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Crackle Cookies

Because these cookies crack on top, my granddaughter thinks I make a mistake when I bake them—until she takes a bite! They’re very close to my Mama’s wonderful chocolate cookie recipe. —Ruth Cain, Hartselle, Alabama
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    about 1-1/2 dozen


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 60 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 32mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • knollbrookcook
    Apr 23, 2019

    These were good. I got 17 cookies. I ended up leaving the dough in the fridge for about 10 hours before forming them into balls and sugared hands were very important. I also flattened them a bit on the pan before baking. I will make these again.

  • ebramkamp
    Mar 6, 2019

    I'm submitting a second review on these. They are delicious. I added about 1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips for more chocolate goodness. This time I covered my palms with powdered sugar then rolled the cookies in powdered sugar. Much easier.

  • Julie Hubert
    Jan 15, 2019

    Sooooo good!

  • Psalm127-3
    Nov 27, 2018

    So far

  • justmbeth
    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.

  • AmyB55
    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.

  • stockm2
    Dec 20, 2014

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

  • Water4Chocolate
    Dec 4, 2014

    Question: Is the amount of flour correct? Thanks!

  • greatwithoutgluten
    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!

  • zookeeperk
    Nov 13, 2013

    A Keeper!!