Rich, fudgy vegan chocolate crinkle cookies are a classic holiday crowd-pleaser and so simple to prepare with zero eggs or dairy this holiday season!

Ingredients – ⅓ C of unsweetened cocoa powder – ½ C of granulated sugar – ¼ C of vegetable oil – ½ C of applesauce – 1 tsp of vanilla extract – 1 C of all-purpose flour – ½ tsp of cinnamon – 1 tsp of baking powder – 1 tsp of baking soda – ¼ tsp of salt – ¼ powdered sugar

Instructions – In a large bowl, add the cocoa powder, sugar, oil, applesauce, and vanilla extract.  Whisk for one minute. – In a small bowl, add the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Mix until fully incorporated. – Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight for a minimum of 5 hours.

Instructions – Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. and prepare a baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper. Also, put the powdered sugar in a small bowl and set aside. – Scoop 2 tablespoons of dough into your hand and form a ball. Then evenly roll the ball in the powdered sugar until heavily coated.

Instructions – Carefully place it on the baking sheet, making sure the powdered sugar stays on the cookie. Repeat the process until there is no more cookie dough left. If the powdered sugar runs out, add more to your small bowl. – Place cookies on the prepared baking sheet and make sure to leave 2 inches apart. – Bake for 10 minutes.

Instructions – Remove the baking sheet from the oven and place it on a cooling rack. Allow cookies to slightly cool for 10 minutes. Then, carefully transfer them to the wire rack to fully cool for at least 1 hour.

Recipe Pro Tips Use high-quality cocoa: For the best rich, intense chocolate flavor. Don’t skip the chill: Chilling the dough is important so they don’t spread too much when baking, AND it helps create the beautiful crackle top. Thoroughly coat them in sugar: This is the key to achieving that distinctive contrasted crinkle look. For a more pronounced look, roll the dough in granulated sugar first, THEN the powdered sugar.