Chocolate Crackles


I’ve been eyeballing these cookies since I first saw a recipe for them in a special Martha Stewart holiday cookie magazine printed back in 2006 and again in her Cookies Cookbook. Every time I’ve looked through my magazine, these Chocolate Crackles have always leapt off the page and said make me. Make Me. MAKE. ME.

But I didn’t listen until now. I don’t know why it took me so long, but man, I’m glad I finally did.

They are yummy and soft and just plain pretty. But mostly yummy. Oh and chocolatey of course. Very, very chocolatey.

So really that’s all you need to know, right?


Start out with 8 ounces of bittersweet chocolate. Oh yeah.


Melt the chocolate in a saucepan over another pot of simmering water. Then set aside to let cool.


I transferred it to a heatproof plastic bowl so it could cool a bit more quickly.

And yes, I tested the temp with my finger. And maybe more than once. : )


While the chocolate cools, mix together the flour, cocoa baking powder and salt…


… until it’s all combined and beautiful.

Set aside and beat butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in eggs. Mix in vanilla.


And then add the melted chocolate.


Add half the flour mixture, some milk and the rest of the flour mixture.

Don’t worry. I’m going to give you a link to the recipe.

Right now. And again at the end, too.


Once it’s all mixed together, divide the cookie dough into four equal parts. Wrap each part in plastic wrap and refrigerate for a couple of hours or until firm.

Now, my cookie dough seemed much more like thick cookie batter, so I also placed it in the freezer to get it a little firmer.

When ready to use, unwrap one section at a time.


I divided it into 12 pieces with a knife because I found that if I handled it too much, the “dough” was starting to melt from the body temperature of my hands.

But dividing it this way ended up working out pretty good.

Grab one of the small pieces of dough and quickly roll into a 1 inch ball. Every few you roll, rinse and dry your hands to avoid them sticking to your hands too much.


Roll it in granulated sugar and then roll it in powdered sugar and place on a baking sheet.

Like so.


Here’s the different stages for reference.

P.S. The recipe link only mentions using one of the sugars, but the one in my magazine calls for both. So I’d do it that way.


Wow. It was tempting to just leave them like this.


But then I wouldn’t get to see them do this after they baked.


They are just so pretty.


And so so good.

Martha Stewart’s Chocolate Crackles

I love trying new things and then crossing them off my “to bake” list.

How about you? What was the last new thing you baked?

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404 comments on “Chocolate Crackles”

  1. I baked fudge chip cookies with Andes mint chips. They were amazing!

  2. The last “new” thing I baked was Sour Cream Banana Bread and it IS a new found favorite, though lots of butter and sour cream makes this too hard to resist to bake all that often, especially as I slather it with more butter after toasting or warm from the oven.

    Moist and wonderful (the last time I made it I added cocoa powder and cinnamon. YUM!)

  3. Dieting. :( And I can handle it, really I can, except that I read so many food blog! And it’s the baked goods that get me. Ugh.

  4. Delish! I made a cookie that looked like those….I think the recipe was Paula Deen?

  5. Well I made the brownies from the same magazine with the icing from the surprise cookies. It is thick and amazing, really to die for. That is the best magazine from 2006…. it is in my living room with my Ikea catalog, so I never loose it! I will have to try these! Any good suggestions for a treat for a Valentine’s Day Treasure for cupids arrow?

  6. oh yes, you must make these with espresso powder–i found the recipe in the Everyday Food magazine several years ago at Valentine’s Day. They are my signature Christmas cookie! Didn’t get around to making them this year, maybe I’ll make them for V-day! Thanks for the encouragement!

  7. Time to try these with the kids tonight. They look great. Here in Australia, referenece to “chocolate crackles” are made from the breakfast cereal Rice Krispies or Rice Bubbles as its known in Australia. have a look. Great at kids parties.
    The recipe uses “Copha” but the alternative is Vegetable Fat.

  8. I love these, I made them last year,, and I’ve been thinking of making them again. The last thing I made was strawberry toasties although I might have to remake them from a different recipe.

  9. The last new recipe I tried was for cinnamon rolls (Paula Deen’s recipe). And WOW….sooooo yummy, and probably contain about a million calories (but I ate them on Christmas–so holiday baking is calorie-free, yes?). They freeze nicely too, so I could spread out the indulgence. I have a recipe for “crinkles” that is similar to this one– it incorporates a touch of cinnamon, which really adds a little something.

  10. These are my daughter’s favorite cookies! And as for something new, I tried my hand at baking the English Muffin Toasting Bread from the King Arthur Four Company’s blog, baking banter. It made the perfect piece of toast for the new year!

  11. The oatmeal fudge bars from the America’s Test Kitchen Baking book. They were yummy!

  12. O.K. I’m literally drooling. My low carb diet is foiled again!

  13. These remind me of Christmas time. These cookies have been a staple Christmas cookies for as long as I can remember…Yum! Thanks for the food memory :)

  14. My mom would often make these when I was a kid – they’re SO good!! : )

    I got an awesome scone pan for Christmas and broke it in by baking some chocolate chip coconut scones with an almond glaze – they tasted like Almond Joys – yum!!

