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 large egg
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Confectioners' sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie: 60 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 32mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (6g sugars, trace fiber), 1g protein


  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 Nov. 15, 2015

"Very good cookie. I like that this had a small yield for my Christmas cookie tray. That way I won't have too many. I only got about 16 cookies but the balls I rolled out where about 1.25 in rather than 1 in."

Reviewed Aug. 1, 2015

"Did not turn out right even though I followed recipe to a tee. Dough was runny and we couldn't form it into balls.... also didn't look like it would make 18 cookies. Looked like much less."

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!"

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