Easy Spicy Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Enjoy these Spicy Chocolate Crinkle Cookies as a unique treat that brings together the richness of chocolate with a delightful touch of spiciness!

I make Chocolate Crinkle Cookies every year for Christmas. Simple and delicious, the cookie’s surface breaks under a wall of powdered sugar as it bakes, creating an abstract mosaic pattern. They appear as if you labored over them for hours when they are very easy to make. These cookies add a delectable chocolate component to any Christmas dessert assortment. It is the perfect chocolate Christmas cookie.

But this year, I think I made them better.

The Wasian Cookery Take

I added spices to my favorite Chocolate Crinkle Recipe to add dimension and excitement to this popular chocolate cookie. Chilis brings complexity to chocolate’s sweetness in baked goods. I love using gochugaru as my chili of choice since I always have it in the house. Gochugaru also plays exceptionally well with the smoked paprika.

If your Christmas cookie assortment consists of some overly sweet cookies, the Spicy Chocolate Crinkle Cookie may bring a hint of savory notes to better balance out the palette.

Nutrition Benefits of the Spicy Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

The Spicy Chocolate Crinkle Cookies offer a delightful combination of flavors along with potential nutritional benefits:

Cocoa Powder: Rich in antioxidants, and flavonoids, and associated with heart health benefits.

Eggs: High-quality protein source, rich in essential vitamins like B12 and riboflavin, and a good source of choline for brain health.

Vegetable Oil: Contains healthy unsaturated fats and, when used in moderation, contributes to heart health.

All-Purpose Flour: Provides carbohydrates for energy, with small amounts of essential nutrients like iron and B vitamins.

Gochugaru (Korean Chili Flakes): Capsaicin may boost metabolism, and it contains vitamins A and C.

Cumin: Potential antioxidant properties and known for anti-inflammatory benefits.

Smoked Paprika: Contains antioxidants, may have anti-inflammatory effects, and adds a smoky flavor without added calories.

Cinnamon: Known for antioxidant properties, and potential anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial effects.

Powdered Sugar: Adds sweetness but should be consumed in moderation.

In summary, these cookies offer a mix of macronutrients (carbs, fats, protein), and potential antioxidant benefits from spices, and moderation is key for enjoying them as part of a balanced diet.

How To Make Spicy Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Ingredients  

  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp gochugaru Korean chili flakes
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar

Instructions 

  1. In a large bowl, combine cocoa, granulated sugar, vegetable oil, and vanilla. Beat in eggs, one at a time.
  2. In the same bowl, sift in flour and baking powder. Stir in cinnamon, gochugaru, cumin, smoked paprika, and salt, and mix ingredients until a sticky dough is formed. Cover the dough and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C), line baking sheets with parchment paper, and pour powdered sugar onto a plate. Using a spoon, scoop out about 1-inch clumps of dough and drop the clumps into the powdered sugar. After you’ve dropped enough dough to crowd the plate, roll the dough into balls and roll balls in the powdered sugar until fully coated.
  4. Bake cookies for about 10-12 minutes. Allow cookies to rest on baking sheets for 2-3 minutes after removing them from the oven before transferring them to wire racks to cool completely.

Additional Tips:

  • Experiment with the level of gochugaru for your preferred spice intensity.
  • Consider adding a pinch of sea salt on top before baking for a delightful sweet and salty contrast.
  • These cookies freeze well. Store them in an airtight container for future cravings.

FAQs

Can I adjust the level of spiciness in the cookies?

Absolutely! The amount of gochugaru (Korean chili flakes) can be adjusted according to your spice preference. Start with a smaller quantity and gradually increase for more heat.

Can I substitute any ingredients for a healthier version of these cookies?

Yes, you can experiment with healthier alternatives. Consider using whole wheat flour, coconut oil, or natural sweeteners for a nutritious twist.

How do I store these cookies for maximum freshness?

To keep the cookies fresh, store them in an airtight container at room temperature. Adding a slice of bread can help maintain moisture and softness.

Can I freeze the cookie dough for later use?

Absolutely! The cookie dough can be frozen for future baking. Shape the dough into balls, freeze on a tray, then transfer to a freezer bag. When ready to bake, simply thaw and follow the baking instructions.

Spicy Chocolate Crinkle Cookies Recipe

Spicy Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Recipe by Wasian CookeryCourse: DessertCuisine: American, WasianDifficulty: Medium
Servings

60

Cookies
Prep time

20

minutes
Cooking time

36

minutes
Calories per Cookie

75

kcal
Total time

56

minutes

Gochugaru adds an incredibly, smoky spiciness to this Christmas dessert to make a perfect chocolate cookie!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 2 cups granulated sugar

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil

  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

  • 4 eggs

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 tsp baking powder

  • 1 tsp cinnamon

  • 1/2 tsp gochugaru Korean chili flakes

  • 1/2 tsp cumin

  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine cocoa, granulated sugar, vegetable oil, and vanilla. Beat in eggs, one at a time.
  • In the same bowl, sift in flour and baking powder. Stir in cinnamon, gochugaru, cumin, smoked paprika, and salt, and mix ingredients until a sticky dough is formed. Cover the dough and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C), line baking sheets with parchment paper, and pour powdered sugar onto a plate. Using a spoon, scoop out about 1-inch clumps of dough and drop the clumps into the powdered sugar. After you’ve dropped enough dough to crowd the plate, roll the dough into balls and roll balls in the powdered sugar until fully coated.
  • Bake cookies for about 10-12 minutes. Allow cookies to rest on baking sheets 2-3 minutes after removing them from the oven before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.
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