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I’m Gemma Stafford, professional Chef behind the online cooking show, ​Bigger Bolder Baking​ and the proud ambassador for GoodCook! As a Big and Bold Baker, I make it my mission to create recipes that blow your friends and family away and one of my favorite ways to do this is to take classic flavor combinations and transform them into fresh and new ideas.

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are an American holiday classic! They are hugely popular in my house and if these cookies are new to you I guarantee they will fast become a favorite in your household also. No matter what the holiday occasion, Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s Eve parties, these are the perfect finishing touch to any festive celebration.

For these cookies and the season that is in it, I thought it would be good to bundle for you some of my favorite GoodCook tools in case you wanted to put together a lovely baking box for the baker in your life this Holiday season.

Get the Tools

First off, the backbone of your baking equipment is a set of ​GoodCook Set of 3 Non-Stick Cookie Sheet​. Not just for the Holidays, but for all year round. I like these because they come in a set of 3 different sized cookie sheets.

Being a professional baker, in kitchens, we would use scales for precision and save time. That’s why I use a ​GoodCook Precision 7 Pound Scale​. The size of the bowl is perfect for everyday baking and you can weigh multiple ingredients at a time. A baker’s best friend for sure.

Some other useful tools to have to hand are a ​GoodCook Cookie Scoop​, a ​GoodCook Gourmet Stainless Steel Wire Strainer​ and of course one of the most used tools in the kitchen: a ​GoodCook Gourmet Stainless Steel Whisk​!

What Makes a Cookie Crinkle?

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies start with sugar, oil, and a TON of rich cocoa powder. Packed with chocolate, these cookies are very similar to a brownie, but take a super yummy turn right before baking.

After chilling the batter you roll the dough into little balls then dip each one in lots of powdered sugar, and then the magic happens! This outer layer of sugar keeps the outside of the cookie crisp while encasing a molten center. The crinkle on top comes down to a chemical reaction that happens with the rising agent and the rest of the ingredients. It makes them very unique and I think beautiful.

Can I Make My Crinkle Cookie Dough in Advance?

YES, get all those cookie doughs made early and frozen! I strongly recommend you do make all your cookies doughs for the busy Holiday season in advance. Why? It will save you time, it frees you up closer to the big day AND cookies doughs love to age! Meaning if you make them a week or two in advance it will improve their flavor and texture.

How Long do Chocolate Crinkle Cookies Last?

These crinkle cookies are at their best eaten within 48 hours. The best way to store these is in an airtight container at room temperature. I don’t know about you but if I got these as a gift this holiday season I would be beyond happy!

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Chocolate Crinkle Cookies Recipe

Yields 30 cookies     adjust servings
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My easy Chocolate Crinkle Cookies recipe will be a big hit with your family and friends this holiday season. Add it to your Christmas Cookie list!


  • 1 cup (4 oz/115g) cocoa powder, sifted
  • 2 cups (16 oz/450g) sugar
  • 1/2 cup (4 fl oz/115ml) vegetable oil (or any flavorless oil)
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (10oz/284g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (2oz/57g) powdered sugar


In a medium bowl, whisk together the sifted cocoa powder, sugar, eggs, vegetable oil, and vanilla until smooth.
In another bowl combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir to combine.
Gradually add the dry ingredients into the wet until an even brownie-like batter is formed. Cover the dough, and chill for at least 2 hours (At this point, the dough can be refrigerated for up to 5 days or frozen for up to 6 weeks)
Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C) and line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
After chilling, use a 1 tablespoon measure to scoop your cookies. Roll the dough between the palms of your hands to achieve a rounded ball. Scoop roughly 30-35 cookies. Roll each cookie dough ball in powdered sugar. Place dough balls 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets.
Bake in preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes. Take care not to over bake. Allow standing on the cookie sheet for 20 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.
Store at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

Mini Pumpkin Brownies

Mini Pumpkin Cheesecake Swirl Brownies are the tastiest way to celebrate autumn. This delicious dessert is perfect for fall parties. And the one-bite snack size with both pumpkin spice and chocolate flavors is seriously irresistible! Make these pretty babies for your next potluck. They'll disappear in seconds!

These three-toned mini pumpkin brownies are actually easier than you might believe! Just two bowls is all you need to whip these delicious bites up in minutes. The flavor? Wildly delicious! This recipe is the perfect way to welcome autumn into your kitchen…and into your belly.

Mini Pumpkin Cheesecake Swirl Brownies are the tastiest way to celebrate autumn. This delicious dessert is perfect for fall parties. And the one-bite snack size with both pumpkin spice and chocolate flavors is seriously irresistible! Make these pretty babies for your next potluck. They'll disappear in seconds!

Fun Flavor Twists

Enjoy this recipe as written below. Or try these yummy swaps:

  • Pumpkin, Pumpkin and More Pumpkin. Instead of regular cream cheese, sub in pumpkin flavored cream cheese for extra spice!
  • One Sweet Swap. Baked or canned sweet potatoes work nicely in this recipe, too. You can even hit the baby food aisle for sweet potato puree, so you don’t have any prep work!
  • Colors of the Season. Instead of chocolate chips, top brownies before baking with holiday colored sprinkles.

Mini Pumpkin Cheesecake Swirl Brownies are the tastiest way to celebrate autumn. This delicious dessert is perfect for fall parties. And the one-bite snack size with both pumpkin spice and chocolate flavors is seriously irresistible! Make these pretty babies for your next potluck. They'll disappear in seconds!

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Mini Pumpkin Brownies

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Three layers of rich deliciousness are compiled into this exquisite composition. The bold pumpkin mixture meshes with the creamy cheese, and the chocolate brownie serves as the final blast of flavor for these mini blockbusters.

