This Brownie Crinkle Cookies recipe is the best Christmas Cookie! It has a brownie flavor that is soft and fudgy, made with chopped dates.

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Want a “hot cocoa crinkle cookies recipe” that’s packed with fabulous brownie flavor? Then whip up a batch of our homeamde Brownie Crinkle Cookies! It’s one of my favorite all-time recipes growing up, only this time we put a spin on the recipe by adding chopped dates! Oh, my goodness, they melt in your mouth.

one Brownie Crinkle Cookie

Brownie Crinkle Cookies with Dates

The cookies bake up with crackled tops like the classic chocolate crinkle cookies, and are so chocolatey good.

You do not use a brownie mix, you make these from scatch. They are rich, fudgy, and simply irresistible!

Some people call them crackle cookies, and just like the snowball cookies, these crinkle cookies are a total staple in our house around the holidays!

platter of Brownie Crinkle Cookies with Dates

Why we love these cookies

  • Simple ingredients – With simple cookie ingredients, the star ingredient to this cookie recipe is chopped dates. Whip up a batch of these tasty little cookies. They’re easy to freeze, too.
  • Easy– Just mix, roll, and then roll again in the powdered sugar, and bake.
  • Moist, brownie flavor – There is nothing worse than a dry cookie. These tasty cookies are packed with brownie flavor with a slight crinkle on top–moist and sweet with the tiny pieces of dates.
  • The perfect Christmas plate cookie – A delicious brownie and date flavor, these Brownie Crinkle Cookies are always a hit. And they are so pretty on every Christmas platter!

bowl of dates

Ingredients for brownie crinkle cookies with dates

  • Butter
  • Cocoa
  • Eggs
  • Sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Salt
  • Vanilla
  • Flour
  • Baking powder
  • Dates: chopped to small pieces (you can buy pre-chopped or chop them yourself)
  • Powdered sugar: enough for rolling

how to make Brownie Crinkle Cookies with Dates

How do you make the cookies?

  1. Combine melted butter, cocoa, eggs, both sugars, salt, and vanilla. Mix well.
  2. Whisk in flour and baking powder and mix well. Stir in the chopped dates. Cover and chill for 30 minutes, until dough is firm.
  3. Place the powdered sugar in a small bowl. Scoop the dough into 3/4 inch rounds and roll in the powdered sugar.
  4. Arrange the cookies on parchment-lined baking sheets and bake!

baking sheet of Brownie Crinkle Cookies with Dates

Cool the cookies before serving.

plate of crinkle cookies

Tips and substitutions:

  • For a more Christmas-y twist add in a little bit of mint extract or some crushed candy canes if you love peppermint.
  • My mom cooked a lot with dates, so I continued the practice and our family loves them! I have noticed some people are not “date lovers,” which is okay. I like to think of December as “date” month, but it’s optional to leave out the dates in this recipe.
  • If you don’t love dates, substitute the dates for the mini chocolate chips! Delicious!
  • Make ahead: This recipe is easy to make, roll, and freeze. When the time is right, remove from the freezer, defrost the cookie balls, roll in powdered sugar, and bake!

Brownie Date Crinkle Cookies

Serve the cookies warm.

They are the best when served warm, right out of the oven! Or, better yet, with a glass of milk!

Try adding them to your Christmas cookie tray this year!

taking a bite of crinkle cookie

More Christmas cookies to try:

Christmas Frosted Sugar Cookies

Mexican Wedding Cookies (Snowball Cookies)

Red Velvet Gooey Crinkle Cookies

Toasted Coconut Magic Bars

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Brownie Crinkle Cookies with dates

This Brownie Crinkle Cookies recipe is the best Christmas Cookie! It has a brownie flavor that is soft and fudgy, made with chopped dates.
Make dough ahead of time and freeze in balls. Defrost cookie balls and roll in powdered sugar before baking!
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Yield: 8
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Ingredients
 

  • ½ cup butter, 1 stick, melted
  • cup cocoa
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 ½ tsp. baking powder
  • 1 cup dates, finely chopped
  • ½ cup powdered sugar

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350. Combine melted butter, cocoa, eggs, both sugars, salt, and vanilla. Mix well.
  • Whisk in flour and baking powder and mix well. Stir in dates. Cover and chill for 30 minutes, until dough is firm.
  • Place the powdered sugar in a small bowl. Scoop the dough into 3/4 inch rounds and roll in the powdered sugar.
  • Arrange the cookies on parchment-lined baking sheets and bake for 8-10 minutes.
  • Cool the cookies before serving.

Notes

Originally posted Dec 2014.
Cuisine: American
Course: Appetizer
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Brownie Crinkle Cookies with Dates