Glitter Crinkle Cookies

Glitter crinkle cookies are chewy and fudgy on the inside and sparkly on the outside. 

These glittery crinkle cookies are so beautiful but could not be easier to make. The fudgy chocolate cookie batter comes together in a few minutes then all you have to do is roll in glitter and bake for ten minutes! These make fantastic gifts for your holiday cookie exchange just like my gingerbread cookies or easy Christmas cookies

black plate with silver chocolate crinkle cookies

What makes these glitter crinkle cookies better than regular crinkle cookies?

I love making classic chocolate crinkle cookies but what I don’t love is that the powdered sugar rubs off! Those beautiful crinkles soon disappear because powdered sugar dissolves from the moisture in the cookie. It also gets everywhere! forget about putting those powdered sugar crinkle cookies in a gift box!

So I mostly avoided making them until one day… I had a random thought. What if I replaced powdered sugar with edible glitter. Would that work? Would it taste good? Would the glitter lose its shine after baking? I had to know!

My brain is a funny thing. I don’t know why I think of these crazy ideas but once they start, I can’t stop thinking about them until I try them out. 

glitter crinkle cookie

What’s the best edible glitter to use?

Before we get into the making of these glitter crinkle cookies, it’s important to note we are using EDIBLE glitter. Not disco dust, not non-toxic glitter but real edible glitter. I really like flash dust from Never Forgotten Designs. The glitter is very shiny, doesn’t dissolve in liquid or melt in the oven and it’s really edible and FDA approved. They have tons of colors available!

Or you can make your own edible glitter. It’s not as fine and sparkly but it’s easy to make. 

edible glitter flash dust


How to make glitter crinkle cookies

These glitter crinkle cookies are just like any other chocolate crinkle cookie on the inside. They are moist, fudgy and chewy and taste much like a brownie. The mixing method is easy. Just cream together your cocoa powder, brown sugar and oil until smooth. 

Then add in your eggs one at a time, letting them combine fully before adding the next egg. 

Then add in your flour, baking powder, and salt and mix until just barely combined. If you have some bits of flour left in there it’s no big deal. Better to not over-mix.

The dough is really sticky and that is normal. I used a #20 cookie scoop to portion out my dough and placed them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. 

closeup of cookie scoop with chocolate cookie dough

Then I let my cookies chill in the fridge for about an hour. This just gives the flavors a chance to meld and develop but it’s not really necessary. You can just scoop, roll and bake. 

chocolate crinkle cookie dough on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet

chocolate crinkle cookie dough rolled into a ball

After chilling, I roll the dough into balls then roll half the ball in edible glitter. I only do the top half because no one is going to see the bottom and I don’t want to waste that pretty glitter. 

chocolate crinkle cookie dough rolled in edible glitter

Then into an oven preheated to 350ºF oven for 10 minutes. They will be super soft but will harden as they cool. 

These glitter crinkle cookies look SO pretty and sparkly! I can’t wait to give these out for the holidays in a pretty little box. The best part is they actually taste amazing too. 

glitter chocolate crinkle cookies on a cookie sheet

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black plate with silver chocolate crinkle cookies

Glitter Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

These glitter chocolate crinkle cookies bake up in 10 minutes. They are moist, fudgy and have deliciously crisp on the outside.
5 from 2 votes
Print Rate Never Miss A Cake
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Serves: 24 cookies
Calories: 87kcal


Glitter Chocolate Crinkle Cookies Ingredients

  • 2 ounces dutched cocoa powder (1/2 cup) Hersheys is ok too
  • 7 ounces brown sugar 1 cup
  • 2 ounces vegetable oil 1/4 cup
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 5 ounces All-Purpose Flour 1 cup
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons edible glitter


  • #18 cookie scoop



  • In a medium sized bowl, cream together your cocoa powder, sugar and vegetable oil until smooth
  • Add in your vanilla, and eggs one at a time, letting them combine fully before adding the next
  • Add the flour, baking powder and salt and mix until just combined. Scrape the bowl to ensure everything is mixed evenly.
  • Cover the dough with plastic wrap and chill for at least an hour to let the flavors develop or you can bake right away if you're impatient.
  • Scoop the dough onto a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet with a cookie scoop or a tablespoon. Dough will be sticky. (If your dough seems too soft and is unworkable, slowly work in up to 2 tablespoons of flour until desired consistency.)
  • When you're ready to bake, preheat your oven to 350ºF
  • Roll the dough into balls and then cover half with edible glitter.
  • Bake your cookies for 10 minutes. They will be soft when they first come out of the oven but will harden as they cool.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 87kcal (4%) | Carbohydrates: 14g (5%) | Protein: 2g (4%) | Fat: 3g (5%) | Saturated Fat: 2g (10%) | Cholesterol: 18mg (6%) | Sodium: 58mg (2%) | Potassium: 77mg (2%) | Fiber: 1g (4%) | Sugar: 8g (9%) | Vitamin A: 26IU (1%) | Calcium: 21mg (2%) | Iron: 1mg (6%)
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8 comments on “Glitter Crinkle Cookies

  1. Hi Liz,

    My tops of the cookies never “cracked” – any thoughts as to why?



  2. I was wondering, like you, whether I could use edible glitter dust instead of icing sugar (I have a very similar recipe) and since you have proven the affirmative, I’m trying it with gold glitter! But I have a question; did you adjust a previous recipe to account for the loss of sugar or did you keep it the same? My recipe uses 3/4 granulated sugar (instead of brown), an extra 1/3 cup of flour and 3/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips. Should I leave my recipe as is or perhaps add more sugar?

    1. This is the recipe I have from my pastry school days and I used it as is. If your recipe works for you, I say keep it! 😀 Let me know how the gold glitter turns out for you. I’m thinking of doing a test with some edible gold paint next!

  3. Hi Liz! Thank you so much for sharing <3 I absolutely love your work!
    How long can these cookies be stored for?
    Thanks from South Africa 🙂

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