Prep 2 hrs 20 mins
Cook 12 mins
These fudgy, rich, and oh so yummy cookies have a powdered sugar coating that cracks upon baking. That's why they're named earthquakes! Prep time includes refrigerating time. They freeze very well. Enjoy! :o)
- 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate (4 squares)
- 4 eggs
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- Melt chocolate and butter over low heat in a heavy saucepan until chocolate is almost melted, stirring frequently.
- Remove from heat and let chocolate finish melting, then cool.
- In a large bowl, whisk eggs until well beaten.
- Whisk in sugar, vanilla, and melted chocolate mixture.
- Add flour, baking powder and salt, and whisk until smooth.
- Chill the mixture until firm, at least 2 hours, and up to 24 hours.
- When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Lightly butter one or two baking sheets.
- Place powdered sugar in a small bowl.
- Using about a teaspoon of the cookie dough, roll it between your palms to shape into a ball.
- Roll the ball in powdered sugar to coat, then place on baking sheet, you should be able to get a dozen on a sheet.
- Bake for 12 minutes, switching placement of baking sheets at half point if you are baking 2 sheets at once.
- Cool slightly before removing to wire rack to finish cooling.