Chocolate Crackles

Sometimes you want to just knock out some chocolate-y goodness, amiright?   These cookies are great because they’re extremely easy to make and, if you’re even a semi-regular baker or cook, you probably have all the ingredients at home already, so you don’t even have to go shopping.

Plus – and to me this is a HUGE bonus – you only have to use one bowl.   Yup, this is one of those cookies where, essentially, you dump everything into a bowl, mix, and plop the dough on a baking sheet.   You don’t even need to take out the hand mixer – you can do everything with a wooden spoon and a little elbow grease.  I love those.

I like these because of course they taste amazing, but also because I think they look kind of cool.   To me, it looks like you actually spent time “designing” them.  You didn’t.   It’s just how they cook up.   But by all means take credit even if, in this case, credit may not really be due.

Ingredients

·        1 lb. powdered sugar (usually that’s just a bag)

·        ¾ cup sweetened cocoa powder

·        ½ t salt

·        4 egg whites

·        2 T vanilla

·        1 ½ cups semisweet chocolate chips 

Directions

Whisk together the sugar, cocoa and salt.  Next, add in the egg whites and the vanilla and mix that with your wooden spoon until everything is smooth.  Finally, add the chocolate chips and fold them in until they’re just mixed.  That, literally, is all the mixing you have to do here.

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Let the dough sit for about 5-10 minutes to set a bit.   Once that’s done, drop tablespoons of the dough on to cookie sheets lines with parchment paper.   Note – these will spread a LOT, so I think at most you’re going to get about 6 to a sheet, like this:

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Bake them at 350 for about 15 minutes, or until the tops have all crackled.  Let them set on the cookie sheet for at least 5 minutes to set (if you don’t they will just fall apart)

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See? I told you if you don’t let them sit they’ll fall apart….

then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.

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