Chocolate Crinkle Sprinkles: Best of the Cocoa Powder Cookie Recipes

These chocolate crinkle sprinkle cookies are the best of the cocoa powder cookie recipes we’ve ever tried. And they look adorable.

We love cocoa powder cookie recipes. You can have all of the chocolatey goodness with none of the hassle of melted chocolate. These chocolate cookies not only have a great tongue-twister of a name, but are also ridiculously adorable. If you use red and green nonpareils, they make a great addition to your holiday season gift boxes.  They disappear extraordinarily fast in our house. Maybe it has to do with the addictive combination of fudgy insides and crunchy outsides.  If you want to amp up the chocolate flavor of this recipe, stir in the chocolate chips at the end, or freeze some nutella and assemble cookie balls around the frozen nutella clumps.

A Short History of Nonpareils

These cookies call for the adorable little colored balls that are known in some circles as nonpareils (“without equal”). Other popular names include hundreds and thousands (a reference to how difficult it would be to count them, particularly since they seem to really like to roll off the table and onto the floor!), and liebesperlen (“love pearls”). They seem to have evolved out of an 18th century French medicinal use of sugar. At some point, French pastry chefs began to use them for decoration, a task for which they were perceived to be without equal (“non pareil”!). These little treats seem to have been widely available to home cooks as early as the 19th century, in a range of colors.

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Chocolate Crinkle Sprinkle Cookies: Best of the Cocoa Powder Cookie Recipes

Introducing the best of the cocoa powder cookie recipes: The Chocolate Crinkle Sprinkle Cookie. A crunchy exterior encasing a dense fudgy chocolatey bite. YES!!!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Cool Time 4 hours
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 16 cookies


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup shortening or vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sprinkles


  • Whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl.
  • Mix cocoa powder, sugar, and oil in a large bowl or in a stand mixer using the paddle attachment.
  • Add the eggs, one at a time, beating on low speed after each addition.
  • Stir in the vanilla extract.
  • Sift the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt) to your wet ingredients and beat until combined, scraping the bottom of the bowl as needed.
  • Transfer the dough to a bowl and cover with plastic wrap or transfer to an airtight container. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 350 F when it’s time to bake. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or our favorite non-stick silicone baking mats.
  • Scoop cookie dough into 1 1/2 tbsp balls (the dough will still be sticky. Remain calm and keep scooping).
  • Place balls of dough one at a time on a plate and cover with sprinkles.  Roll in additional sprinkles if needed to fully coat. 
  • Place cookies 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Transfer the cookie sheet to preheated oven. Let the cookies bake until just set, about 10-12 minutes. The cookies will spread a little, but will still be soft.
  • Let the baked cookies cool completely before transferring to a wire rack.


These little cookies keep nicely in a airtight container for several days, if you can resist eating them!
Keyword chocolate chip, cocoa, cookie, sprinkles
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