Chocolate Orange Coffee Crinkles

Scrumptious Sweet Treat

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These Chocolate Orange Coffee Crinkles have both cocoa powder and dark baking chocolate in them. Their fudge-like flavor will satisfy all those choco-holics out there. Chocolate crinkle cookies are classic, but this recipe reinvents them into something unforgettable. With the surprise additions of orange juice, orange zest, and instant espresso powder, this cookie turns into a multi-dimensional, complex, and completely scrumptious sweet treat. They are an utter delight to eat.

Holiday Chocolate Crinkles

Since you roll the balls of dough in powdered and granulated sugar, they “crack” open as they bake to show off the chocolate inside. This crinkle effect also gives them a distinctly festive and fun appearance. You are going to want to bake these winning cookies again and again, for the holidays or ANY time of year. They pair great with coffee, so wow your friends next time you invite them over for a cup of java.

Betty Crocker and blue ribbon recipes from our archives were the inspiration for these Chocolate Orange Coffee Crinkles. We started with Betty’s Chocolate Crinkle recipe,  added butter, upped the chocolate ingredients, changed from white to brown sugar, and made a few other modifications. We also looked closely at some orange chai crinkles that won at 2013 Washington State Fair. Since we’re huge citrus fans, we decided to showcase the orange flavor with the zest of an orange, plus its fresh-squeezed juice. Wow! After some test runs and tweaks, this has become a huge favorite. You can easily change up the flavors by changing the extracts. A raspberry version was popular around here also. We simply left out the orange elements, and used a raspberry extract and extra vanilla.

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Top tip with these chocolate orange coffee crinkles: Be careful not to over bake. They should be moist and fudgy. No one likes a dry cookie that’s supposed to be rich and tender. Also, for an intense chocolate flavor, be sure to use a 70% cacao dark baking chocolate. We used Ghirardelli and loved the chocolatey taste it gave the cookie.

If you want more holiday themed recipes, check out this shortbread and this pound cake.




Chocolate Orange Coffee Crinkles        

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups brown sugar (lightly packed)

3 large eggs

1 tablespoon instant espresso powder

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

4 ounces 70% cacao dark baking chocolate

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 tablespoon orange juice

1 tablespoon orange zest

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. In large bowl, mix flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In medium bowl, mix brown sugar, eggs, espresso powder, and vanilla. In small microwave-safe bowl, combine chocolate and butter. Microwave at 50% until it stirs smooth, about 2-3 minutes. Slowly whisk chocolate mixture into brown sugar mixture until combined. Add this to the flour mixture, in the large bowl, until combined. Place granulated sugar and confectioner’s sugar in separate low-sided dishes. Roll dough into 1-inch balls (about 1/2 ounce each). Drop balls into granulated sugar. Roll to coat evenly. Repeat in powdered sugar. Place on prepped baking sheets. Bake 12 minutes or until set but centers are still soft. Be careful not to over bake. Makes 54 cookies.

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