  15. WOW! These look soooo amazing. The last thing I tried was a lazy version of pillow cookies. I already had left over brownie scraps so I used a ready made cookie dough. They were still super yummy. Then I tried putting bite sized candies (butterfinger, snickers and reeses) inside….definitely not as good.

  16. Your Chocolate cookies would have been great on my Chocolate Dipped Whoopie pies I made last week!

  17. The last new thing that I baked was actually Cake Balls! It was my first time and I did them for my sisters birthday cake. I did pink and brown over a red velvet cake. They were adorable and delicious! I was so proud that I actually posted them on my blog (I don’t normally post food). Anyway, thanks for your awesome website!

  18. I make these cookies every year for the holidays. They are always a HUGE hit with the coworkers and neighbors.

  19. strawberry-almond and mango-coconut-macadamia nut scones for my roommate’s “good luck with your med school interview” breakfast.

    that and cupcakes for the scharffenberger cupcake contest!

  20. These cookies are similar to one I tried at Christmas, although the ones I made were gluten free. They were really amazing, and my friends with gluten allergies were especially thankful during the cookie season!

  21. so yummy! they look so soft and moist inside

  22. Mickey Mouse Sorcerers apprentice cake ball hats…in ‘honor’ of daughter’s boyfriend’s promotion at Disney. They were fabulous, and chocolate. Thanks for the great ideas and tutorials!

  23. This little guys are delicious! I’ve made them several times. Saw the recipe in one little magazine (Hersheys Holiday Favorites 2010) then on Martha Stewart. Didn’t now about using granulated sugar. I guess I need to make another batch :)

  24. I make these every Christmas:). My grandmother (Naw) has a recipe almost exactly like it that my family has made for years. I make hers & Martha’s…depending on which recipe I remember first:). Now…I’d really like to have one. Mmm…

  25. Your cookies came out looking so delicious. I got a recipe for Crackle Cookies in one magazine (not Martha’s), the pictures look so good but when I baked it, it came out flat but the flavor was good. What do you think should I do to prevent the same mistake? Maybe I should try again with this recipe. Thanks!

  26. These are my FAVORITE christmas cookie! my aunt makes them every year for christmas :-) They are amazing! i especially like them just a little bit undercooked, extra fudgy!

    PS- i was so happy to meet you at your NY book signing! I have to admit, i was a little star struck hehe

  27. These are my son’s favorite cookies. I made them at Christmas and they are delicious. My daughter in law and I made the Christmas tree cake pops over the holiday, too. So very cute!

  28. My family has been making these for as many christmases as I can remember! Another trick for not getting the chocolate to melt in your hands while rolling in balls is to rub an ice cube between your hands and dry off quickly before handling the dough. I end up having to do this every 3-4 cookies, but get very little chocolate on my hands.

  29. Oh man! It was awhile since I last baked… actually it was just yesterday, but it seemed like forever. I made pumpkin pie without the crust, and IT. IS. HEAVENLY. Go make some. No baking required. Just warm, spicy goodness. I think I’ll go have some now. Mmmmmm…

  30. Amazing! These look delicious! We love Martha Steward cookie recipes! Own the book because we could not get enough! Your step by step photographs are wonderful and make sweets look so appetizing! Great blog!

  31. I’ve always been intrigued by crackle top cookies but have never baked or eaten them myself. Last weekend, I made peanut butter cheesecake brownies, and they were DIVINE!!!

  32. I love chocolate crackles! Actually, I love any chocolate cookie! The last new thing I baked was almond cheesecake squares with blueberry sauce! yummm

  33. I have my own special twist on these cookies, which I have made for years thanks to my mum’s copy of the Hershey Cookbook.

    My recipe includes a tsp of chili powder and a tsp (or half a tsp) of cayenne in the dough. It sounds weird but it’s really, really yummy and they usually make converts. :)
    Sometimes, to gild the lily, I add a 1/2 cup of chocolate chips to provide melty contrast.

  34. The last thing i baked was cupcakes

  35. they are so good with a rolo in the center!

  36. The last thing I baked/made was chocolate covered pretzel rods w/ all the yummy decorations, but just days before that, I made the Red Velvet cake balls for my co-workers and received the most raves I think I ever have & I bake for them ALL the time! Thank you for your book & inspiration!

  37. This is too funny! I make these too(we call them zebra cookies) but my recipe is COMPLETELY different! I must try these!

  38. i’ve had these on my to bake list too. i really need to get around to it!!
    right now i have one bowl brownies in the oven.

  39. Heloo Bakerella…. do you think I can make half the receipe???

  40. Chocolate crackies are just great – next time you make them, add some cinnamon and ancho chile!

  41. Variation (great for kids): I make these quite small. When the cookies are hot out of the oven I take a Hershey’s Hug (unwrapped) and gently press it into the top and then leave it to cool. The bottom of the hug will melt a little and adhere to the cookie. My son and I call them “Zebra Cookies” and we get asked by friends and family to make them every Christmas, with rave reviews!

