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Chocolate crackle-nots

Homemade gifts for my coworkers

I debated if I should post this recipe. These are a chocolate crackle-top cookie recipe I have, but the two or three times I've made them, they never crackle on top properly as I wished they would, like in this photo.

At first my baking esteem was a bit down, that I couldn't figure this out... but ah ha! The cookbook these are from has awful reviews on Well that makes me feel a bit better. LOL!

Though it's true: from the couple of recipes I've tried, the cookbook isn't as amazing as I'd hoped. I love that each recipe has a beautiful, drool-triggering photo, but each recipe is chopped to half a page underneath to make room. And apparently the recipes are recycled from other books, some with errors. Maybe that's why the fudge was too sweet, and the marzipan cookie cooking time was off. Oh dear.

But the cookies still turn out nice, kind of like frosted, dense brownie bits. I've had a few compliments on them. A bit like... richer chocolate TimBits?!

Though... if you want a proper crackle top, seek elsewhere. Let me know if you find a good one.


  • 7 ounces bittersweet or unsweetened chocolate, or bittersweet chocolate chips (about a 1 1/2 cups)
  • 7 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 to 2 cups icing sugar


  1.  Melt the chocolate and butter in a large, heavy-bottom saucepan.
  2. Melting chocolate chips and butter
  3. Remove the chocolate from the heat, let it cool a little so you won't cook the eggs when you add them. Beat in the two eggs, one at a time. You may wish to beat the eggs before pouring them in. (See, already this is a bit spotty. Sorry.)
  4. Add the vanilla and mix in.
  5. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt.
  6. Gradually add the flour mixture to the chocolate. The dough will get very dense.
  7. Chocolate cookie dough
  8. Cover and chill the dough for at least 1 hour.
  9. Preheat the oven to 325 F and prepare a baking sheet. Put some icing sugar in a small bowl.
  10. Roll the chocolate dough into balls of about a tablespoon or rounded teaspoon of dough each. Roll each ball in icing sugar.
  11. Chocolate crackle tops ready to go
  12. Place the balls on the cookie sheet to bake for 10-15 minutes, or until a toothpick comes clean. For my oven this seemed closer to 15 minutes.
  13. Chocolate crackle tops
  14. Remove from the oven and let cool. Done!

Chocolate crackle cookies closeup

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