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Brownie Crackles Recipe

Brownie Crackles Recipe

Chocolate chips and a convenient brownie mix provide the rich chocolate flavor in these sweet cookies. Rolling the dough in powdered sugar gives them their inviting crackled appearance. —Ellen Govertsen, Wheaton, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + standing Bake: 10 min./batch YIELD:18 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package fudge brownie mix (13x9-inch pan size)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • Confectioners' sugar

Directions

  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, beat brownie mix, flour, egg, water and oil until well blended. Stir in chocolate chips. Let stand 30 minutes.
  • 2. Place confectioners' sugar in a shallow dish. Drop dough by tablespoonfuls into sugar; gently roll to coat. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Bake 8-10 minutes or until set. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Yield: 3 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

2 cookies equals 154 calories, 6 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 8 mg cholesterol, 84 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.

Reviews for Brownie Crackles

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MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2016

"I tried this recipe for the first time. I did adjust the recipe by adding 1 tsp. vanilla extract. I found that it worked best for me to bake these cookies at 7 to 8 minutes as I have an electric oven now! I also rolled the cookies in the sugar AFTER I'd baked them as the dough was very sticky, even after standing 1/2 hour as recipe suggested! I did share 1/2 of these cookies with the coffee shop at my retirement community and I was told that they won raves! A word of caution: I've found these cookies to be quite delicate! Handle with care! (I'm serious as I'd noticed that they can break easily and WEREN'T too easily removed from pans, even though I did grease them!)

delowenstein"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2016

"I live at high altitude but didn't adjust the flour as I ordinarily would, but I definitely should have - maybe even by 50%. Instead, I increased the baking time by 50% and they were still pretty fudgy. But this is from a gal who'd eat the dough anyway."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2016

"The flour took away form the brownie flavor and they stuck to pan even sprayed or parchment paper. Great appearance but would not make again or recommend."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2015

"I've made these many times. Make sure the mix is the right size and if the dough is too soft, let it sit a few minutes to soak up the liquid. It will still be a little soft but manageable."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2015

"I followed the recipe exactly and it was so runny. No way it could be rolled out. Looking up a different recipe after I write this."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2015

"First time in years i used a recipe without reading the reviews first - and I sure should have! Unfortunately, I had a Betty Crocker mix and the batter was so runny I must have looked 10 times at the recipe thinking surely I forgot something. I gave up trying to "roll" the runny dough in the sugar, and just poured the batter in the pan. Tasted good, but if I would have wanted brownies, I wouldn't have tried to make cookies."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2015

"I have made these twice and the flavor and texture is excellent. I recommend using the Duncan Hines version of the mix to avoid batter being too runny. With Duncan, it was easy to roll into balls, coat in powdered sugar, and then flatten with a glass once on the sheet. When I used the Betty Crocker version they were much harder to work with, slightly runny, but would form ok once rolled in sugar. Just took some effort!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2015

"Soooo good!! They make a very soft dough, but I used a cookie scoop and plopped them in the powdered sugar and flipped them over in the powdered sugar with a fork! I refidgerated the dough and that helped. I used dark chocolate chips and they were amazing. I baked them for 8 minutes and they were gooey and good!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2015

"Deliciously chocolate! I made these without any changes and they were chocolaty goodness. I used a cookie scoop and dropped them into a bowl with the powdered sugar and then rolled them in it. It was so easy and rolled in the sugar without any issues."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2015

"Good recipe. I added mint M&Ms to give it a little extra something. They are best eaten within the first 2 days. After that they get a little hard."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2015

"Made these today for the first time, froze the dough for 20 minutes before baking cookies on parchment paper, increased cooking time to 11 minutes and also added extra 1/4 cup oil to batter, make sure to use two boxes of regular Betty Crocker brownie mix, unable to find family size, best cookies ever !!!!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2015

"Love this recipe! Received many compliments."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2014

"The recipe is easy but I expected a more chocolatey taste...probably would not make this recipe again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2014

"This is my favorite recipe but I always do the Batch the night before after my first experiance put the powder sugar in a zip lock bag to coat the cookies. We have been using this recipe since 2009."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2014

"These are absolutely delicious! These cookies give you the best part of a pan of brownies; the corners. They are crusty around the edges but soft and chewy in the middle. Followed the recipe exactly (omitted chocolate chips) and did not have any of the problems that some reviewers had. My conclusion as to why some people had problems is they may have not used a large enough box of brownie mix."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2014

"Love these cookies! Have been making them since Dec 2005 without any problems.