  42. Love those pink bowls! Do you mind if I ask where you got them? And the cookies… wow those look delish! Can’t wait to try the recipe!

  43. These are the cookie I grew up making and are still my favorite to this day! So so yummy! They are the perfect chocolate flavor!

  44. I made Gingerbread yesterday from a 1930s recipe. So Yummy that I shared the recipe on my blog today. I’ve made these cookies before, but it was a long time ago. I remember that they tasted scrumptious.

  45. These have become a staple at our house for Christmas – So yummy!!! Yours look amazing! Wish my pictures came out looking as wonderful as yours!

  46. I LOVE these cookies! My MIL made them all the time while my husband was growing up, so now I make them all the time. If I’m feeling extra fancy (usually around the holidays), I place a Keebler Grasshopper mint cookie on each cookie immediately after I take them out of the oven. Then, when they are cooled, I tint some melted white chocolate green and drizzle it over each cookie. Yum. My favorite cookies ever!They looks so pretty!

  47. Thank you for finding this recipe again! I was thinking of it when I made “Hazelnut Chewies”, which could be titled “Nutella Crackles”, found on the cover of Cooks Illustrated’s 2010 Holiday Cookie issue. I made several cookies from that issue, but it was these that received raves. The balls are made with Nutella and finely chopped hazelnuts, then rolled in roasted hazelnuts and sugar. After they were such a hit I made them again, this time using an even-better-than Nutella product from Whole Foods. Another hit!

  48. I love these cookies! They’re an old family favorite that my grandma’s been making for at least 40 years. Wouldn’t be Christmas without her Chocolate Crinkles! I had never seen or heard anyone else making them when i was growing up, but now I see them everywhere.

    As for me, i’ve been busy making banana split cupcakes. OOOOOO YEAH!

  49. Last night I’ve baked Pumpkin-Maple Coffee Cake for the first time. It’s tasted so yummy when eaten warm! Got the recipe from

  50. I have made these! They are delicious!

  51. Not really any baking involved but just made grasshopper pie which was delicious, fresh, and minty-chocolate!

  52. These look divine, like Molly I have always made the Easy Chocolate Crackles, my family loves them. My recipe is:
    Devils Food Cake mix, 2 eggs,slightly beaten, 1/2 cup Crisco, 1 T. Water, just roll into 1 inch balls & roll in powdered sugar.
    Bake 375 for 8 – 10 min.
    I bet rolling them in granulated sugar first, makes the outside a bit crispier.
    So try these sometime when you are in a hurry. I look forward to your post every Mon. Thanks!!

  53. i just made Martha Stewarts Oreo Cheesecake Cupcakes over the weekend, and everybody loved them! they were gone the next day :)

  54. The last new thing I baked was a red velvet cake! Thanks for the recipe!!

  55. Yummy! I grew up having these at Christmas time – they were called Chocolate Crinkle Cookies. My Mom put the recipe in both family recipe books that I have. She is an amazing baker and had an “in-house” bakery – Beehive Bakery – for a few years. She would bake for hospital auxiliary meetings and such at the clinic where my Dad worked. I miss the delicious breads and baked goods! The last new thing I baked/made was a Red Velvet Trifle for our family Christmas Party; it was a cake mess that turned into an amazing dessert, I plan on making a Lemon Trifle next. Thanks for your beautiful blog, it is inspiring!

  56. I made these at Christmas with peppermint extract after having one at Panera Bread and they were devine!

  57. i baked the chocolate crinkles over christmas and they WERE amazing!! =D

    loving martha stewart cookies =)

  58. Those are similar to the espresso crinkles I like to make.. pretty much just add a tablespoon or so of instant espresso powder and they are so much yummier!!!! Really brings out the chocolate flavor and gives you an extra little buzz!! YUM

  59. these ARE scrumptious!!!
    Last new thing I baked – muffins that taste like fair mini donuts ;) OH so yummy!!!!
    Cake pops on my list today ;)

  60. I have been making a grown up version of these for years with sambuca and walnuts in them. They are delicious with a cup of espresso with a splash of samba in it.

  61. nothing *new*..just my old stand-by faves! but these look SO delish..i want to try ’em! thanks bakerella :)

  62. I have to admit to making Cake Pops as the last thing I baked up. We are in the throws of “potty training” my almost 3 years old and Cake Pops are the way to bribe!

    I will probably be making these little lovelies next Saturday along w/some shortbread cookies I am dying to make w/friends. We have “baking playdates” in my Mommies Groups.

  63. Those chocolate crackles look amazing!! My cousin and I just made the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownies from your January 12, 2009 post last night! They were to die for!! So now I have room on my “to bake” list to add these! I can’t wait to try them! ;c)

  64. Chocolate Crackle cookies are great! Made them a long time ago but the Martha Stewart recipe looks like a good one.

    The last thing I baked was a Blueberry Buckle.

