Cocoa Snowflakes or Cocoa Crinkles

Cocoa Snowflake Cookies

Cocoa Snowflakes - a fave! I love the crinkly crispy crust and chewy center!

When I make Christmas cookies, Cocoa Snowflakes are always on the list. Why? Well, there’s chocolate. And there’s that almost chewy texture that works so nicely with the crispier sides and bottom of the cookie.

Cocoa Snowflakes or Cocoa Crinkles

Cocoa Snowflakes or Cocoa Crinkles

And then there’s easy and relatively inexpensive, too. Almost downright cheap. And fast. And don’t forget they’re just a classic recipe.

There’s one trick to know about Cocoa Snowflakes – do not over bake. They’re ready to come out of the oven when they’re puffed and still looking a little gooey. Give one of the cookies the barest nudge with your spatula and if the edge seems to be firm, pull them.

Cocoa Snowflakes or Cocoa Crinkles

Cocoa Snowflakes or Cocoa Crinkles

You’ll cool them on the cookie sheet for a few minutes where they’ll continue to firm up but not completely set, so this is an ideal cookie to pull out that parchment for. Then you can slide the whole works off the cookie sheet with no worries about marring the shape and let them finish cooling to room temperature.

The Christmas Holiday season is the ideal time to stock up on all kinds of baking items – they’ll be sales and coupon galore. I call the sales that start a little before Thanksgiving, go through Christmas and lead into the New Year the “Trifecta” of Holiday sales.

Cocoa Snowflakes or Cocoa Crinkles

Cocoa Snowflakes or Cocoa Crinkles

Cocoa Snowflakes

  • Servings: 25-30
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 5 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 6 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 extra-large eggs
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar (for rolling)

When ready to bake, preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

In a heavy saucepan or microwaveable bowl, melt butter over low heat. Add cocoa powder (sift first if lumpy) and blend until smooth. Scrape into a mixing bowl and add sugar, combining until mixed.

Add eggs one at a time, stirring well after each addition, then add vanilla and mix in.

Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt together. Add flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix together. Cover and chill, at least 30 minutes and up to 24 hours. Dough will still be sticky.

Place the confectioner’s sugar into a small, shallow pan. Roll dough into 1″ balls, several at a time, dropping and rolling each into sugar. Place onto greased cookie sheet about 2 1/2 inches apart.

Bake at 400 degrees for 8 minutes until edges are set and tops look puffed, slightly cracked, but still look slightly under baked and moist where the cracks are forming. Let cool five minutes before removing from pan and the let cool to room temperature.

Store in airtight container.


I’ll be sharing this week at Fiesta Friday & Throwback Thursday.

21 thoughts on “Cocoa Snowflake Cookies

  1. I’ve been inlove with these cookies since forever! No one could resist such thing that’s very easy to make and oh so good! 😀 Happy FF, Mollie. Have a fun holidays! x

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  3. These are sooooo addictive and will be gone too fast! I’ve got the red velvet version which I also really like, but that cracked sugar on top is something I haven’t quite master. I wonder what/how makes the sugar cracked cookie looks nice (and not just a blobbed sugar)!

    • Okay, so I read something about the science behind it. Two things, the cookie dough should be cold – very well chilled, and then the other thing is that when rolled in sugar, the sugar hydroscopically pulls some of the moisture out of the cookie which helps make it crack. But I roll pretty generously in sugar and then am really careful not to disturb the sugar when I put it on the cookie sheet. And handle carefully when I take them off, too. Hope that helps!! Little reindeer

  4. Yep, I would gladly help you eat these. I do need a good simple chocolate cookie in my repertoire. Maybe once I get over my Christmas cookie hangover (I’m sure that’s a thing and it’s coming!) I will give these a try!

    • I saw your post and was comparing recipes – I’ve been meaning to try a cook’s illustrated recipe I’ve seen, but I think I could make these in my sleep and it’s so nice to have a simple cookie. 🙂 I made them in SD but they’re sadly gone! Little reindeer

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