Vegan Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

(from 18 reviews)
Vegan Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
It was my son’s turn again to provide snacks for his class. The last time I baked these vegan brownies and vegan pumpkin cookies.

This time I decided to bake rich cocoa crinkle cookies from Hershey’s Holiday Favorites. This is a small book with recipes for decadent cakes, cookies, brownies and more. I chose this recipe because it was simple to bake and also saw that the recipe yielded 6 and 1/2 dozen cookies and I need that much.

I was not sure for one reason because it used 4 eggs and it would be the first time I will be replacing 4 eggs with an egg substitute and especially with Ener-G.

Vegan Chocolate Crinkle Cookies without Sugar Powder

Finally I decided to go with it and baked it. The crinkle cookies were real good. I was expecting a crisp cookie, but it was chewy. I think the quantity of sugar can be reduced. Since it was for the kids I made it small (2 bites size).

I used approximately 1/2 tablespoon dough for each cookie and got exactly 100 cookies. My son liked the cookies. He usually narrates me everything that happens in class and from what he told I gathered that his friends liked it as well.


Vegan Chocolate Crinkle Cookies Recipe

Prep TimeCook TimeMakes
6 Hrs17 Mins100 Cookies
Vegan Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
4.9 from 18 reviews
Go on a chocolate high with these easy to bake crinkle cookies without eggs. Using vegetable oil instead of butter makes it vegan too. If the quantity of oil scares you away try substituting some of it with unsweetened applesauce and enjoy a much softer and chewier cookies.
  • 2 and 1/3 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 3/4 cup Vegetable Oil (I used canola oil)
  • 1 cup Cocoa powder
  • 6 teaspoons EnerG (in place of 4 eggs)
  • 12 tablespoons Water
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • For Coating Powdered Sugar
  1. In a mixing bowl, stir together flour, baking powder and salt. Keep it aside.
  2. In another large mixing bowl, beat together the oil and sugar. Then add the cocoa and beat once again until well blended.
  3. In a blender, blend together the EnerG powder and warm water for 2-3 minutes until it’s foamy.
  4. Add the EnerG mix and vanilla extract to the wet ingredients and beat it once again.
  5. Add the flour mixture gradually to the cocoa mixture, beating well. At this stage the cookie dough becomes very thick. My electric hand beater stopped working and I had to mix the dough with my hand. It had the consistency of stiff chapathi dough.
  6. Cover and refrigerate the dough for at least 6 hours.
  7. Preheat oven to 350F for 15 minutes. Prepare cookie sheets by greasing or lining with parchment paper.
  8. Shape the dough into balls (I used around 1/2 tablespoon of dough); roll in powdered sugar to coat. Place about 2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheets.
  9. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until almost no indentation remains when touched lightly and tops are crackled. I baked mine for 11 minutes. Cool slightly. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack and cool completely.
My Notes:
  1. The instructions in the EnerG pack suggests to use warm water while blending the powder. I didn’t do that in my earlier recipes but did this time and I think it foams up more while using warm water. Also the suggested ratio for the powder and water is 1 and 1/2 teaspoons and 2 tablespoons water. So it is 6 teaspoons powder and 8 tablespoons water in this recipe. I did the same first and while mixing the dough I found that it did not come together. It was crumbly. So I added 1 tablespoon water at a time to the dough and felt the texture was right after adding 4 tablespoons of water in total.
  2. I first test baked 2 cookies. When tasted I found that it was very sweet. So for the subsequent batches I rolled the cookies with very less powdered sugar. For the final batch, I rolled the shaped cookie dough in cocoa powder to balance the sweetness. With the first bite you can taste a very light bitterness but it gets sweeter and the cookies were a little sticky.
  3. The next time I bake it I’m going to try reducing 1/4 cup of sugar.

Nutrition Facts
Servings: 50 (2 cookies per serving)
Per Serving% Daily Value*
Calories 72
Total Fat 3.5g5%
Saturated Fat 0.8g4%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 24mg1%
Potassium 64mg2%
Total Carb 10.6g4%
Dietary Fiber 0.6g2%
Sugars 8.6g
Protein 0.5g
Vitamin A 0% – Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 1% – Iron 2%
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  2. Jennifer R.