  65. These are awesome! I featured these on my Cookie of the Day project over at Simple Fare, Fairly Simple! Yummy!!

  66. I had some bananas I needed to use, but I didn’t want plain old banana bread. I found a recipe for Chocolate Banana Bars, which ended up being like brownies with a banana layer marbled in. They were great and easy!!

  67. Hmmmm…….the last thing new thing I baked……scones made entirely of almond flour! No “all purpose” flour in this recipe; just trying the gluten free route for a change=). To the scones I added different types of chopped dried fruit like pear, french apples and peaches instead of your standard cranberry or apricot. Absolutely delicious! A definite keeper=D Love ya’ Bakerella!

  68. These look so good! I want to make these next. The last thing I baked was chocolate cake balls. I dipped half in choc bark and the other half in white bark. I am glad they didn’t bark at me lol. I color some of the white bark pink and some yellow. I piped the cake balls with pink, yellow, and choc then I added some silver food dust. They turned out so pretty. I made these for our secretary at work for her birthday. No one here has ever heard or had a cake ball until now. They loved them. Thanks to finding your book on the cake pops. I made a lot of co workers happy. Thank you for giving us such a wonderful gift of love and sharing of the pictures and instructions on how to bake many wonderful goodies.

  69. The last thing I baked actually look a lot like the but they are much simpler to make.
    Use any flavor cake mix (most people love the lemon)
    Cool Whip
    an egg, maybe 2
    then roll the balls in powdered suger


  70. I make that same recipe (chocolate crackles from MS Cookies) every Christmas – they are soooo yummy!

    Last thing I baked was peanut butter cookies, last Friday. :)

  71. mmmmmmmmmm these are my favorite cookies from my mom!!

    I just made a homemade strawberry cake (no pudding or cake mix) for my daughter’s birthday cake. BEST. CAKE. TO. DATE!!

    it’s a spin off of paula deen’s hummingbird cake. delicious!!

  72. I think we are making these today, thank you they look delicious!!

  73. This is by far my favorite recipe for Chocolate Crackles! These stay soft and delicious.

  74. I baked a Bailey’s Irish cream cheesecake. It turned out fantastic. Only change: make it a chocolate swirl baileys cheesecake! Yum!

  75. I adore your pictures! You are so talented!

  76. these are one of my favorite cookies, we call them snowcaps. My mother was a baker at a school cafeterithey made them all the time, that’s where I got the recipe.
    The last thing I baked was a pecan praline cake for dessert on New Year’s day. It was delicious.

  77. These are my favoritest cookies ever!!

  78. I made a recipe like the Crackle Top Cookies that called for a box chocolate cake mix,water, shortening and eggs. Mix all together,roll into ball then into the powdered sugar and bake. When done take the cookies out and press a Peppermint Patties in the center and let cool. If you like Peppermint and chocolate this is a great cookie.

  79. These are a family Christmas tradition. I like to add a 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint extract or mint chocolate chips to make them more Christmas-y. During the rest of the year I make them extra chocolate-y by throwing in some semi-sweet chocolate chips. :)

  80. The last new thing I baked was macarons! I ended up overbeating the meringue so the feet were really big. They tasted good though, especially coated in extra ganache! Egg whites are aging now for my next attempt… Btw, LOVE chocolate crackle cookies. I’ve never tried Martha’s recipe but may have to.

  81. These are SO pretty!! I bet they do taste like a brownie.

    The last new dessert I made (but not baked) was Smitten Kitchen’s vanilla bean pudding. Outstanding!!

  82. Beautiful! Love the pink bowls. My daughter would love them! she’s into pink big time.

  83. These are usually a Christmas staple here! But this weekend I made cinnamon bread in the breadmaker. It’s a recipe I found online somewhere. Since I took today off and have a bunch of baking supplies in the kitchen, I might back some cookies!

  84. I made Pink Lemonade cupcakes last night. They were amazing!

  85. Gosh, those look delicious!! I made these a while back, and I baked them perfectly… then I left them on the tray and they overcooked.
    Jess : )

  86. I made BabyCakes’s gluten free vanilla cupcakes yesterday. (only because I realized I used my last bit of cocoa powder to male the icing) I think I need to try making them again, they taste really good, but I have a feeling they should be better. The icing?? Her icing using coconut oil IS awesome!!! You should definitely try it. She says she sells it by the shot in her bakeries, it’s THAT good. Now I see why! ;)
    My MIL also makes these crackle/crinkle cookies. Fantastic!!!! She gave me the recipe 6 years ago and I have yet to make them!!
    I think it’s the 2 hr chill time. I usually don’t plan ahead when baking a batch of cookies.

  87. OMG! My daughter makes something similar, called Chocolate Crinkles. The main difference (from what I can see) is that she adds chocolate chips before chilling the dough. Super rich and yummy!

  88. i meant to say the recipe….!

  89. I LOVE these cookies!(:

    My grandma has an amazing recipe for these by Paula Deen…

    email me if you want some!(:

  90. Well, these look tasty and chocolate is my favorite. I recently made bread pudding for the first time and it was a big hit. Making red velvet cake balls today for a special little girl. She thinks they rock!

