Fudgy and rich vegan chocolate crinkle cookies are so pretty and a serious crowd pleaser! A classic holiday cookie, and for good reason.

vegan chocolate crinkle cookies in a stack of 4

It’s the season for cookies! Christmas is a month away, and I hope this is a time of cookie baking, hot chocolate sipping, snuggling with a kitten on the couch (wait, is that just my life?), fuzzy socks and quality time with friends and family.

These Vegan Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are sure to get you in the spirit of Christmas! Its almost like they’re trying to be a brownie that’s rolled in powdered sugar. They are super fudgy inside with a wonderful powdered sugar outside, and they get the most beautiful cracks after baking. It’s quite magical!

vegan chocolate crinkle cookies on wood board

My oldest son says these are his favorite cookies. Then again, whenever I make Vegan Snickerdoodles, he claims those are his favorite cookie ever, so I don’t know…. But I’ve never come across a person that didn’t LOVE these vegan chocolate crinkle cookies!

How do you make vegan chocolate crinkle cookies?

These fancy looking cookies are surprisingly easy to make. If you’ve been with me awhile, you might know that I like to make my dessert recipes as easy and delicious as possible. If I can, I use 1 bowl, which is what I did here.

First, you make the cookie dough (all in 1 bowl). A sifter is helpful because cocoa powder can be quite chunky, and you want it to be very fine. Same with the flour. If you don’t have a sifter, you can use a fine mesh strainer.

Then, shape in balls, roll in powdered sugar (GENEROUSLY) and bake! That’s it.


vegan chocolate crinkle cookies before being baked on pan

What kind of cocoa powder?

Natural cocoa powder works here, as well as dark cocoa powder, dutch processed or even cacao powder. Use you what have. Dark cocoa powder makes them extra dark in contrast with the powdered sugar.

vegan chocolate crinkle cookies stacked with a bite taken out of one.

For more vegan cookie recipes, check these out:

Vegan Snickerdoodles

Vegan Sugar Cookies

Perfect Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

vegan chocolate crinkle cookies, 1 with a bite taken out up close shot.

vegan chocolate crinkle cookies in a stack of 4

Vegan Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Fudgy and rich vegan chocolate crinkle cookies are so pretty and a serious crowd pleaser! A classic holiday cookie, and for good reason. 
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  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, add the sugar and canola oil. Stir with a wooden spoon until well combined and smooth. Add the ground flax seeds, non-dairy milk and vanilla, and mix well to combine.
  • Sift in the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt using either a sifter or fine mesh strainer. Stir until combined with the wet ingredients and a soft dough is formed. 
  • Place the powdered sugar in a small mixing bowl. Scoop out a heaping tablespoon of dough at a time, and shape into a ball. Roll the ball in the powdered sugar very generously, covering all sides. The more powdered sugar, the prettier the cookies will be.
  • Place the balls onto the prepared baking sheet, about 2 inches apart so they have room to spread.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes until set. They will appear slightly undercooked and soft, but will firm up as they cool.
  • Cool on the baking sheet for at least 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack. Store any extra cookies in an airtight container for 4-5 days. Enjoy!



  1. May use canola oil, melted coconut oil or melted vegan butter.
  2. Use any kind of non-dairy milk you like, such as soy, almond, cashew, or coconut milk.
  3. If the dough is hard to work with, stick it in the fridge for 30 minutes or so, then try again. You can also wet your hands a little bit so the dough sticks less.


Serving: 1cookie, Calories: 148kcal, Carbohydrates: 26g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 36mg, Potassium: 77mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 18g, Vitamin A: 17IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 21mg, Iron: 1mg

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