  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 3 eggs
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 2/3 cup sugar + 3 tablespoons
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 Tbsp mini chocolate chips
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Special Equipment: Good Cook 12-Count Mini Loaf Pan


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a Good Cook 12-mini loaf pan with nonstick baking spray. In a medium bowl, whisk together 1 egg, cocoa powder, 1/3 cup sugar, and 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice. Spoon into the bottom of each mini loaf cup. In a second medium bowl, whisk together 1 egg, 1/3 cup sugar, the remaining pumpkin pie spice, flour, and pumpkin puree. In a smaller bowl, whisk together 1 egg white (discard the egg yolk of the third egg), softened cream cheese, and 3 tablespoons sugar. Swirl the cream cheese mixture slightly into the pumpkin mixture, then spoon on top of the brownie mixture in each cup. Sprinkle with mini chocolate chips. Bake for 10-15 minutes, just until the center of the brownies spring back when touched lightly. If using a mini muffin tin, bake time will be from 8-11 minutes. Cool slightly before removing from pan and serving.


  • Serving Size: 12


4-Ingredient Chocolate Bar Danish

How to Make a Gooey Chocolate Danish with Just 2 Basic Ingredients. Video tutorial included! You need this crazy delish croissant hack in your life.

Golden, flaky and amazingly delicious, this oozy chocolate Danish is just the perfect complement to any cup of coffee, it’s also super easy to make. You need just 4 simple ingredients and one sturdy baking sheet to get started. Prep it in 10 minutes, bake and you’ll be pulling apart a hot, flaky pastry in less time than it takes to hit the corner store bakery.

You can use either milk or dark chocolate for this recipe. We’ve tried both and recommend using dark chocolate. Milk chocolate ends up tasting tremendously sweet. But dark chocolate recreates that classic flavor of a Paris croissant.

Another trick to Danish success? Make sure you cook the puffed pastry until it is medium golden brown. Though the sheets will turn light golden, the pastry doesn’t puff into flaky layers until it’s had ample time to crisp. So, leave that pastry in the oven long enough to completely cook.

Ready to try it out? You can print the recipe below. But before that, why not watch this yummy wonder come together? We’ve cooked one up in our own kitchen, so you can see just how worthwhile it is to cook one up in yours!

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4-Ingredient Chocolate Bar Puffed Pastry


Chocolate Bar Danish

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2 basic ingredients plus an egg and sugar. That’s all you need to make these insanely delicious slices of chocolate croissant.

  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4


  • 1 puff pastry sheet
  • 1 large (4.25 oz) chocolate bar, dark or milk
  • 1 egg
  • sugar for sprinkling.


Thaw your puff pastry sheet according to directions on the label. Once thawed, lay flat on a cutting board. Lay your chocolate bar on top of the puff pastry sheet. Using a pizza cutter or pastry wheel, slice diagonally from the edge of the pastry sheet to the edge of the chocolate bar all the way down until you have made slits all along the edges of both sides. Fold the diagonal strips you have formed onto the chocolate bar overlapping and forming a braid appearance as best as possible. The main point is to make sure to cover any of the exposed chocolate. Trim any excess where needed and use to path any holes if necessary. In a separate bowl, whisk an egg to make an egg wash for the pastry. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper then lay your pastry on top. Brush the egg wash onto the pastry and then sprinkle with sugar. Bake 400 degrees F for 18-20 minutes or until golden. Allow to cool slightly, then cut and serve!


  • Serving Size: 1


3-Ingredient Mint Oreo Ice Cream Parfaits


These quick and easy 3-ingredient Mint Oreo Ice Cream Parfaits will have your guests “oooh-ing” and “ahh-ing” over your beautiful desserts.  Nobody needs to know how little effort you put into them!  They are perfect for any St. Patrick’s Day get together, or just to enjoy with family!

St. Patrick’s Day is the perfect day to indulge in your mint obsession isn’t it?  And it also gives us the perfect excuse to make colorful desserts.  Not that it is blaspheme on any other day of the year, but for whatever reason, doing so on a holiday just makes it that much more fun.  And I’ll take any reason I can get to use up my creative juices in the kitchen.  Take these Mint Oreo Ice Cream Parfaits as the perfect example.  Two of a woman’s favorite treats: ice cream and Oreos.  Mix them together, throw in a little color, and you get a dessert that will appeal to the hearts of anyone.

The best part of this dessert is the simplicity.  I absolutely love that it looks complicated, but it is truly the exact opposite.  This no-fuss dessert will make everyone at the table appreciate how simple they are.  Only 3 ingredients and no need to turn on the oven, you are ready to make these delectable delights!  Just take your favorite Mint-Chocolate Chip ice cream, mint Oreo’s and whipped cream and layer them into your finest serving glasses – whether that is martini glasses, wine glasses or mason jars!  Quick and easy desserts that look difficult are the best in my book.  Minimal effort and maximum enjoyment!  Such a perfect way to kick off St. Patrick’s Day in dessert style.

If you carry these around on St Patrick’s Day, you’re sure not to get pinched! But you might get kissed by an Irish.  Or American.  Or anyone else.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! How will you be celebrating this green holiday?

Find more of Carla’s great recipes at Carla’s Confections.

3-Ingredient Mint Oreo Ice Cream Parfaits

Serves 4     adjust servings
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  • 8 scoops mint chip ice cream
  • 8-12 mint chocolate sandwich cookies, crushed
  • 2 cups whipped topping


In a parfait glass, one scoop ice cream, 1/4 cup whipped topping, and 2 tablespoons crushed cookies. Repeat until glass is filled. Enjoy immediately.