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Chocolate crackle cookies

chocolate crackle cookies

It finally snowed in Montreal, just in time for Christmas. If I had known we were going to have a white Christmas in the end, I wouldn’t have fretted so much for the entire month of December.

It snowed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The snow was fluffy and light. By mid-January, I will have had enough of it, but for this week, I can’t get enough of the snow.

chocolate crackle cookies

These snowy white crackle cookies are perfect for celebrating the white season. They are like fudgy brownie bites on the inside, and powdery white on the outside. With every bite, a little of the powdery sugar falls, just like the snow.

chocolate crackle cookies

These cookies are easy to make, and I actually made the dough a few days ahead of time before rolling and baking them. I think that helps develop the flavor and the texture. These crackle cookies are super chocolaty and not too sweet, even with all that powdered sugar. The texture is amazing, fudgy but light, and the chopped walnuts add a little bit of a soft crunch to them (just like for brownies).

chocolate crackle cookies

As you’ve probably noticed, I’ve been quite smitten with many of the cookbooks that Canadian writers have put together this year. This recipe is yet another example of why, and it comes from à la di Stasio 3, the third book of cookbook author Josée di Stasio of Quebec. It’s the best crackle cookie recipe I’ve tried thus far, and I think it will become a staple on our ever-growing list of Christmas-baking.

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Chocolate crackle cookies

Course Dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Total Time 31 minutes
Servings 5 dozen
Author Janice

Ingredients

  • 225 grams semi-sweet chocolate 8 oz, roughly chopped
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup milk 80 mL, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup powdered sugar or more

Instructions

  1. Melt the chocolate in a small bowl over a double-boiler. Set aside to cool slightly.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Set aside for later.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and the brown sugar until the mixture has lightened slightly.
  4. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating between each addition and scraping down the bowl as needed. Add the vanilla, and beat the mixture again. Now add the melted chocolate, mixing well.
  5. With the mixer on low, add the flour, alternating with the milk. When all the ingredients are well blended, add the walnuts.
  6. Cover the bowl and refrigerate the cookie dough for a couple hours, if not overnight.
  7. Form the dough into 1 inch balls, and refrigerate the dough again so that it is nice and firm.
  8. When you are ready to bake the cookies, preheat the oven to 350°F. Cover your baking sheets with parchment or a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0001RT42C/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=kitch02-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B0001RT42C" rel="nofollow">Silpat Liner</a>.
  9. Roll the balls of cookie dough in powdered sugar to generously coat them. Place them on a baking sheet, about 2 inches apart.
  10. Bake the cookies for 11–13 minutes, or until the cookies have crackled on top (and not just on the sides).
  11. Let cool a couple of minutes on the baking sheet before transferring the cookies to a rack.

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14 Responses to Chocolate crackle cookies

  1. Torviewtoronto December 27, 2011 at 2:45 am #

    delicious looking cookies and presentation
    happy holidays to you and family

  2. Melissa // thefauxmartha December 27, 2011 at 5:28 pm #

    These look perfect! We’ve been missing the snow too in Chicago. We’re down south for Christmas, but I’m hoping for globs of it in January when we come back. Glad you got some for Christmas! Jealous.

  3. Joanne December 27, 2011 at 6:00 pm #

    Oh no! You just gave me more cookies I can’t resist. They look so good.

  4. Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels December 27, 2011 at 8:31 pm #

    I looooovee chocolate crackle cookies but I’ve never made them myself. Thanks for the great recipe, I can’t wait to try these out. YUM! 🙂

  5. foodwithameaning December 28, 2011 at 1:21 pm #

    Incredible photos and tempting cookies.

  6. Privatestock December 28, 2011 at 1:49 pm #

    I baked these cookies for a friend’s party and they were devoured! Love these cookies!

  7. Ally December 28, 2011 at 5:50 pm #

    Fantastic recipe. They look so great!
    xo
    http://allykayler.blogspot.com

  8. Grubarazzi December 28, 2011 at 6:20 pm #

    I can never resist a sugar coated cookie. These are beautiful! Great photos!

  9. Dee D. December 28, 2011 at 6:24 pm #

    I’ve never tried this type of cookie, but they look seriously delicious! Will be trying this 🙂

  10. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel December 28, 2011 at 10:22 pm #

    I bet these taste amazing! I’ve never made them and I’m honestly not sure why.

  11. rara-mi December 19, 2013 at 9:33 am #

    i’ve just finished making these and they are amazing

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