    Would this work with a gluten free flour?

    • Madhuram

      I think it will Jennifer.

  3. aakanksha soni

    That looks delicious. I don’t eat eggs so your blog is inspiration for me. Can we also add shredded coconut in these cookies to give an earthy flavour? I think with that it will last for longer, as coconut have natural oil in it

    • Madhuram

      Thanks Aakanksha. I guess it’s individual’s taste preference. If you like coconut and chocolate then go for it.

  4. Heather

    Thanks for this awesome recipe! They turned out really well and were super easy to make. I used 1/2 the sugar and found them to be sweet enough for my liking (but I’m more of a cocoa fanatic than sugar). This totally hit the spot. I really love your website and after such a great success with this recipe I’m excited to try out more!

    • Madhuram

      You’re welcome Heather. I’m sure that you would like the other recipes too.

  5. Cara

    Is there any alternative substitute to enerG? Because we don’t have that in my country. Is banana’s acceptable? We don’t have any flaxseed meal here as well

    • Madhuram

      I can’t think of anything other than EnerG and flax seed meal in this recipe Cara. Bananas wouldn’t suit this recipe. Maybe I would try about 1/2 cup of condensed milk and reduce the quantity of sugar to 1 and 1/2 cups. You could beat together the oil, condensed milk and sugar and proceed with the rest of the recipe.

  6. Vera

    Can I substitute the EnerG with applesauce?

    • Madhuram

      Not in this recipe Vera. The cookies will turn out soft/chewy instead of crispy. You could try flaxseed meal instead.

  7. Anna

    I have a question is there a way to make less of these cookies say around 25 ?

    Anna, I made them very small. So you can either increase the size of the cookies, or bake the100 and freeze some for later, or shape the dough into balls and freeze the unbaked dough or try halving the measurement. I’m not sure about the halving because sometimes halving a recipe does not work.

  8. Paul

    Thank you so much for the cookie recipe, our daughter is allergic to eggs and we were desperately searching for a good cookie recipe. We made them Sunday and they are delicious, almost like a 2 bite brownie. It is the first time I have had anything I cooked turn out just like the photo. Thanks again.

    Wow! that’s great to know Paul. Happy Holidays.

  9. Divya

    They look so good I am going to surprise my daughter with these for her birthday tomorrow. I hope she likes it.
    Thank you.

    You’re welcome Divya. Birthday wishes to your daughter.

  10. Natasha

    Fantastic recipe!

    Thanks Natasha.

  11. shawn

    Has anyone tried making these cookies gluten free, as well as, egg free. I have one egg free child and one gluten free. Baking has been rather difficult:) ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

    Hi Shawn, that must be very difficult indeed. Try for gluten free baking recipes and use the egg substitutes I have listed here in her recipes. Also see if you can get Sinfully Vegan in your library/book store. If I remember right all the recipes (or at least most of them) in that book are gluten free as well as egg free.

  12. Reney

    i have to say, this was my first experience with enerG and they came out pretty darn good.

    Reney, thanks for giving it a shot.

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  14. Hayley

    I love crackle cookies. And vegan too. You’re so good. Thanks for sharing!

  15. MaryBeth D

    WOW…These look wonderful, my mother in law made them for Christmas and they were great, you vegan recipe looks and sounds just as delish!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Thanks Mary.

  16. Jaims

    I live in Mexico City and cannot find enerG. Is there anything else I could use? These cookies look too exquisite not to try! Thank you.

    Did you try it in any health food/organic products store? Other possible egg substitutes that would work are silken tofu and flax seed meal. Since I have not tried both in this recipe I’m not sure how good the results would be.

  17. Vidya

    I love your site and refer to your recipes frequently.

    Thought I’d point out an inconsistency in this recipe. Step 1 is preheating the oven, while Step 7 requires 6 hr refridgiration. I hope you’re not asking us to keep the oven warm for 6 hrs ๐Ÿ˜‰

    You got me Vidya! Thanks and will change it.