However, I would suggest that you change the recipe to state size of brownie mix in ounces.
These have always been a family favorite!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 19, 2014

"Great recipe! After reading other reviews, I used 1/4 cup of water. But it looked a bit crumbly so I added a little more. Making it about 1/3 cup. After my first batch was done, they hadn't spread much so for the second batch I dipped a fork into the confectioner' sugar and pressed the dough like you would for a peanut butter cookie. I also extended the cooking time to 11 minutes. They were perfect! I'll definitely use this in the future."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2013

"Fabulous recipe! I omitted the chocolate chips and cut the water in half, as previous commenters did as well. Worked perfectly!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2013

"i also put the dough in the freezer for about 15 minutes prior to baking, came out as pictured. i also used a low fat brownie mix and you couldnt even tell! def. making again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2013

"made just as written with no problems! absolutely delicious!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2013

"Easy, and very good."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2012

"After searching many sites for an easy recipe, I found this one. I added some crushed candy canes for a holiday flavor. I suggest using parchment paper for super easy removal. Also, use a cookie scoop and put directly into granulated sugar. It makes it easier to handle then put into powdered sugar. Place on sheet and bake. Leave on sheet for 5 mins to cool. They turned out perfect!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2012

"Cookies spread out and doesn't look like anything like the picture.added more flour and then had a funny taste afterward. They were a flop.couldn't get off the pan even after I greased the pan. I make cookies all the time but these were a disaster. Don't even bother."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2012

"These could not have been more difficult to roll into balls and then roll in the powdered sugar. I had read the reviews prior to making them, so I used suggestions (like refrigerating the dough and using less water/more flour), but they didn't help. These were a flop and I won't be making them again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2012

"I made these but found the batter to be to soft. So, I doubled all the ingredients except the water. Then the the batter was perfect for scooping with a cookie scoop and rolling in powdered sugar. So, change the amount of water to 1/4 cup and they will be perfect for scooping and rolling; without being chilled."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2012

"I made these for a church coffee hour and they were a big hit! I did refrigerate the dough before rolling in powdered sugar and I added chopped pecans. Will make again as they are so easy to make plus they are delicious."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 22, 2012

"After reading the reviews, I added some extra flour to thicken up the dough, and I refrigerated the dough for at least 30 minutes and again between batches before rolling in the powdered sugar. These cookies have been a big hit! I also added chopped pecans."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2012

"Family and friends loved this cookie, however I do agree you need to cool the dough before trying to roll into balls. When you do it makes it much easier. This is a good cookie recipe.."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2012

"These came out perfect! I followed the advise and put the dough in the fridge for about 20 min and again between batches. That made it stiff enough to roll in the sugar. I will be making these again and again!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2012

"I made these today easy and so yummy I added pecans. Delicious!!!!! Thanks so much."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2012

"these are the BEST brownies i have ever ate in my life!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2011

"A bakery in town makes brownie crackles. I have tried to duplicate the recepi many times....this one wins!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2011

"I can always count on these to be soft! Other recipes for crackles I have used don't always turn out that way and that is the consistency I love and remember from my childhood. It is important to refrigerate the dough (and return to fridge if it gets too soft) to make it more manageable to roll into balls."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2011

"I added nuts to the mix too and they came out wonderful!!!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2011

"The taste was fine. Who doesn't like brownies? But, the batter was not stable enough to roll in the powered sugar. Total disaster! Disappointing to say the least."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2011

"These cookies are so easy to make. I make gift baskets for friends and neighbors and they always want these in them."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2011

"I found this recipe a couple of years ago in one of my TOH mags. It quickly became THE most requested holiday cookie that I make!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2011

"These were good, but not outstanding. I had a tough time rolling the batter in powdered sugar - the dough seemed too gloopy. But the finished product was still fine."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2011

