Chocolate Crackles

Chocolate Crackles |My Kitchen AddictionsWhen I headed to the kitchen this year to prepare my first Christmas cookie of the season, this is the first recipe I went for.  I make these Chocolate Crackles every Christmas because it’s a tradition and because our family loves them so much. Chocolate Crackles | My Kitchen AddictionsThis cookie recipe starts with a cake mix and ends with powdered sugar.   Chocolate Crackles | My Kitchen AddictionsCookies should be soft when you remove them from the oven.  It’s important that you cool them on a cookie rack for at least 5 minutes.  Store these cookies in a tight-sealed container and put wax paper between the layers to protect the powdered sugar-coating.

Chocolate Crackles
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Cookie
Serves: makes 3 dozen
  • 1 (18 ounce) pk. devils food cake mix
  • 2 eggs, stiffly beaten (approx. 5 minutes)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • ½ cup solid vegetable shortening
  • 2 cups pecans, chopped
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  1. Beat eggs for a least 5 minutes or until stiff.
  2. Add cake mix, eggs, vanilla, shortening and water.
  3. Beat on low until mixture comes together. Batter will be very stiff.
  4. Stir in pecans.
  5. Shape dough into 1" balls.
  6. Roll in powdered sugar and place 1½ inches apart on a greased cookie sheet or cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 12 minutes.
  8. Cookies should have a crisp bottom and soft center.
  9. Cool cookies on a cooling rack for at least 5 minutes.
  10. Store in a container with a tight lid, separating layers with wax paper.