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Mocha Crackle Cookies

These cake-like cookies are better than brownies. They have crackly tops and a subtle coffee flavor. —Louise Beatty, Amherst, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min.
  • Makes
    about 5 dozen


  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 5 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee granules
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 cups plus 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar


  • In a microwave, heat the butter, chocolate and coffee until chocolate is melted; cool slightly. In a bowl, beat the eggs and salt; add sugar and brown sugar. Stir in chocolate mixture; mix well.
  • Combine flour and baking powder; gradually add to egg mixture to form a soft dough. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or until easy to handle.
  • Roll dough into 3/4-in. balls. Roll in confectioners' sugar; place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 12 minutes or until set. Remove to wire racks to cool.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 134 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 37mg cholesterol, 79mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.
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  • bwilkin
    Dec 20, 2017

    Very good. Nice chocolate flavor and moist inside. Only baked 8 min but they came out perfect. A keeper!!

  • who-zie
    Feb 14, 2015

    This is a great recipe! Have had these cookies at holiday parties and was looking to make my own so tried this recipe. Here's a hint : Hubby bought me a pro-type baking sheet and I used this to bake these. In the process I thought I would speed things up by using my department store cookie sheet too. I noticed a big difference in the way they came out. I never thought it made a difference - but it does. For those that had trouble with dryness - invest in a good cookie sheet. These were wonderful - thanks for the recipe!

  • Kcrainstorm
    Oct 27, 2014

    These are fantastic! I reduce the cook time to 10 minutes so they are moist and delicious. My friends call them my yummy brownie cookies.

  • squishygumdrop
    Jan 26, 2014

    This recipe was good overall, only one complaint.. I mean it's good, but it didnt scream DELICIOUS! But making again :)

  • worshiphouse1
    May 7, 2013

    everyone always request these. they taste like little brownie bites. so delicous!

  • Dianne C
    Jan 2, 2013

    This quickly became our favorite cookie. The texture was a little different than expected but we loved it! Will definitely make these again. And again.

  • Joscy
    Dec 9, 2012

    Plan to make one batch this week ~~ going to try subbing cocoa powder rather than chopped chocolate. Figured there's enough sugars between white and brown, so as not to make them bitter. One batch first to see, then if okay, will make more.

  • kkliewer
    Dec 9, 2011

    I love the flavor of these cookies, but they seem to be dry, I have tried reducing the cooking time, are these suppose to be dry. Any suggestions as to how to make them a moister cookie

  • tinaryn
    Nov 21, 2011

    I thought these were delicious and so easy to make.. Pretty too

  • levick20
    Mar 9, 2011

    I made these cookies and even though they were very soft and chocolaty, I didn't taste the coffee flavor at all which was a big disappointment. I even added more coffee granules than called for. If anyone knows how to make them taste more coffee flavored I would love to hear advice!