These vegan chocolate crinkle cookies are adapted from my grandmother’s recipe and are a Christmas staple in our household. It’s been so fun to make her recipe vegan and still maintain the full integrity of the fudgey centers!

If you haven’t tried these cookies before, I promise they are SO easy and are definitely going to be a hit. Seriously, my husband and I can’t stop eating them over here.

chocolate crinkle cookie

what you’ll need for vegan chocolate crinkle cookies

  • vegan butter melted {I’ve also done with melted coconut oil, and if you do use that, then don’t put in the fridge after as the oil hardens too much}
  • sugar – I have only tried with regular granulated sugar but you could test out coconut sugar
  • flaxeggs – my grandmother’s recipe called for 4 eggs, so I just made the swap to flaxeggs and seriously the flavor did not change
  • pantry items of vanilla, flour, salt, baking soda

tips for making your vegan chocolate crinkle cookies

  • Firstly, get your flaxseed eggs going. You’ll do 4 tbsp of ground flaxseeds mixed with 8 tbsp of water. Stir it up so all of the ground flaxseed gets mixed in with the water and let it sit for 10 minutes.
  • Secondly, you’ll have to double boil melt the unsweetened chocolate. I think the melted unsweetened chocolate yields a better result than recipes that use cocoa powder. If you haven’t double boiled, it just prevents the chocolate from burning, so you’ll get two equal sized pots, and fill the bottom one fairly full with water and let it boil. Then place the second pot on top of the one with boiling water, and add the chocolate to this one. The boiling water from below will gently melt the chocolate squares.
  • Let the dough refrigerate and chill. I think this helps them spread out further while cooking.
  • Most importantly, let the cookies cool for about 10 minutes on the baking sheet before placing them gently onto a cooling rack.


  • 1/2 cup melted vegan butter or melted refined coconut oil (make sure it is refined so it doesn’t have the coconut flavor)
  • 6 oz unsweetened chocolate, melted over a double boiler
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 flaxseed eggs (4 tbsp of ground flaxseeds, stirred with 8 tbsp of water) Let sit for 10 minutes to marinate and coagulate
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup powdered sugar


  1. Get the flaxseed eggs going. Mix 4 tablespoons of ground flaxseeds with 8 tablespoons of water in a small bowl. Stir to make sure all the flaxseed is exposed to water. Then let it sit for about 10 minutes.
  2. Melt 1/2 cup of vegan butter (I love Miyokos) I just melt it in the microwave for about 20 seconds. Or melt 1/2 cup refined coconut oil if you don’t have the vegan butter. You can also use canola oil.
  3. Then melt 6 oz of unsweetened chocolate over a double boiler
  4. Pour the vegan butter into a mixing bowl. Add the melted chocolate and sugar.
  5. Mix the three ingredients well.
  6. With the mixer still going, add a scoop of the flaxseed eggs 1 at a time (as if you’re adding 1 egg at at time). Let each scoop mix into the batter before adding the next. Keep mixing well!
  7. Add the vanilla
  8. Once the wet ingredients are well mixed, add the 2 cups of flour with the mixer still running.
  9. Follow with the salt and baking soda.
  10. Chill the dough in the refrigerator for about 2 hours
  11. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a cookie sheet, or use a silpat mat on a cookie sheet like I do
  12. Put the powdered sugar in a shallow bowl
  13. The dough will be pretty hard! Just do your best to scoop about 2 tablespoons worth of dough and form into a ball. You’ll be using your hands to shape it into this ball form, since it won’t scoop into a ball.
  14. once shaped into a ball, roll the dough into the powdered sugar and coat very thoroughly and fairly thickly.
  15. Place on the cookie sheet and bake for 12-13 minutes
  16. Let the cookies cool on the cookie sheet before putting them on the cooling rack. Top with additional powdered sugar as you’d like!

Looking for other vegan treats, check these out:

Vegan Apple Crisp

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