Chocolate Crackle Cookies

Total Time
1hr 15mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 45 mins

This is the absolute favorite cookie in my house. I've been using this exact recipe for the past 6-8 years which originally came from a high school cafeteria cookbook. It was tough trying to get this recipe, then after I got it, it was for 350 servings ! It's now scaled down to 4 dozen, but they don't last long...maybe 350 cookies IS the way to go ! ETA: Reviewers have added an extra cup of flour to the mix with success. I still make them as originally posted.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix margarine and sugar in a large bowl.
  2. Add oil and vanilla, mix.
  3. Add eggs and mix.
  4. Add flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt, mixing all together.
  5. Let chill for a couple hours or overnight.
  6. Scoop dough into tablespoon balls using a scoop.
  7. Roll in powdered sugar.
  8. Place on greased pan.
  9. Bake at 350° for 11-12 minutes.
  10. Let cool on rack.
  11. NOTES:.
  12. You can make the cookies without letting the dough cool, it's just a bit sticky to work with.
  13. I use a #40 cookie scoop which is about the size of a tablespoon.
  14. I spray my pans for the first batch, but don't do it after that.
  15. No need to flatten down the cookie, it will spread as it bakes.
  16. If using a convection oven, set your temperature at 335° and bake for 10-12 minutes.


Most Helpful

Fudge, chewy, moist... These cookies are excellent! I made similar recipes in the past but they weren't nearly as good as this recipe! The dough is very soft, even after chilling, but I scooped it up with a cookie scoop and rolled in a thick coating of powdered sugar. The cookies crackled beautifully and were a nice addition to the other cookies I made.

Ms. Poppy December 26, 2010

Great recipe, doubled it and they were gone instantly. I did add more flour as others suggested. ** found that if you heavily coat the cookies in powdered sugar, thats what helps the cracking, it "holds together" the dough, if that makes sense. I uploaded my own picture as well!

renee frye December 06, 2008

I recieved these from Kennasmommy in my oranment gift box swap. Our family really enjoyed these. I will be making them for my xmas exchange with our family. Thanks for a great recipe.**** Update 12/22/07 I wish I would of read the comments further down. My cookies spread out alot. Didn't look anything like what Kennasmommy sent me. But they do taste great. I will make again with the added extra flour. Thank you for a great recipe.

barefootmommawv December 21, 2007

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