Chocolate Crackle Cookies

by cakeduchess on November 1, 2012 · 33 comments

There are some cookies that are holiday staples. Some cookies that if they’re not made, the holidays just seem not quite right.

These chocolate crackle cookies are one of these very special cookies. I normally don’t get too excited about chocolate desserts. Apple desserts are my favorite most of the time. But these little cookies are chocolate perfection. We do a lot of cookie baking every holiday. What are some of your favorite cookies to bake?

I was thrilled this week to find out my brownies were featured in an ooey and gooey dessert roundup by Redbook Magazine. Here is the link! There are some really great recipes in the roundup I’d love to try them all!

A little about these cookies: Fudgy cookies with a crackly and little bit crispy exterior. Really hard to eat just one! They are so easy to make. You have to make sure the dough is very cold before you start to roll them into balls. Rolling them in the powdered sugar before baking gives the cookies the most beautiful crackled look. The snow white powder exterior is a stunning contrast to the chocolate cookie interior. I always end up making enough for both kids to make their on their own. Of all the cookies we bake each year, this is the chocolate crackle cookie is the most requested. They also make a really sweet gift idea and look so pretty all wrapped up. :)


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Chocolate Crackle Cookies

Martha Stewart Living February, 2003


yield: about 4 dozen

8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled
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 pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup milk
1 cup confectioners’ sugar, plus more for rolling


Heat oven to 350 degrees. Chop bittersweet chocolate into small bits, and melt over medium heat in a heat-proof bowl or the top of a double boiler set over a pan of simmering water. Set aside to cool. Sift together flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt.

In the bowl of a heavy-duty electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and light-brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla, and beat until well combined. Add melted chocolate. With mixer on low speed, alternate adding dry ingredients and milk until just combined. Divide the dough into quarters, wrap with plastic wrap, and chill in the refrigerator until firm, about 2 hours.

On a clean countertop, roll each portion of dough into a log approximately 16 inches long and 1 inch in diameter, using confectioners’ sugar to prevent sticking. Wrap logs in plastic wrap, and transfer to a baking sheet. Chill for 30 minutes. Cut each log into 1-inch pieces, and toss in confectioners’ sugar, a few at a time.

Using your hands, roll the pieces into a ball shape. If any of the cocoa-colored dough is visible, roll dough in confectioners’ sugar again to coat completely. Place the cookies 2 inches apart on a Silpat-lined baking sheet. Bake until cookies have flattened and the sugar splits, 12 to15 minutes.

Transfer from oven to a wire rack to let cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Happy Baking!

{ 33 comments… read them below or add one }

Annamaria @ Bakewell Junction November 1, 2012 at 2:36 pm

My Mom loves these cookies. There are so many different names for them too. I’ll be posting my Christmas Treats late today. Thanks for the post.


Farmgirl Gourmet November 1, 2012 at 2:56 pm

I love these cookies!! That first photo is rocking my world right now. Great post!! xo


Nesrine Gamal November 1, 2012 at 3:14 pm



claudia lamascolo November 1, 2012 at 4:11 pm

It must be me I have tried Martha’s recipe and they failed me every time… yours are perfection! absolutely perfections!


Brian @ A Thought For Food November 1, 2012 at 4:24 pm

These look freakin’ awesome, Lora! Haven’t had crackle cookies in a while!


Judy November 1, 2012 at 5:43 pm

I haven’t tried these, but I plan to make them soon.


Lizzy Do November 1, 2012 at 6:52 pm

My family loves these…but mine have never been so picture perfect! I’ll try your recipe this Christmas :)


Dawn November 1, 2012 at 7:15 pm

I am in love with these cookies-I’ve never made them before but I’ll definitely be giving these a try soon!


Munatycooking November 1, 2012 at 8:34 pm

Oh I love to look at crackle cookies, I’ve never made them nor have tasted them, but the look makes me think of snow. I have to give this recipe a try :)


Becca November 1, 2012 at 10:36 pm

Congrats on your feature. :)

I love love looooove fudge chocolate cookies. But I hardly ever have chocolate crackle cookies, which is odd. These look really good and cute, and you’re probably right: I would probably eat way more than one!