  91. Last new thing I made was Peanut Butter Cupcakes.. I made both chocolate and vanilla cupcakes, but each had a peanut butter cup inside! They were were frosted with either vanilla or chocolate frosting and then I added chopped peanut butter cups to the tops. They were beautiful and delicious! :)

  92. Those look AMAZING!!!! :)

  93. The last thing I baked was the chocolate chip cookies from Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey Treats for Kids.

    I also just made the chocolate peanut butter pudding this morning- not something I baked though.

  94. Those look great.

  95. I make something like these each year around the Holidays & everyone just loves them, but i do add abt 1 teaspoon of instant coffee, gives a nice taste with the chocolate !!! Yummy !!!!

  96. Awwwww! This looks so uber moist and yummy! Let me have one or two ?

  97. Omg I need to try those!!
    The last thing I tried to make were cinnamon bun pancakes with icing-syrup…. Mmmmmmm I liked I liked!

  98. Just this weekend I made two loaves of wheat bread…it was so good! We make these for Christmas everyyear too, because they resemble a brownie, this year we put walnuts in them and they were even better.

  99. I was just looking at this recipe last night while flipping through my Cookies Book! I have been wanting to make these but just thinking about having to refrigerate first, I’m just too impatient!

    The last time I “baked” something was Sunday. Although it’s not baking, since it doesn’t require the oven. I made Tiramisu for the first time. It was good but think it was missing something. Do you have any good Tiramisu recipes?

  100. These do look so good! I’ve always wondered about making them too. Will add them to my list!

  101. There is a recipe for Crackle Top Cookies that calls for a box chocolate cake mix, eggs (whatever is on the boxed mix), and one container of whipped topping. Mix all together, roll into balls, roll in powdered sugar, bake. They look just like these cookies.

  102. The last thing I baked was Alton Brown’s Parsnip muffins! (last night) :) They are so delicious!

  103. I love these cookies…they are like brownies to me! Thelast new thing I made are orange madelines. I have been wanting to make them forever, and I finally got a chance yesterday! They are yummy too! My baking list keeps growing and growing & it’s hard to keep up :)

  104. These have been a family Christmas staple for years! One of my favorites!! My mom’s uses mint chocolate instead of the bittersweet. It’s perfect.

  105. These look great! I recently made marble brownies, and then I made them again the following week! They were better than I expected and I am so happy I tried them.

  106. While I love to bake sweet treats, I certainly do not need to eat them all by myself…so the last thing “new” I baked, was a beet. One of my patients told me she bakes them like a potato…so I had to try it. It was great!

  107. The next big thing I’m looking for is a banana cake. I tried a Martha Stewart recipe, I thought it was great, but he’s not satisfied. So I’m still looking to try another recipe. These cookies you made look awesome. If they’re like brownies like you said, my husband is going to love it! We love brownies. I think I might make these for my daugthers bday to give as favors. yum!

  108. Last thing I baked was authentic French Macaroons with Raspberry-Rose Buttercream from the January issue of Bon Appetit. They say it’s the “new cupcake”. I had some nail-biting moments, as they’re complicated, but delicious enough that I made promises to make them for Valentines Day.
    P.S. If you don’t LOVE Raspberry…don’t make them.

  109. I love these. I make them every year as part of my Christmas cookies. There is other ways of making them like with Devils Food cake mix that is a little easier for a beginner. But there is never a cookie tray in my house with out them.

  110. These look so good. Are they similar to crinkles? I’ve made chocolate crinkles and mint chocolate crinkles before. The mint ones are REALLY good.

  111. I make these every year, but Scharfenberger Chocolate isn’t in my budget so I use Ghiradelli. I made these Ambrosia Cookies this year. Yummy and delicious!

  112. I’ve been making these out of my Betty Crocker cookbook for years. One of my favorites. I actually didn’t make them for Christmas this year (trying to scale back a little), but now I’m thinking I’ll have to make them soon. Maybe I’ll color the powdered sugar pink and make them for Valentine’s Day!

  113. Those look delicious! I love chocolate cookies :) The last thing I baked was a holiday cheesecake for a Christmas Day bake-off competition. I lost to my mom ;)

  114. Yesterday I made your football oreo truffles! they were a hit at the game I went to watch. Except I still dont have the piping down. Practice makes perfect!

  115. Those look delicious! Somehow they didn’t look as good in her cookbook, when I couldn’t visualize the melted chocolate going into the batter. I just love making the things you make on your blog, I’m even playing around with making my own donuts! :) I think you are fantastic!

  116. The last new thing I baked were some muffins off the King Arthur flour website. Chocolate chips, cinnamon chips & banana. MMMM. They were so good. These cookies look so good. I’ve seen them too, but have never made them.

  117. My mother-in-law makes the “chocolate crinkles” every year at Christmas. Her recipe only calls for one form of the chocolate. We made them in Colorado and they were crispy, not soft like the ones the MIL makes. I’ll have to compare this recipe. Thanks for the post.

