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4.12 from 9 votes

Chocolate Crackle Cookies

Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brown sugar cookies, chocolate, christmas cookies
Author: Kim Lange


  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter 1 stick, room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract or 1/4 teaspoon peppermint or mint extract


  • Preheat an oven to 350°F. Grease 2 baking sheets with butter or use parchment paper.
  • Put the confectioners' sugar into a bowl and set aside.
  • In another bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, using a mixer, beat the butter and sugar on medium speed until creamy, about 3 minutes.
  • Add 1 egg and beat on medium speed until blended. Add the other egg and vanilla and beat until blended.
  • Add in the flour mixture gradually and beat on low speed just until combined. 
  • Roll the dough into balls (1 tablespoon), then sprinkle and roll the balls in the confectioners' sugar until covered and place them all on one baking sheet.
  • Roll the balls in the confectioners' sugar until covered a second time to give them an extra coat.
  • Place the balls on the prepared baking sheet about 2 inches apart.
  • Bake the cookies until they are crackled and puffed, 10 to 12 minutes.
  • Remove the baking sheet from the oven and set it on a wire rack for 15 minutes.
  • Using a metal spatula, move the cookies onto the rack and let cool completely.
  • Repeat with the rest of the cookies. Makes about 24 cookies.


Chill dough for 15-20 minutes if dough is too sticky for rolling into balls.