Renee Dobbs November 1, 2012 at 10:53 pm

I absolutely love these cookies. I made them years ago and they were such a hit. You have reminded me to make them this year for the holidays. I’ll double check your recipe with the one I used. It looks like your cookies stayed more rounded and I like that better.


Rebecca Subbiah November 2, 2012 at 3:01 am

they looks so good I wish i was a good baker your a pro


Swathi Iyer November 2, 2012 at 3:11 am

Delicious crinkle cookies love it. Lora.


All That's Left Are The Crumbs November 2, 2012 at 4:11 am

These are one of my favorite cookies to make. I’ll have to make sure I add them to my list. Congratulations on the Redbook feature.


Jen Laceda | Tartine and Apron Strings November 2, 2012 at 4:12 am

Lora, I grew up eating these cookies! They use to sell these at my school, and I always asked my mom for money to buy them…we called them “chocolate crinkles” back then :) ahhh, those were the days!


Angie's Recipes November 2, 2012 at 12:01 pm

I have always love chocolate crinkles. These look so x’masy and divine!


thelittleloaf November 2, 2012 at 1:43 pm

How gorgeous do these look? I’ve fallen into a bit of a chocolate chip cookie hole recently so would love to try these to mix it up!


Paula @ Vintage Kitchen November 2, 2012 at 1:47 pm

These are gorgeous, love them! Very christmas-y


Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb November 2, 2012 at 3:17 pm

Those look so pretty, I ll add them to my christmas cookie making plan this year. Thanks for sharing!


Lisa November 3, 2012 at 7:45 am

I’ve seen a lot of chocolate crinkle cookies, but that Fla sunshine catches the fudgy interior beneath the cracks, perfectly. I don’t know why I’ve never made these, but I will most definitely get to it before 2013! xoxo


Erin November 4, 2012 at 1:14 am

Your cookies look wonderful! My friend makes them but they are flat and crunchy. Yours look amazing!


fudgingahead November 4, 2012 at 7:08 am

I was never a big fan of these cookies until I had an amazing one on vacation that changed my mind. I will have to make these sometime soon :)


Baker Street November 5, 2012 at 7:30 am

I absolutely LOVE these cookies! I can’t seem to take my eyes off that first picture!


Jessica @ Portuguese Girl Cooks November 5, 2012 at 1:14 pm

These cookies are indeed a holiday staple, and your look fabulous! Thanks of sharing!


Valerie November 5, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Gorgeous! I love the contrast of confectioners’ sugar and deep dark chocolate. (I must be the only person on the planet who has not made chocolate crackle cookies.) This year, that’s going to change! :D


Jamie November 5, 2012 at 5:09 pm

I haven’t made these for years but love them. And there is something so Christmassy about them, don’t you think? Congrats on the Ooey Gooey feature!


Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts November 5, 2012 at 7:23 pm

i haven’t had these cookies in forever! They look so fudgy and perfect!


Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking November 6, 2012 at 12:03 am

one of hubby’s favorite cookies are the crackle cookies, every year I have to have some while we unwrap the gifts on Christmas day.
Yours are beautiful


Lisa {Authentic Suburban Gourmet } November 6, 2012 at 3:10 am

I love these cookies and yours came out just perfect! I love this time of year and will be pinning these to make during the holidays!

Reply November 6, 2012 at 5:46 pm

This cookie brings back memories from my childhood. I used to help bake them with a friends mom and we ate a lot of them too. Thanks for the reminder of how good these little cookies are.


Maureen | Orgasmic Chef November 6, 2012 at 10:24 pm

I need a new cookie tradition and I think this is it for 2012!


Patty November 7, 2012 at 3:41 am

I’ve always wanted to try chocolate crackle cookies- they look so pretty and lovely for the holidays, maybe with a cup of hot chocolate;-)


Magic of Spice November 10, 2012 at 1:08 am

These look absolutely wonderful!
And congrats on your feature :)


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