  118. I made these using a Real Simple recipe. I might add some mini (or regular sized) chocolate chips when doing again, and probably try this recipe. It also only called for one sugar (powdered) and most of my cookies did NOT come out as white and gorgeous looking as yours did. I thought they were delicious, though I wanted them to be more fudgie. Will definitely try out the recipe you used next time! Thanks!

  119. I love these cookies! They always make me smile. Occasionally I’ll change them up a bit by adding a little ground ginger, ground chile or some cinnamon. The last thing I baked was what I call purple cow cupcakes. I used grape juice concentrate as part of the liquid to give them a lavender color. They’ll be a great kids’ cupcake!

  120. I want to try these. St. Louis is known for inventing the Gooey Butter Cake and then the Gooey Butter Cookies. (the Paula Dean recipe referred to in other comment is that cookie version). I love to make Gooey Butter Cookies but have always learned to make them using a cake mix and have made them with Chocolate cake mix. But this looks like a “from scratch” version. Want to make it and compare. Try Gooey Butter Cake from scratch! You will melt as it melts in your mouth!!! Try it!!!! I dare you! Or buy one in St. Louis… that is easier and what I do.

  121. Last thing I baked was Peanut Butter cookies. I added chopped peanuts and mini chocolate chips to the dough because I never seem to get them dipped before the kiddos finish them off. Thanks for the inspiration~ this one is definitely on my “to bake” list!

  122. I’ve been making these since I was a kid – they’re called Chocolate Crinkles in the Betty Crocker cookbooks. Everybody loves them! I always cut the sugar down a little from the original, by about a third (the interior sugar, not the exterior confectioners sugar) – it makes the chocolate really sing.

  123. The last new thing I baked was Carrot Cake Cheesecake and OMG it was delicious. How could it not be, cheesecake, carrot cake and cream cheese frosting. YUMMY! It’s huge though.

  124. Yum! I made some similar cookies last year for Christmas and totally forgot about them. SOO delicious! Mine had a bit of cinnamon in there for a little warmth, too.

    I just tried yet another vanilla cupcake recipe in search of that perfect one. I’ll achieve vanilla bliss yet!

  125. oh yum, my mom has a recipe similar to these that she used to make for us every Christmas! beautifully done!

  126. I tried an Italian Cream Cake that was yummy! It was on my “to-do” list.


  128. I trust any recipe that starts with melted chocolate!

  129. We also call them Chocolate Crinkles here. =) One of my faves! And the last thing I baked were cupcakes..but it’s really not something to cross off my “to bake someday”. list.. =)

  130. On the same theme as you. The last thing I baked was chocolate waffles….yummy!

  131. Last thing I baked was a gooey butter cake! It was to die for.

  132. Made these as gifts for Christmas but added some instant coffee to the mix. Yumminess is all I can say!!! Folks here (in Eastern Europe) couldn’t believe they were homemade. I guess it was because they were not only yummy but beautiful as well. Glad you got to have a wonderful experience. Enjoying your blog! Have a great day!

  133. i have baked these cookies several times but never knew about the 2 sugars…thanks so much for this tip!
    i have been subscribing to martha’s cookie of the day & just love the look of her chocolate peanut butter shortbread squares with a basket weave of chocolate…so i sent away for the mat to produce the basket weave.

  134. Last thing I baked was a White Chocolate Layer cake with Rich white Chocolate icing. Last thing I made was peanut butter cup bars!!! (those aren’t technically baked!) But so darn good!!! I actually made several pans over the weekend!!!

  135. OMG, please send some over! YUM! :)

  136. Well…..the last thing i made was a YUMMY condensmilk,berry,crispes,nut,and much more yummy things for our tummies.i would love to share to recipe with u bakerella oohh and by the way i live in south africa and was so excited when my order of your pops book landed here in SA.I am a huge fan by the way

  137. I have the Martha Stewart cookie book and they have always jumped off the page to me as well. But, I was always afraid they would be dry and my family wouldn’t like them. Now they MUST be tried. Thanks!

  138. Angie,

    I know that your book tour was a hoot for you and your mom but it is nice to have you back on the blog. I’m sure you have a hundred irons in the fire and are still ultra-busy but still – nice to have you back!

  139. These Chocolate Crackles look amazing. I do want to try them and use the Scharffen Berger chocolate. Don’t cross them off your “to bake” list permanently! You know you need to make them again!

    I want to learn how to bake rugelach cookies – the rolled dough with a jam filling. They are delicious but they seem to take more baking experience than I have so I have been dreaming of them for quite some time.

  140. I have made these before and they are so good! I also make a gooey butter cookie that looks like this too. All to die for!!!!
    The newest thing I’ve made was chocolate gooey butter cookies by Paula Deen instead of my regular (yellow) version. They were still very good, but I still think the original is the best. :)

  141. These are my favorite all time cookie. To avoid the mess, I leave the dough in a bowl and refrigerate. I use a smaller sized ice cream scoop to get the dough into a ball shape, then drop into the powdered sugar. Also, you can add some peppermint extract into the mix! Yumm

  142. These look a treat! but like a few other Aussies here, I too thought they were the Chocolate Crackles we grew up on here …

    I made a Pavlova on the weekend, another Aussie favourite which is a meringue dessert pie topped with fresh whipped cream and fruit… much loved for family parties and summer bbq’s…

  143. hmm, looks delicious!