  18. Spillay

    Hi Madhuram. How are you? It’s been a while…. Sorry about my absense. Had a few things going on. I hope that everything is well with you. Looks like you have been keeping busy. Good work!! ๐Ÿ˜›

    Thanks and I’m very fine. How are you? Hope you are doing fine now!

  19. DK

    I was waiting for the phone yday ๐Ÿ˜ก !!!!!

    What happened to my appointment ๐Ÿ˜ฅ I have been swindled!

  20. Soma

    Oh my this looks so good, Feel like biting into those pump crinkles. I am still not comfortable using any replacements… a bad baker as I am, always feel something will go wrong with my experiments.

    Come on! You are not a bad baker. I’ve seen the christmas fruit cake and other breads in your place.

  21. DK

    I am yet to use egg replacement powder..! I dunno just not comfy using them! ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ™

    I am hoping to join the next one! Will call you soon..its been a while ๐Ÿ™‚

    I have some news too. Talk to you soon.

  22. Sweatha

    Thanks Madhu,I will try in my blender and hopefully it comes out good.Will let you know the results.Thanks

    You’re welcome and all the best.

  23. Usha

    Cookies look awesome Madhu…

  24. varsha

    Lovely Lovely cookies Madhuram..they look so fab!!!:)
    Fist time here….u got a lovely space..:)

  25. Vidya

    They look sooooo tempting ๐Ÿ˜›

  26. Sweatha

    Lovely Madhu,I will be sending my entry most probably within 2 days.
    I had bookmarked these from the joy of vegan baking.These have turned out delicious.I am having pblms with energ.I tried warm water as well as hot water,but something goes wrong.I feel. ๐Ÿ™ I will try for the last time tomorrow,and then mail you if it came good.Do you just stir in the powder in warm water or whip with fork/blender..Do comment

    I have the Magic Bullet blender, so I blend thoroughly the powder and water for 2-3 minutes. I tried with water straight from the tap and also warm water and both worked well. I personally felt the warm water foamed even better than cold water.

  27. Aparna

    I have been seeing these very pretty cookies all over on various food blogs, and now a vegan version too. That’s just great.

  28. Madhu / Ruchii

    Your cookies are always exciting, hope i could make some like this one day.

  29. Cham

    U do have tons of patience to make bite size cookies in huge batch ๐Ÿ˜€ None will believe is eggless! I love the 1 rst pict with lots of crack ๐Ÿ˜›

  30. Uma

    delicious cookies. You’re a great baker Madhu! ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. Priya

    WOw these cookies looks delicious, need to try this chocolate wonders as am chocoholic, thanks for leaving ur awesome comments for my eggless bakes madhu, for the cookies with 1/2cup sugar+1/2cup brown packed sugar,they turned really prefect, they werent too sweet for us, also thanks for letting me as i forgotten to mention the ingredients correctly..

    Thank you for your continous support Priya. Also thank you for the clarification regarding the sweetness of the cookies.

  32. Vaishali

    Madhuram, These look delicious. I just made some cookies too with EnerG and was thinking of sending the recipe over to ERE: I hope you don’t get sick of me deluging you with entries, but I have been having fun with the egg replacer ๐Ÿ™‚

    Vaishali, please indulge me by all means.

  33. vrinda

    looks yummy and without butter,will try it soon with eggs…

  34. Sukanya Ramkumr

    Lovely looking vagan cookies. YUM!

  35. Happy Cook

    Wow without eggs anditlooks so yummy

  36. Ashwini

    cookies looks yummy and delicious..Yesterday I too baked some eggless cookies..Will post soon…

  37. Trupti

    wow madhu cookies looks very delicious

  38. Asha

    Looks wonderful. I was looking at those crinkle cookies last night too, but not the vegan recipe. Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. suparna


    Wow, These cookies slurrrrrrrr..p ๐Ÿ™‚ Haven’t tried eggless cookies so far. I will try this one for sure. Where can I buy EnerG from โ“ pls do let me know is it easily available in stores?

    Suparna it’s available in the regular grocery store as well as health food stores and places like Whole Foods, Trader Joes.