpose flour, unsweetened cocoa powder, baking powder and salt.
- Stir the dry ingredients into the wet and then stir in the peanut butter chips. Refrigerate the dough for at least 30 minutes.
- Add the powdered sugar to a wide shallow bowl. Scoop the dough into balls (I used a 1 1/2 oz. scoop and got about 8 large cookies), roll in the powdered sugar and refrigerate for an additional 15 minutes.
- Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the dough balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and space them at least 2" apart because they will spread. Bake for about 11 minutes. The cookies will be very soft. Allow them to cool completely before handling.