Chocolate Crinkle Cookies Flavored With Absinthe or Your Favorite Liqueur
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Dark Chocolate Absinthe Crinkle Cookies

These chocolate absinthe crinkle cookies have a beautiful, crispy, sugar-coated exterior and are soft and have the texture of fudgey brownies on the inside. The absinthe I put in to these crinkle cookies adds a bouquet of botanical flavors to the chocolate and just a little sharpness from alcohol.

Chocolate Absinthe Crinkle Cookies

As a cupcake baker, cracked tops scare me; I want that elusive smooth, round dome that I get with my go-to chocolate cupcakes. Baking cookies designed to crack feels like purposely singing off-key. But, in the case of these crinkle cookies, the cracks are freeing.

This is not the first time I have baked with absinthe – that was back in 2008 when I made absinthe cupcakes and dressed up like a green fairy for the photo. (Yeah, I did that.)

What Are Crinkle Cookies?

Crinkle cookies are cookies with a fractured-looking exterior. The cookies expand during baking and this expansion splits up the sugared exterior.

About This Recipe

My crinkle cookies are a variation of the chocolate sambuca cookies from Good Housekeeping’s cookie cookbook. (View on Amazon)

This cookbook comes in a spiral binder, which makes it easy to add your own favorite recipes or to add pages of notes. It has 250 cookie recipes! Not every recipe has a photo, but a large majority of them do. I see this book as a nice starter cookie book. It has every basic cookie that you might want, plus some unique cookie ideas. The chapters are broken up by cookie type: cookie jar favorites (where I found the chocolate sambuca cookies), easy-to-shape-cookies, brownies and fudgey bars, blondies and bars, health-conscious bars, fun and fancy cookies, and holiday cookies.

When you read through the recipe, you’ll see that it contains almond meal. I didn’t mention this when I was describing the cookies because you really can’t taste it at all. I can’t say for certain why it was added to the recipe (I assume that it lends to the earthy taste), but I wouldn’t suggest leaving it out either; these cookies are too good to mess with! (View on Amazon)

If you don’t like absinthe, I encourage you to experiment with making these cookies using your favorite flavored liqueur. I think that a fruity liqueur like Chambord (raspberry) would work great!

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Dark Chocolate Absinthe Crinkle Cookies

Chocolate crinkle cookies are soft and fudge brownie-like on the inside with a crispy, sugar-coated exterior.  The absinthe adds a bouquet of botanical flavors to the chocolate.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate crinkle cookie recipe, crinkle cookies, dark chocolate absinthe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 36 cookies
Calories 126kcal
Author Stef


Cookie Ingredients

  • 12 ounces dark chocolate
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup absinthe
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda

Topping Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar


  • In a small saucepan on low heat, melt chocolate and butter, stirring frequently.
  • Remove from heat and let cool until you can touch it without burning yourself.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together eggs, absinthe and sugar.
  • Mix in chocolate mixture.
  • Mix in almond meal, flour, and baking soda until just combined.
  • Cover and refrigerate for four hours or overnight.

Topping Instructions

  • Mix sugar and powdered sugar in a small bowl.

Assembly and Baking Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Use a one tablespoon scoop to scoop out dough and roll with your hands to form balls.
  • Roll balls in topping and place 2" apart on a parchment- or Silpat-lined cookie sheet.
  • Bake until cookies are just set and look puffed and cracked (about 10-12 minutes), rotating cookie sheets between upper and lower oven racks halfway through.
  • Set cookie sheets on wire racks to cool for one minute.
  • Transfer cookies to racks to cool completely.
  • Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days, or freeze up to three months.


If you don't like absinthe, I encourage you to experiment with making these cookies using your favorite flavored liqueur. I think that a fruity liqueur like Chambord (raspberry) would work great!


Nutrition Facts
Dark Chocolate Absinthe Crinkle Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 126 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 21mg7%
Sodium 31mg1%
Potassium 76mg2%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 70IU1%
Calcium 17mg2%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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