Classic Fudge Crinkles

You know how I pretty much live by the motto “give me chocolate or give me death”? Well, I must warn you that these classic chocolate crinkle cookies are a chocolate-lovers dream! In fact, I made these puppies while the family was away and I hid them so I could relish in my chocolate fantasy all to myself! But one thing backfired…the smell! I tried to act like it was all in my husband’s head when he asked “Did you bake something? It smells like chocolate cake.” Darn that chocolate smell. I reluctantly pulled out the container of cookies and shared. Because it was the right thing to do.

The Crinkles are quick and SUPER EASY to make. Chewy. Fudgy. Delicious. You get the picture.

Recipe inspired by Betty Crocker
5.0 from 3 reviews
Classic Fudge Crinkles
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Recipe type: Cookies, Dessert, Christmas Dessert
Serves: 30 cookies
  • 1 box (18-1/4 ounce) Devil's Food Cake Mix
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Powdered sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (325 degrees for dark or nonstick cookie sheets)
  2. In a large bowl, stir together dry cake mix, oil, eggs, and vanilla until dough forms.
  3. Refrigerate dough for 15-30 minutes for easier handling.
  4. Dust your hands with powdered sugar and shape dough into one to 1.5-inch balls.
  5. Roll balls in powdered sugar applying a thick coating. Place two-inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until center is just set (not hardened)
  7. Cool for a minute before removing from cookie sheet to cooling rack.
  8. Store in a tightly covered container.
After using several different devil's food cake mixes, Betty Crocker's SuperMoist Devil's Food Cake Mix is the best.
About Jen

Jen is owner, author, and creative mind behind Bakerette. Jen eats a vegan diet and recently converted Bakerette to a plant-based website that offers a smattering of healthful recipes! Jen is author of the cookbook Festive Feasts: Meals and Memories from Halloween to Christmas, which can be purchased online at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.


  1. Delia C Menchaca says:

    Do we use the butter and oil for the crinkle cookies? ………………………..delia

  2. These look so good…I’ll be making this for Christmas…I’m sure I have a special someone who will love these…thank you for posting these…

  3. Christmas would never be the same without chocolate crinkles. My mother made these every Christmas and I have taken up the task.

  4. These are one of my favorite cookies, my children used to love getting them in their lunch many years ago.

    • Me too. A perfect solution to a chocolate craving. :)

      • I purchased the BC Super moist cake mix………….my box is only 15.45 oz……… how do I adjust the oil?

        Mary Anne

        • Hi Mary Anne. Good question. I’m generally not good with math, so I’m not sure how to answer this question. I would adjust the oil to the amount it states on the box and see how it turns out. Let me know. I’d love to hear.

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