"super delish! I will be making these every Christmas as part of my cookie platter!!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2011

"I have made these cookies multiple times and they are AMAZING! The first time I had a little trouble with the dough being sticky, but I just dusted my cookie scoop and fingers in a little powdered sugar and I didnt have any issues! Last Christmas I made four batches of them and they were all gone in two days!!! They are totally worth the little amount of effort needed! so good with a cold glass of mild!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2010

"WOW!!! This are fabulous! They taste like they are from a fancy bakery and it's hard to believe they came from a box! Make these!!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2010

"These cookies are wonderful! I put the dough in the refrigerator for about an hour before trying to roll in powdered sugar and it worked just fine."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2010

"Very yummy cookies ! The whole family loves them, I did add one extra cup of flour to make the dough more managable, and the cookies turned out wonderful."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2010

"They are very good and my kids love them

I used a cookie scoop
the batter is a little runny but it thickens"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2010

"Yes, what a mess even with using a 2 spoon method to roll into icing sugar. I've made better.

Not recommended"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2010

"The dough was sticky and kindof hard to manage, but if you put it in the freezer in between baking and putting it on the cookie sheet it works better....but once the dough was in the powdered sugar it was fine."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2010

"Wonderful chocolate flavor and so good. Everyone loved them."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2010

"I made these for a bake sale-they went quick and the few ones I was able to try were very good and moist!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2010

"These are perfect! I read about gooey dough. I used my cookie scoop and had lightly dusted my hands with powdered sugar before rolling and not one bit of trouble. I forgot the chocolate chips on the 1st dozen and they're just as good without them. Just like chewy brownies in a cookie shape! Now if I can just find that self control in me somewhere....."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 26, 2010

"I've never reviewed anything before but I had to after making these cookies....what a mess. I don't care how good they are....they were a pain and they didn't bake well for me. I will not make these again unless I change something to make the dough more manageable."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2010

"These are VERY good cookies. I love brownies so having a fudgy cookie that taste just like a brownie is killing two birds with one stone for me because I often comptemplate which to have brownies or cookies. Now I can have both in one! The dough is a little messy to play with but isn't too bad once you get use to it. I like how quick and easy they are also."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2010

"I tried these for my Christmas goodie boxes this past year. Along with one other TOH recipe, they were everyone's favorite. They are very easy to make, & everybody in my family has demanded I make them frequently. They melt in your mouth--especially fresh out of the oven!! Absolutely awesome!!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2009

"These are very good cookies. I baked mine about 9 minutes and that seemed to be a good amount of time. They are super rich but so very yummy!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2009

"These are soooo good! The dough is quite sticky, but once it's coated with the powdered sugar it's not a problem."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2009

"These are fabulous and easy. The dough is sticky, so using a cookie scoop to drop into the powder sugar makes this a less sticky procedure. I also made one batch and then let the dough sit for a couple hours before I baked the rest and the dough was easier to handle."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2009

"easy, quick, and the dough is nearly as good as cooked! kids loved them. Did notice the longer you cook them the less the confectioner's sugar seeps into a cookie (so then they are a bit less chewy but look more like the picture)"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2009

"I had trouble with the cookies not cooking all the way through. I had to incrase the cooking time to 13 to 15 minutes. My oven temp is fine, so...."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2009

"Very easy to make and very moist cookie."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2009

"I made these without the chocolate chips and they were great. I took them to a cookie exchange at church. Very easy to make and tastes like a brownie."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2009

"The SECRET to this recipe is not cooking them too long. Just til barely set. Then bite into the soft fudgy goodness loaded with melted chocolate chips and follow it with a tall glass of cooooold milk. Mmmm..."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2009

"I wish I had read the review before I made these. My granddayghter wanted these and the batter was so soft that it was sticking to our hands and gave up trying to get them to drop onto the cookie sheets. She liked the dough to eat but they don't look anything like these."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2008

"I received my Holiday cookbook and was making cookies for a community Thanksgiving dinner, when I found this recipe, i thought this is perfect and quick. I tried making the cookies as directed with one cup of flour, but the batter was too soft, and I had to add an additional cup of flour. When I did that I was able to continue with the cookies and they looked like the photo on the recipe card."

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