There’s something magical about chocolate crinkle cookies. Little balls of dark chocolate dough are cloaked in a generous coating of confectioners’ sugar and lined up in neat rows on a baking sheet. Then, once in the oven, they are transformed, spreading and cracking as they please. This recipe is a play on the traditional chocolate crinkle cookie. The generous infusion of crystallized ginger gives the crinkle cookie a spicy wallop that enhances and intensifies the chocolate experience.–Jennifer Lindner McGlinn

A plate with seven chocolate-ginger crinkle cookies.

Chocolate Ginger Crinkle Cookies

4.86 / 14 votes
These chocolate ginger crinkle cookies are a pleasing riff on a familiar (and easy!) Christmas standby. Chunks of crystallized ginger and dark chocolate make for a rather grown-up experience of a childhood classic.
David Leite
Servings40 cookies
Calories68 kcal
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Total Time1 hour 15 minutes


  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 stick (4 oz) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 7 1/2 ounces bittersweet, dark, or semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped crystallized ginger
  • Confectioners’ sugar, for rolling


  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, ginger, and cinnamon.
  • In a medium heatproof bowl, combine the butter and 3 ounces of the chocolate. Place the bowl over a saucepan filled with about 1 1/2 inches of simmering water (being sure not to let the bottom of the bowl touch the water) and stir occasionally until the chocolate and butter have melted and the mixture is smooth.

    ☞ TESTER TIP: You can instead melt the mixture in the microwave, heating it at about 20-second intervals and stirring periodically until it is melted and smooth.

  • Remove the bowl from the saucepan and let it cool for about 10 minutes.
  • Stir the granulated and brown sugars into the melted chocolate mixture. Drop in the eggs, 1 at a time, mixing until smooth after each addition. Stir in the vanilla extract.
  • Gradually stir in the flour mixture. Fold in the remaining 4 1/2 ounces of chocolate and the crystallized ginger. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and set in the refrigerator to chill for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  • Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Shape the chilled dough into walnut-size balls, roll in confectioners' sugar, and arrange them about 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. (If your kitchen is quite warm and the dough becomes too soft, return it to the refrigerator until chilled and fairly firm.)
  • Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the cookies have spread and the tops are cracked.
  • Let the chocolate-ginger crinkle cookies cool on the baking sheets on wire racks for about 2 minutes. Place the cookies on the wire racks to cool completely. (You can store the crinkle cookies in an airtight container or in a resealable plastic bag for up to several days.)
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Serving: 1 cookieCalories: 68 kcalCarbohydrates: 11 gProtein: 1 gFat: 2 gSaturated Fat: 1 gMonounsaturated Fat: 1 gTrans Fat: 1 gCholesterol: 10 mgSodium: 34 mgFiber: 1 gSugar: 8 g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Recipe © 2009 Jennifer Lindner McGlinn. Photo © 2020 Lili Basic. All rights reserved.

Recipe Testers’ Reviews

This cookie recipe is very straightforward and perfect for novice bakers who want to venture beyond chocolate chip or peanut butter cookies. (Yes, it lets you melt chocolate in the microwave!) In terms of the flavor, subtlety is the name of the game. As the rich chocolate gets gooier, you’ll appreciate the added depth of the dark brown sugar and a hint of cinnamon. As the chocolate melts away in your mouth, bits of crystallized ginger shyly appear and release its fragrant warmth for you to enjoy.

Everyone who tasted these chocolate crinkle cookies was surprised by the candied ginger, then surprised again by how much they loved the combination! I liked the little added bits of chocolate pieces in the cookies and the fact that they stayed soft. Very chocolaty, thanks to the cocoa and melted chocolate.

I put this dough together and baked the cookies the next day. These were lovely little crinkle cookies with the interesting ginger twist. Maybe a bit too much ginger for my taste (mine were pretty strong), but a great combination of chocolate and ginger.

These crinkle cookies are a mouthful of flavor. They start out with the ginger, and then finish with the chocolate. These will be one to make for the holidays.

Snowy, crackly caps of white on spicy, dark chocolate decadence. It’s hard to imagine a better (or easier) recipe for baking your way into the holiday spirit. These dramatic cookies riff on the traditional crinkle cookie, keeping all the beauty and crispy-gooey goodness of the original and revving it up with the flavor of gingerbread. The double-dose of ground and crystallized ginger adds depth and an irresistible deliciousness to the chocolate; you can’t eat just one.

I’ll be making these over and over again this season, and no doubt they’ll end up in my holiday baker’s gift boxes. Still, don’t fool yourself into thinking they’re only for the winter season—you’ll want to bake these all year long.

These crinkle cookies are delicious. Very easy to make and wonderful to eat. I love the ginger and chocolate combination. I will keep this recipe and make the cookies again and again.

This cookie should be installed in the “Cookie Hall of Fame”! Chocolate and ginger are always a winning combination, and this cookie proves that. The chocolate/ginger/cinnamon cookie is studded with chopped chocolate and crystallized ginger that truly reinforces the cookie dough flavor. P.S. They are beautiful to look at.

Hot out of the oven, these crinkle cookies are a bit too gooey, but, if you’re patient enough to let them cool completely, you’ll be rewarded with a dark, fudgy treat. The ginger flavor is subtle, but adds a nice hint of heat.

This was an excellent recipe, producing the best cookies I’ve had in recent memory. I was concerned that the cookies might be overly gingery. However, following the recipe exactly, the chocolate and ginger balanced perfectly.

This play on the traditional crinkle cookie is better than the original, in my opinion. The only concern I have is about the strength of the ginger flavor. These almost need to come with a warning: “Don’t eat me if you don’t love ginger!” The cinnamon plays well with both the chocolate and ginger, and I like the pieces of chocolate and candied ginger studded throughout the dough.

An appealing variation on a holiday standard. These chocolate ginger-snappy crinkle cookies were gone in, literally, a snap—all 40 of them! They were not too sweet and, as my friend Graham said after eating his first one, “You could even eat more than one…In my book, cookies are meant to be eaten en masse!” Interestingly, the ginger is a surprise—my cookie-eating taste-testing friends easily noted the chocolate, and then consistently could not place the double ginger as the chocolate’s spicy partner.

About David Leite

I count myself lucky to have received three James Beard Awards for my writing as well as for Leite’s Culinaria. My work has also appeared in The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Saveur, Bon Appétit, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Yankee, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and more.

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  1. 5 stars
    A perfect recipe. Certain to transform any baker into the envy of the office holiday potluck. You’ll earn multiple sneers from the Crock-pot set.