Chocolate Crackle Cookies

Chocolate Crackles

Chocolate crackle or crinkle cookies are chocolate cookies rolled into balls and coated with powdered sugar before baking. As the cookie balls bake they melt into flat cookies and the chocolate peeks through the white sugar to give them a crackly appearance. They remind me of snow-covered cobblestones.

The cookies are soft, rich and fudgy with a slightly crisp outer shell. They require some planning ahead as the dough needs to chill at least two hours or overnight.

They’re on the messy side to make, in a fun way, because they need to be rolled in sugar, formed into balls and then rolled again. A heavy dusting of confectioners’ sugar is a must in order to give them that magical crackled appearance. Be prepared to get your hands dirty chocolaty.

This was my first encounter with a crackle cookie! {Or do you call them crinkle cookies?} It won’t be the last! I’m always on the lookout for new cookies to add to my traditional holiday ones and I found it in these.

I hope you do too.

Crackle Cookies

Chocolate Crackle Cookies

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 14 minutes

Yield: about 40 cookies

Chocolate Crackle Cookies

Chocolate crackle or crinkle cookies are chocolate cookies rolled into balls and coated with powdered sugar before baking. As the cookie balls bake they melt into flat cookies and the chocolate peeks through the white sugar to give them a crackly appearance.

INGREDIENTS:

8 ounces bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate
1 + 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup Dutch cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 + 1/3 cups light-brown sugar, firmly packed
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup milk
1 cup confectioners' sugar, plus more for rolling

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Chop the chocolate up into small pieces and add to a small microwaveable bowl. Use the chocolate setting of your microwave to melt it in 20 second increments, stirring in between, until completely melted. Set aside to cool slightly.
  2. In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a separate large bowl beat the butter and brown sugar together on medium speed until light and fluffy about 3 minutes. Beat in the eggs and vanilla until well combined. Beat in the melted chocolate.
  4. On low speed beat in half the flour mixture followed by all the milk. Scrap down the sides of the bowl and beat in the remaining flour. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 2 hours or overnight.
  5. Once the dough is well chilled preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 large baking sheets with silpats or parchment paper.
  6. Add the confectioners' sugar to a shallow plate with sides. Scoop up rounded tablespoons of dough with a cookie scoop and drop into the sugar, coat them well and form into a ball. If there's any of the chocolate showing through roll them again in the sugar.
  7. Place 2 inches apart on the cookie sheet and bake 13 - 14 minutes until the balls flatten and the sugar splits to form the "crackly pattern". If the dough starts to soften too much in between batches then refrigerate it.
  8. Cool cookies on baking sheets 5 minutes then transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Store in a tightly covered container up to a week.

Notes:

Adapted from Martha Stewart

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Comments

  1. BeadedTail says

    I love these cookies but haven’t had them in ages! I don’t remember them being as pretty as yours though!

    Moon, hope you’re resting up for Caturday! Love and purrs, Angel & Isabella

  2. Doris says

    Before I get so bogged down with cooking and baking I must wish my favorite food blogger a very Merry Christmas to you , dear Reeni! And your family as well. Blessings to all and a very Happy New Year filled with abundance and good health! I plan on making the above cookies sometime in the next few days and also saw a recipe on your site for the white chocolate bark with almonds, apricots and cranberries. I make a white chocolate biscotti with pistachios and the dried cranberries—sort of the Christmas colors rolled into a cookie . The holiday recipes , whether old or new in your repertoire , are so yummy! Special hugs to the Moon person. XOX

    • Reeni says

      Hi Doris! Your biscotti sound yummy! I don’t use apricots enough in my baking and I love them. Thanks for all the well wishes! Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and if I don’t get to talk to you – a Happy New Year too! Moon sends hugs too! xoxo

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