Delicious chocolate cookies with a crackled coating of confectioners' sugar.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
15 mins
additional:
3 hrs
total:
3 hrs 35 mins
Servings:
48
Yield:
4 dozen
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Ingredients

48
Original recipe yields 48 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Melt the chocolate and shortening in a saucepan over low heat. Remove from heat and mix in sugar and vanilla. Beat in eggs 1 at a time. In a bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Stir in the chocolate mixture and nuts. Chill dough in the refrigerator 3 hours or overnight.

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.

  • Place confectioners' sugar in a bowl. Roll dough into 1 inch balls. Roll dough balls in confectioners' sugar to coat. Arrange 3 inches apart on the prepared cookie sheets.

  • Bake 12 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven. The cookies will look soft when removed from the oven. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

104 calories; protein 1.6g 3% DV; carbohydrates 15.2g 5% DV; fat 4.6g 7% DV; cholesterol 15.5mg 5% DV; sodium 32.9mg 1% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/12/2007
These were absolutely fantastic. I often substitute butter for shortening, but I didn't for this recipe, and I am very glad. I found them best after they had fully cooled. After about a day, the outside was crunchy and the inside was like a chewy brownie. The marbling of powdered sugar as the cookie expanded got lots of good reviews from my cookie eaters. These are also fun to make with kids, as rolling the dough balls leaves a chocolate film on the hands -- slightly messy, but enjoyable! This one is a keeper, but... follow the recipe! (you *must* chill the dough!) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
02/28/2007
WAY TOO DRY texture was like sawdust and not much flavor. Husband was not pleased. I was ashamed of these cookies and I consider myself a reasonably good baker. Will never make again! Read More
(9)
80 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 54
  • 4 star values: 17
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
01/12/2007
These were absolutely fantastic. I often substitute butter for shortening, but I didn't for this recipe, and I am very glad. I found them best after they had fully cooled. After about a day, the outside was crunchy and the inside was like a chewy brownie. The marbling of powdered sugar as the cookie expanded got lots of good reviews from my cookie eaters. These are also fun to make with kids, as rolling the dough balls leaves a chocolate film on the hands -- slightly messy, but enjoyable! This one is a keeper, but... follow the recipe! (you *must* chill the dough!) Read More
(65)
Rating: 5 stars
08/22/2008
This recipe is pretty tweakable. I used cocoa instead of chocolate and oil instead of shortening and it was still great. Im glad I ran across this. Definitely worth it. Read More
(42)
Rating: 5 stars
12/07/2008
I have been making these cookies since I was a child! We call them Chocolate Crinkles. Couldn't find my recipe (until after I found this one) and it's almost exactly the same. We substitute 1/2 C cocoa plus 4 Tblspn shortening for the chocolate squares and we don't add the baking powder. I tried that in there and made no difference to the cookies. Baking on Parchment is a MUST - so much easier! OMG try Dark Cocoa instead and WOW yummy dark chocolate cookies! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/18/2007
WONDERFUL! Made these for a party and they were the first to go (and there were lots of other cookies there!) I followed exact but added a bit more flour because some people mentioned they spread mine did not at all! The key to this recipe is to make sure your dough is COLD when rolling (chill at least 3 hours) and do not OVERCOOK. I only baked mine for 12 mins (and my cookies were big - I only got 3 doz out of this recipe) then allow to cool on the cookie sheet for 5-10 mins then remove to cooling rack until completely set. They may not look completely done when you take them out but if you overbake these they will be so dry and awful. And my kids had a ball rolling in the powdered sugar...so this is a keeper! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/02/2007
I've been making a similar cookie for years which I got off of a box of margarine. The only difference is that I use melted margarine instead of shortening and I omit the nuts. They are easy and fun to make and deliciously chewy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2012
Growing up we called these Chocolate Crinkles. I had an Aunt that made them for family gatherings. I am so happy I found this recipe. These are absolutely fabulous and taste just like I remember. Some of the reviews said that these were dry they won't be if you do not overcook them. Do not overcook these cookies they should be lightly crisp around the edges and soft and gooey inside. I timed them at exactly 7 minutes in my convection oven then let them set for 2 minutes on the cookie sheet before removing. I did not change a thing in the recipe!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2008
Delicious cookie and very attractive. I used butter instead of shortening as I avoid transfat. They spread quite a bit when you use butter and you MUST use either a silpat mat or parchment paper or you lose 10% of the cookie when you take it off the baking tray. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
02/28/2007
WAY TOO DRY texture was like sawdust and not much flavor. Husband was not pleased. I was ashamed of these cookies and I consider myself a reasonably good baker. Will never make again! Read More
(9)
Rating: 5 stars
03/08/2007
These cookies were awesome. They were not dry. I will make these again and again Read More
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