Chocolate Crack Cookies

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Chocolate crack cookies are rich and moist with a sweet powdered sugar coating that creates a crackle effect when you bake them. They’re perfect for a family dessert or addition to any get-together.

Closeup shot of chocolate crack cookies stacked atop one another

These cookies are moist and delicious, and they look so pretty. They’re just as much at home on your family’s table as they are at a Christmas party or potluck.

Chocolate Crack Cookies

I love making crinkle cookies, and this recipe is one of my favorites to make. These moist cookies always bake up so deliciously, and the crinkle coating is as pretty as it is delicious.

Two chocolat crack cookies stacked atop one another with more cookies in backgroudnd

Ingredients

You’ll only need a few basic baking ingredients to make these cookies. You’ll probably have most or all of them in your kitchen.

Chocolate Cracked Cookies

  • butter
  • brown sugar
  • cocoa powder
  • eggs
  • all-purpose flour
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • powdered sugar
Overhead shot of chocolate crack cookie ingredients in indvidiual bowls on talbe

Instructions

It only takes a few easy steps to make these tasty cookies.

Step 1: In a saucepan, over medium heat, melt your butter.

Step 2: Remove from heat and add your brown sugar and cocoa powder. Stir until completely blended together. Set aside until cool.

Overhead shot of brown sugar, butter, and cocoa in saucepan

Step 3: Once cool, add eggs and stir until combined.

Step 4: Add flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix until dough is uniform.

Flour, salt, and baking powder added to wet ingredients in saucepan

Step 5: Refrigerate dough for at least an hour.

Step 6: When ready to bake, preheat your oven to 350ºF.

Step 7: Place powdered sugar into a shallow bowl.

Step 8: Roll cooled dough into 1 1⁄2 – 2 inch balls.

Step 9: Roll each ball around in your powdered sugar until coated.

Closeup shot of hand holding cookie dough ball coated in powdered sugar

Step 10: Refrigerate your cookies for another 30 minutes.

Step 11: Place your cookies on a greased baking sheet.

Step 12: Bake for 10 minutes or until the cookies start to crack around the edges.

Overhead shot of chocolate crack cookies on baking sheet

Step 13: Let cool for 5 minutes before removing from the baking sheet and placing onto a wire rack. Enjoy!

Closeup shot of chocolate crack cookies on cooling rack

Equipment

You’ll need a few basic pieces of kitchen equipment to make this recipe.

  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Saucepan
  • Cookie sheet
  • Cooling rack

Substitutions

Dark Brown Sugar: If you don’t have brown sugar, dark brown sugar will work.

Shortening: If you don’t have butter, shortening can be used in equal amounts.

Closeup shot of chocolate crack cookies stacked atop one another with bite taken out of top cookie.

Options

Looking for ways to change up these chocolate crack cookies? Here are some suggestions.

Coffee: Add a splash of strong coffee to intensify the chocolate flavor.

Chocolate Chips: Mix chocolate chips into the batter to make a double chocolate version.

Tips:

  • Remove the saucepan from the heat before adding the brown sugar and cocoa powder. You want to mix the ingredients in, not cook them.
  • Mix until the dough is just uniform. Don’t overmix.
  • Be sure you refrigerate the dough before baking to retain that rounded shape.
Closeup shot of chocolate crack cookies stacked atop one another

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FAQ

What are crack cookies?

Crack cookies are cookies that are coated with powdered sugar. The cookies bake up with a crackled appearance as they spread.

What causes crack cookies to look the way they do?

The powdered sugar causes the exterior of the cookie to dry out as it cooks, creating cracks as the interior expands.

How long are these cookies good?

They’ll keep for about a week in a covered container at room temperature.

Chocolate Crack Cookies

Ready to cook these chocolate crack cookies? Then print the recipe card below.

Yield: 18 cookies

Chocolate Crack Cookies

Chocolate Crack Cookies

These chocolate crack cookies are rich, moist, and loaded with chocolate flavor. They powdered sugar exterior adds even more sweetness.

Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan, over medium heat, melt your butter.
  2. Remove from heat and add your brown sugar and cocoa powder. Stir until completely blended together. Set aside until cool.
  3. Once cool, add eggs and stir until combined.
  4. Add flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix until dough is uniform.
  5. Refrigerate dough for at least an hour.
  6. When ready to bake, preheat your oven to 350ºF.
  7. Place powdered sugar into a shallow bowl.
  8. Roll cooled dough into 1 1⁄2 - 2 inch balls.
  9. Roll each ball around in your powdered sugar until coated.
  10. Refrigerate your cookies for another 30 minutes.
  11. Place your cookies on a greased baking sheet.
  12. Bake for 10 minutes or until the cookies start to crack around the edges.
  13. Let cool for 5 minutes before removing from the baking sheet and placing onto a wire rack. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Yield

18

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 161Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 34mgSodium 144mgCarbohydrates 25gFiber 1gSugar 16gProtein 2g

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