When biting into a homemade cookie goes from crisp to gooey, you know you’ve succeeded. That’s the beauty of a chocolate crinkle cookie — the crunchy cracks on the surface but chocolatey goodness on the inside.
My chocolate crinkle cookies are made using heart-healthy dark chocolate, antioxidant-rich cacao powder and energy-boosting coconut oil. These ingredients, plus natural sweeteners like maple sugar, make these the healthiest crinkle cookies out there.
What are Crinkle Cookies?
To crinkle is to form small creases or cracks, which is exactly what happens when you bake a crinkle cookie. As the cookies puff up in the oven, they begin to crackle. The perfect chocolate crinkle cookie is crisp and crunchy on the surface and gooey on the inside. Using my recipe, that’s made possible with the combination of coconut oil and dark chocolate — two disease-fighting, energy-providing, brain-boosting foods that taste delicious too.
Chocolate crinkle cookies are also traditionally topped with confectionary sugar, but I do that a little differently, of course. I use maple sugar as a natural sweetener and combine it with arrowroot starch, which gives it that powdery texture so it coats the cookie perfectly.
Chocolate Crinkle Cookies Nutrition Facts
- 138 calories
- 2 grams protein
- 11 grams fat
- 10 grams carbohydrates
- 6 grams sugar
- 2 grams fiber
- 0.04 milligrams vitamin B2 (4 percent DV)
- 0.2 milligrams niacin (2 percent DV)
- 0.09 milligrams vitamin B5 (2 percent DV)
- 0.04 micrograms vitamin B12 (2 percent DV)
- 9.4 milligrams choline (2 percent DV)
- 0.3 milligrams copper (37 percent DV)
- 0.6 milligrams manganese (31 percent DV)
- 44 milligrams magnesium (14 percent DV)
- 0.9 milligrams zinc (12 percent DV)
- 68 milligrams phosphorus (10 percent DV)
- 1.8 milligrams iron (10 percent DV)
- 127 milligrams sodium (8 percent DV)
- 210 milligrams potassium (4 percent DV)
- 2.2 micrograms selenium (4 percent DV)
- 17 milligrams calcium (2 percent DV)
Here’s a quick glance at some of the top health benefits associated with the ingredients in these chocolate crinkle cookies:
- Cacao powder: Raw cacao nibs or powder can be considered superfoods because they contain many phytonutrients and flavonoids. Cacao powder is high in magnesium, a mineral that plays an important role in muscle and nerve function, and it reduces your risk of coronary disease and stroke due to its antioxidant content. Cacao also works to enhance your mood and ability to focus. (5)
- Coconut oil: There are so many coconut oil benefits, which is why I often use it in my recipes, especially when baking. Coconut oil contains healthy fats called medium-chain fatty acids, including caprylic acid, lauric acid and capric acid. These fats are immediately converted into energy instead of being stored as fat. They are also easier to digest, help boost brain function and prevent heart disease and protect the liver. (6)
- Dark chocolate: Unlike processed, highly-sweetened chocolate, the health benefits of dark chocolate are impressive. Dark chocolate contains powerful antioxidants that fight disease-causing free radicals. Dark chocolate also improves your heart health and cholesterol profile, while boosting your cognitive function, too. (7)
How to Make Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
The first step to making these tasty chocolate crinkle cookies is preheating your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. You’ll also need a cookie sheet that’s lined with parchment paper.
Next, in a small bowl, mix together ½ cup of solid coconut oil that’s at room temperature and ½ cup maple sugar. Then add in 1 egg, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, ½ teaspoon of baking soda, ½ teaspoon of salt and 1 cup of cocoa or cacao powder.
Now stir in 1 cup of dark chocolate chips.
Once the ingredients are well combined, use a cookie scoop to shape cookie dough balls, making about 15 cookies. Bake your cookies for 10 minutes, or until the cookies are set around the edges.
When they’re done in the oven, let the cookies cool for about 5–10 minutes. Then combine arrowroot starch and maple sugar as your powdered sugar replacement. You can just use a fork to dust the cookies, adding a little sweetness to your bite.
And like that, your chocolate crinkle cookies are ready to enjoy!
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Gooey Chocolate Crinkle Cookies Recipe
- ½ cup coconut oil, solid at room temperature
- ½ cup maple sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup cocoa or cacao powder
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips (70% or darker)
- Arrowroot starch/maple sugar (as powdered sugar replacement)
- Preheat oven to 350ºF.
- In a small bowl mix together the coconut oil and maple sugar until well combined.
- Add in the egg and vanilla, stirring until combined.
- Add in the baking soda, salt, and cocoa or cacao powder, mixing until smooth.
- Stir in the chocolate chips.
- Use a cookie scoop to shape cookie dough balls.
- Bake for 10 minutes, or until set around the edges.
- Allow cookies to cool for 5-10 minutes before serving.
- Top with arrowroot starch/maple sugar mixture.
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