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Web's Best Crackle-Top Chocolate Cookies Recipe

This chocolate cookies recipe produces cookies that are crackly and snappy on top. They're a winner!

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For this recipe, I recommend using a good mixer. The egg whites require thorough beating.

Crackle-Top Chocolate Cookies Recipe


3/4 cup of shortening
1 1/4 cup of dark brown sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 squares unsweetened chocolate
2 1/4 cups cake flour
2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
granulated sugar

Method for making Crackle-Top Chocolate Cookies Recipe

First, you want to melt the chocolate in the microwave or in a double boiler. If you need a double boiler, the Fagor Stainless-Steel 2-Quart Double Boiler with Steamer Insert is particularly good for melting chocolate).

Use a beater. Place the shortening and brown sugar in the beater bowl and beat until light. Add the egg and the melted chocolate. Beat again.

Sift together the dry ingredients. Beat the dry ingredients into the batter, alternating with the vanilla.

Butter the palms of your hands and shape small pieces of dough into balls. Place the granulated sugar in a small bowl, and dip the top of the balls in the sugar. Place these sugared balls sugar side up on a greased baking sheet or a non-stick baking sheet. You will need two baking sheets. Place them about two inches apart, because this crackle-top chocolate cookies recipe will spread during baking. Press the balls down a little but do not flatten like a pancake.

Bake at 375° for about 15 minutes. Switch the baking sheets around end to end during baking. These cookies burn easily, so watch carefully.

This crackle-top chocolate cookies recipe pleases kids of all ages.