  144. I’m so gonna make these! Today I made a Bananas Foster cake for my friends 50th B-Day. It was super yummy!

  145. The last ‘new’ thing I made was your ‘mix it up’ cookie jars for my daughter’s friends for Christmas. I tied mini tinsel around red ginham over the lid and labelled them as ‘Santa Cookies’ with instructions to make them on Christmas eve and leave a couple out for santa’s visit! They were a big success – thank you for your inspiration!

    I think I’m gonna have to try these cookies, they look fabulous!

  146. I love them! I usually bake them for christmas, been baking them for 2-3 years.

  147. Peanut butter truffles to put inside your edible heart box. For my BFF, she lost her job today and needed a pick-me-up.

  148. ohh I thought they were going to be proper aussie chocolate crackles. Completely different thing lol

    They look delicious though

  149. I made your red velvet cake balls this weekend and they were amazing!! I don’t bake often, and I don’t think I’m very good at it, but I saw your post the other day and could not stop thinking about them. Thank you so much!

    Also, these cookies look amazing and will immediately be added to my to-bake list!

  150. I was surprised to see these cookies on the website because I just made them today! One of my favorite cookies for sure, they go fast… :)

  151. oh, and these cookies do look beautiful <3

  152. By the subject line I thought you had branched out to try some Australian Treats!.

    This is what chocolate crackles are here

    one of my friends makes gourmet chocolate crackles and adds fancy things to the basic recipe…. Maybe you can try….

  153. i made german chocolate cake pops, but dipped them into ANDES chocolate!!

  154. Tey sound amazing, thank you for sharing!
    I made youre mix up jars they where a sucsess
    Thank you, big hugs from sweden

  155. Whoaaaa coincidence or what , I had seen these cookies on Martha’s show a while back and had made them then and it was great to eat and so pretty to look at and right now I have just finished making them and gonna put it up on my blog.

  156. I made chocolate cupcakes for my boyfriend’s daughter’s 2nd birthday. We used the extra Scharffen Berger chocolate from our entry into the Chocolate Adventure contest and it really makes all the difference. I never thought chocolate brand mattered much, but I’ll never go back now!

  157. These have been included in my Christmas cookie platters for years – using the recipe in an old Betty Crocker Cookie cookbook. They’re called Chocolated Crinkles in there.
    Last new things I baked were gluten free Snickerdoodles and Thumbprint cookies. Delish! Couldn’t even tell they were GF!!

  158. taste testing the chocolate sure looks like FUN!
    These look great my kids like crackle cookies, they love them so much that I even have a recipe to make them with a cake mix.

  159. LOL I have been making these for years. They’re also called Earthquake cookies and they are my favorite!

  160. oh my heavens. these look AMAZING! my mother used to make them. they’re soooo good.

  161. You are so funny! I love reading what you write under each picture–cracks me up :) For instance, when you said you taste tested the melted chocolate and you may have did it more than once. Comical! LOL

    The last new thing I tried to make were Snickerdoodle cookies and they were a complete failure. They spread out like pancakes! Do you have a good Snickerdoodle recipe or any tips on getting them to work? :)

  162. I actually just made Snickerdoodles for the first time. I love to bake, but usally bake chocolate chip cookies, or oatmeal, or cupcakes. They were YUMMY. Soft and chewy and didn’t last long. :)

  163. Oh my, these do look chocolatey, pretty, and GOOD!

    The last thing I baked is Two-Tone Cookie Crinkles:)

  164. wow, that looks delicious!
    I’ve never made cookies before, but these look like they are worth trying :)

  165. My mom makes these every year for Christmas. They are delish. Right now there is a Tate House pound cake baking in the oven. It’s been calling my name since I saw the recipe, so I’m making it for a meeting tomorrow, Hope it tastes as good as it looks!

  166. Beautiful!!! Luv them! Too bad I’m too busy making cake balls to raise money for a trip to Europe with People to People Ambassador Program to make them. The last thing I made were the Mini Maple Muffins :)

  167. Mmmmm! the last thing i baked was chicken, earlier this evening. but the last sweet thing i baked was fudge brownies. love u bakerella!

  168. I made these when I first saw Martha’s recipe…they are delicious! They quickly became one of my favorites and I make them often…especially for catering jobs or parties. They are so pretty on a festive table and they are always a tasty favorite with clients and guests.

  169. Looks delicious! The last thing I baked was Irish Car Bomb cupcakes for my friend’s birthday :)

  170. We tried Cake Pops for the first time today! What fun!

  171. The last thing I baked was my mothers cheesecake recipe… it was a big deal because she never gave me the recipe until now. I think this means she finally trusts me not to mess it up, lol! BTW I love you Bakerella… keep doing what you do.

