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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


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


  • 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.

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kdwarren User ID: 3452511 264005
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2017

"very easy chocolate cookie that tastes great. I do add more flour and refrigerate the dough before rolling to cut down on the sticky gooeyness when they are being rolled in the sugar."

SuzieQ909 User ID: 7485613 244740
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2016

"YUMMY!!! So easy to make and definitely satisfies a chocolate lover's craving."

Sewjoyce1957 User ID: 7144253 244369
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2016

"These cookies are very good but with a few modifications. I used a Betty Crocker mix and it was, as others said, very moist. I added about 1/3C extra flour and refrigerated the dough. This helped but it still couldn't be rolled into balls until it was rolled in the powdered sugar. Next time I might add 1/2C of extra flour or decrease the water. In it's moist state it was a two person operation to roll them. One person to scoop dough into the powdered sugar and one to coat and roll into balls. I also found they needed to be baked more like 12-13 minutes to set. However, the end result is a soft, very chocolaty cookie."

delowenstein User ID: 3766053 243271
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!)


ttfn999 User ID: 7587922 243243
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."

cvanzandt User ID: 8708868 242296
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."

LeslieSami63 User ID: 1672742 239599
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."

meliss.beyer User ID: 7101887 239291
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."

cshot User ID: 5961408 237621
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."

MominMiss User ID: 8601532 236253
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!"

kturner057 User ID: 1740686 230533
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!!"

Nuyawka User ID: 1027304 230191
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."

cherylyoung User ID: 5912806 225692
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."

SherylAnnGrant User ID: 7737750 218840
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 !!!!!"

cfurman User ID: 8185550 218820
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2015

"Love this recipe! Received many compliments."

justkarlla User ID: 8133683 215141
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2014

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

arikli User ID: 8158981 214922
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."

Lickychick User ID: 8154108 214687
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."

CGW303 User ID: 233508 41874
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!"

rubberduh User ID: 7810929 44936
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."

[email protected] User ID: 6501613 80145
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!"

brittnipapke User ID: 7081888 102327
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."

biscuitbaby User ID: 1020618 41871
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2013

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

leah.cahill User ID: 4539169 62726
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2013

"easy, and very good."

KerryLG User ID: 6853798 74594
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!"

DND61392 User ID: 5509201 81228
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."

LindsayC00 User ID: 2096788 62725
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."

aspike41 User ID: 2436320 28633
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."

kamperking User ID: 4040451 81222
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."

Vicks6 User ID: 5093215 81020
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."

pattycake10 User ID: 2475727 33161
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.."

michelletheprincess User ID: 6415848 81019
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!"

marvap User ID: 6389537 25746
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2012

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

junell55 User ID: 6509428 41837
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2012

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

charleney User ID: 1850823 81220
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2011

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

clevekath User ID: 2975713 81217
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."

psalm134_2 User ID: 6236539 71881
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2011

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

brigoue User ID: 6403909 28031
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."

sisterbatrill1 User ID: 4671594 32004
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."

panteznabnch User ID: 6326935 33159
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!!"

embatt User ID: 2414376 28029
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."

mamamowe15 User ID: 4646310 62712
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2011

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

swedeisfree User ID: 5738304 62650
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!"

mamamowe15 User ID: 4646310 80144
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!!!"

taraearly User ID: 4619662 62564
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."

crackerjack076 User ID: 5003692 28632
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."

Ballroom Fan User ID: 5649835 87450
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"

brookes User ID: 5596224 81216
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"

reset_1991 User ID: 919500 41829
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."

Audreytinder User ID: 1213013 33157
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2010

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

kat83 User ID: 2934264 44935
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!"

SuCasa User ID: 1650373 33155
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....."

tkoester User ID: 1733124 41826
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."

allaboutcookies86 User ID: 4740624 203820
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."

daddyscookie User ID: 4605879 62563
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!!!"

sarahmichelleward User ID: 4626981 203819
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!"

alexa621 User ID: 4357376 102323
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."

beckydeterding User ID: 1411493 71880
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."

opiria User ID: 4690276 28028
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)"

xmas24 User ID: 3215927 81018
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...."

Kichler073 User ID: 32326 74592
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2009

"Very easy to make and very moist cookie."

mhellman16 User ID: 906124 31980
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."

gaylerene User ID: 1212977 62520
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..."

ajah54 User ID: 1424763 28631
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."

dianesherman User ID: 1935015 81012
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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