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Crackle Cookies Recipe
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Crackle Cookies Recipe

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THIS cookie recipe comes close to the wonderful taste of chocolate that Mama was able to produce in her cakes and cookies. Because of the "crackles" in these cookies, my granddaughter tells me I've made a mistake when I bake them. "But they taste so good," she adds. -Ruth Cain, Hartselle, Alabama
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:18 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 18 servings


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Confectioners' sugar


  1. In a bowl, beat sugar, oil, chocolate and vanilla until blended. Beat in egg. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt; gradually beat into sugar mixture. Refrigerate, covered, 2 hours or until firm enough to handle.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°. With sugared hands, shape dough into 1-in. balls; roll in confectioners' sugar. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Bake 10-12 minutes or until set. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Yield: about 1-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Crackle Cookies in Reminisce March/April 1997, p45

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Reviewed Dec. 20, 2014

"Great cookie, but this does not yield 18 cookies. I got 27 cookies when doubling the recipe."

Reviewed Dec. 4, 2014

"Question: Is the amount of flour correct? Thanks!"

Reviewed Feb. 28, 2014

"This was my first time that I tried crackle cookies. They looked very nice and were tasty. When I make these again I will try different variations to these cookies possibly cinnamon. We enjoyed these with vanilla ice cream!"

Reviewed Nov. 13, 2013

"A Keeper!!"

Reviewed Oct. 7, 2011

"I made these for a Local Fair this year, and I took 2nd place in "Rolled Cookies" I was HAPPY. I will make these again this year for a Christmas Cookie Exchange I am having."

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