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These rich, fudgy Chocolate Crackle Cookies are perfect for the holidays, yet yummy enough that you’ll want to make them throughout the year!

Chocolate Crackle Cookies on decorative white plate

Chocolate Crackle Cookies

My family, sans me and the pup, trekked up to Green Bay to watch the Packers play our home team, the Indianapolis Colts. During the game, I would get depressing texts as their beloved Packers didn’t seem to show up for the game. Their plans were to drive back to Indiana that night and arrive home in the wee hours of the morning. I got out my mixing bowls and whipped up a batch of these Chocolate Crackle Cookies to ease their sorrows.

A ring of Chocolate Crackle Cookies on a white serving plate

Versatile Chocolate Cookies

These rich, fudgy chocolate crinkles cookies rolled in powdered sugar are terrific holiday cookies. The sweet coating of sugar resembles a dusting of snow, and I’m certain that Santa would love to find a plate of these chocolate crackles on the hearth on Christmas Eve. But, if your family is like mine, these chocolate numbers would be welcome any time, any season. Besides these Chocolate Crinkles, you might like these other chocolate cookies:

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Chocolate Crackle Cookies

Chocolate Crackle Cookies

Rich chocolate cookies rolled in powdered sugar which "cracks' when baked! Adapted from Betty Crocker.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes
Yield 2 dozen


  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted


  1. Beat eggs and sugar until light. Stir in the melted butter, vanilla, melted chocolate. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Stir into the chocolate mixture. Finally, stir in the chocolate chips. Refrigerate dough until firm. This will take anywhere from an hour in the freezer or overnight in the refrigerator.
  2. Preheat oven to 350º. Roll the dough into 1-inch balls between your palms. Roll them in powdered sugar until heavily coated. Place the dough balls 2 inches apart on cookie sheets and bake for 11 to 13 minutes. Return the bowl of dough to the refrigerator or freezer while cookies are baking. It's important to keep the dough very cold.


Keep the batter well chilled to help make it easier to roll into balls. Pop your bowl into the freezer or refrigerator between batches if needed.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 233Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 107mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 1gSugar: 25gProtein: 3g


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44 comments on “Chocolate Crackle Cookies”

  1. I’m certain that ANYONE would be happy to find a plate of these delicious cookies! I’ve never made crackle cookies before, but they look delicious. Love the snow-like sugar dusting, your photos are great as always!

  2. Your cookies sound great, I’ve never made this kind before. As for the fun gadgets, I like the Vebo, that silicone steamer would be great for inside of my pressure cooker:@)

  3. They are a must for the holiday cookie platter!

  4. I like the Scizza pizza cutter.

  5. The Levoons look great!

  6. Crackle cookies are my favorite, I need to bake these this weekend!

  7. Hi Liz,
    In the crazy chance that I might win, I do have a US address that the prize can be sent to! I love crinkle cookies, bookmarking this recipe for sure!

  8. I like the Gripet.

  9. I really like and need a pizza cutter. So that’s the one I would pick. Those cookies πŸͺ make my mouth water. I’m going to have to make them now. Thanks for the contest . Good luck everyone!

  10. Those cookies are a beautiful thing! So pretty and I’ll be they taste fabulous! Wish I had a US address to win that great collection of kitchen tools. Hope you are having a nice “black Friday” today and a wonderful Thanksgiving Weekend!

  11. They look lovely and festive!

  12. Cannot say no to a chocolate cookie πŸ˜‰ These will be gone within minutes in my house. I am sure this will be a great holiday gift too. Thanks for sharing Liz !

  13. Indeed cookies are a year round pleaser for kids and adults as well :).

  14. These look delicious Liz. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving, and that Dizzie Miss Lizzie is healing well.

  15. Wow, Christmastime memories. My neighbor lady…years ago, made these awesome cookies every year! Thanks for the flash back!

  16. The Spadle looks fun…But I want to commend you on your good heart. And having a plate of cookies waiting for your family on their return from the game =)

  17. My favorite Dreamfarm tool is the Copula.

  18. They are a beautiful cookie for the holidays, but I too would love to eat them all year round. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  19. So sweet of you to make these cookies for your family in a time of need, they look delicious. love the Levoons, brilliant idea!~

  20. These cookies are perfect for any festive cookie platter, I hope they cheered up the sports fans πŸ™‚

  21. One of my very favorite cookies.

  22. The Garject would save me a lot of time and effort! The Scizza is interesting too!

  23. I love the smood!

  24. Such clever gadgets – I like the clongs – I bet they would come in handy often

  25. I love the Scizza – I could sure use that one for Friday pizza night!

  26. I want those measuring spoons!!!!!!

  27. I love so many of these creative tools! My favorite is the Levups, though. How often are you scrounging for a knife to sweep the top of your flour?

  28. One of my favorite cookies. I sometimes add mint m and M’s for Zoe. These would cheer anyone up!

  29. I love the Garject garlic press, I hate the one I have now because part of the garlic gets stuck in the press and you have to dig it out and this one solves that problem.

  30. Chocolate + cookie = perfection!

  31. I love your blog…the giveaway gifts would be great when teaching my granddaughters, age 8 and 13 how to bake….and how important it is to be accurate when measuring!

  32. I love the Vegetable Boil Steam Strain!

  33. I love the Levoons! I’ve been wanting to get a set.

  34. Chocolate crackle cookies are definitely a family favourite – in fact, I think it was our “Santa cookie” last year! (Sorry about the Packers. Better luck tonight!)

  35. Love the Levoons. The cookies look delightful. Another Christmas cookie to add to our list. πŸ™‚

  36. The Chopula looks awesome!

  37. I need that Chopula! I love that it is plastic and not metal, so I can use it on all my pans.

  38. The Supoon is my favorite.

  39. All of our kids will be arriving soon and a couple (maybe more) batches of these would help to satisfy their sweet cravings. Love the tools also.

  40. Needed an easy last minute dessert over the weekend! These were perfect!

  41. Yummy! These are our favorite cookies! They were a big hit here at the house! Can’t wait to make these again!

  42. These cookies never last long when I make a batch! So irresistible, we can’t stop!

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