  172. These look amazingly delicious. The pictures of them are beautiful as well! The last thing i baked was green tea cupcakes. They’re a family favorite around my house!

  173. Chocolate Crinkles have been a family favorite for years. This year for Christmas I tried making Pfefferneusse cookies for the first time. I thought they turned out scrumptious! But I was the only one who felt that passionate about them. Oh well, more for me!

  174. Those look amazing! I can’t wait to try them. I work retail and I don’t get to do Christmas cookies because am to busy with work so I always bake a lot for Valentine’s Day and share with my friends and family. These would be a great addition.
    The best new thing I have baked recently are mini Nutella pies. Easy and super yummy!

  175. I’ve made the short cut version of these using chocolate cake mix, cool whip, an egg, and rolling them in powdered sugar. I’m not sure how they compare to the real thing, they look just alike, but everyone I’ve made them for has loved them.

  176. My MIL made these but I haven’t yet, thanks for the inspiration! I made Coconut Dream Cookies, pretty good not as chocolatey as yours!

  177. If you like these, then you will love Paula Dean’s recipe for Gooey Chocolate Butter Cookies, they are the same as the crinkle cookies but you use a box of cake mix. they have more flavor. I highly recommend.

  178. I made these years ago for my sister at Christmas, she raved over them! They are still her favorites.

  179. I’ve been wanting to bake them, too! So tomorrow’s the day! I’ve been enjoying making your things and sending them to work with my husband to fatten up his co-workers instead of me! :o)

  180. I just tried your congo bars ( brookies) recipe..finally got a chance to make them..soooo family can’t stop eating it.

    And this cookies will definitely be on my to bake list..

    can’t wait to try them..!

  181. If you think those are good, you should also try her espresso version of these crackle cookies. UNBELIEVABLE! I ended up making four batches of these over the holidays, when I’d only meant to make one. Love, love, loved them!

  182. Hooray! These look so good.
    Just had to comment because ‘Chocolate Crackles’ are a staple kid’s party food in Australia, but they’re entirely different! Think rice krispies mixed with cocoa and sugar, piled into crunchy little mounds and then happily smeared all over children’s cheeks.

  183. Oh geeze! Don’t twist my arm! I will make these!! :) I recently made a cinnamon roll cake. It. was. delicious!

  184. Glory – Thank you!

    Meghan – YAY!

    Amanda – Ha! I have that same problem.

    Kimmy D – Have fun and tell him I said Happy Birthday!

  185. Cakes….4 of them, this weekend. 2 grooms cakes and 2 wedding cakes.

    My son & I will be making basketball cake pops tomorrow when he’s out of school. His birthday is Tuesday and they’ll be his treat to take to his class. :) Can’t wait!

  186. They look delicious! I would’ve licked my finger a few times too. The last thing I baked were chocolate chip cookies from the recipe on the back with significantly fewer chocolate chips than I had intended to use. :)

  187. Last new thing I made was cake pops! Santa hat cake pops to be exact, for christmas. I looved making them and my family looved eating them! Its a great combination

  188. These look so good! These are one of my favortie cookies! We call them Crinkles in my house =)
    I’ve been following your blog pretty religiously since 2007, but I really don’t comment as much as I probably should ( since you usually have 1,000 comments already, I figure one more or less makes no difference). Anyway, I know I love comments, so I’ll try to leave a little love more often! I really love and admire everything you do… your baking, photography and writing syle. Keep being you! =)

  189. Red Velvet Cheesecake! It was amazing!

  190. Michelle – They do taste like brownies


    Erin – that’s probably why I do want to eat the whole batch.

    I’ll have to pace myself.

  191. I made the yarn cupcakes from the “Whats new cupcake” book.

  192. I make these every year for Christmas (they’re my dad’s favorite). I usually end up putting in a tsp of mint extract with the melted chocolate to make them mint flavored. delicious!

  193. Those look so yummy! I would for sure make these, but it would be hard not to eat the whole batch!

  194. Mmmm…Those look delicious!! I had some leftover sour cream after making my grandma’s famous strawberry Jell-o salad, so I tried making some Sour Cream Chocolate cookies last month. And they were amazing!!

  195. I made some Chocolate Fudge and PB Fudge… yummy!! Have you tried MS Buttered Rum Meltaways? They are now one of my family favourites!!

  196. Love these, too. I just made the chewy chocolate ginger cookies from the cover of Matha’s cookie book and… oh my word…. You must try these!

  197. Funny, I have wanted to make these for a while, too! But I haven’t yet. I seem to have too many “favourite” cooke recipes that I like to bake. LOL. The last new thing I baked were some banana oatmeal muffins. Simple, not too sweet so they were sorta healthy, but delicious nonetheless.

  198. Love these. They remind me of chocolatey brownie bites and they are so addictive!

  199. I made chocolate crackles about a month ago for Christmas and they were delicious! I used a low fat recipe from Dinner with Julie ( and they were so easy and tasty!

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