Fudgy Cracked Chocolate Cookies (aka Snowball Cookies) make not only a beautiful Christmas cookie, but one of the best as well! Super chocolatey and dense, with little bites of chocolate chips inside. Plus, you can’t get more beautiful than the crinkled surface created as it bakes.
What are cracked chocolate cookies?
Think of them as the best little brownie bites you’ve ever had! They have bits of chocolate chips in them as well, plus each dough ball is rolled in powdered sugar before they bake, which is what creates the crackled and crinkled tops. Some people also know these as snowball cookies and they are a very popular Christmas cookie.
The key to these is not to over-bake them! You want fudgy…not dry and crumbly. You want them just start to set, then pull them out. As they cool, they will firm up perfectly. Many an amazing cookie has been ruined by over-baking. Don’t let these gems fall victim to such a crime.
If you need a recipe to get your kids involved in, this one is it! They love rolling each ball into the powdered sugar….and licking their fingers in between 🙂 I think that is what they call adding “love” to a recipe!
You could get creative with the base recipe here and personalize it however you feel would be best. Feel free to add nuts, dried fruit, or different flavored chips like white chocolate, butterscotch, peanut butter, or mint. I’ve also tried these with toffee pieces and they were fabulous!
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These dark and rich chocolate cookies are like brownies in cookie form! The crinkles come from rolling the dough in powdered sugar before baking them.
6 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
1/4 C plus 2 Tb unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 C sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 C flour
2 Tb cocoa powder
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 C semisweet chocolate chips
powdered sugar, for rolling
Melt chocolate and butter in microwave for 1 minute and stir well. If needed, microwave for 20 more seconds. Set aside to cool slightly.
In a large bowl, beat together sugar and eggs for several minutes until thick and smooth. Mix in vanilla and melted chocolate to combine. Add all the dry ingredients, including the chocolate chips and mix until combined. Cover dough and refrigerate about 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Using a small 1 1/2″ cookie scoop, make the balls of dough and drop into a bowl of powdered sugar. Roll around until completely covered in sugar. Bake for 8-10 minutes until they just begin to firm.
- Serving Size: 1 cookies
- Calories: 137
- Sugar: 12 g
- Sodium: 25 mg
- Fat: 7 g
- Saturated Fat: 4 g
- Unsaturated Fat: 1 g
- Trans Fat: 0 g
- Carbohydrates: 19 g
- Fiber: 1 g
- Protein: 2 g
- Cholesterol: 18 mg
Keywords: easy cookie recipe, chocolate cookies, Christmas cookies