Chocolate Coffee Crackles

I’ve always thought these looked sort of fancy, with the way the dough cracks and separates while they cook.  To me, it looks like you put a lot more work into them than you actually did, and I am all for that.

I remember years ago there was a Rice Krispies commercial where a mom made Rice Krispies treats, which looked faaar more uniform than any I ever made.  Anyway, she piles them nicely on a serving dish (no one ever does that with Rice Krispies treats, by the way), and just before she takes them into the living room to serve her family, she throws a handful of flour in her own face, to show how hard she worked on them.

Now, I don’t know how or why she’d get a facefull of flour while baking anything.  And even though we all know that Rice Krispies treats are super simple to make, apparently her family is, well, let’s just call them dumb.

Aside from the sexism and mom’s desperate need for validation, I can relate to her.  Ok, maybe not despite the desperate need for validation.

These cookies are like the treats in that commercial – they look a lot harder than they really are.

Feel free to throw some flour in your face before you serve them, just to make a point.  But don’t be surprised if your family just tells you to get a towel.


·        4 eggs, brought to room temperature

·        1/4 t salt

·        1 cup sugar

·        1 cup dark brown sugar

·        2 t vanilla

·        5 oz unsweetened chocolate, broken into pieces

·        1/2 cup butter

·        1 1/2 t instant coffee granules

·        2 cups flour

·        2 t baking powder

·        1/2 cup powdered sugar


In a bowl, put the eggs and salt, and mix with your hand mixer.  Add in the sugar, brown sugar and vanilla and mix again until well blended.  Set the bowl aside.IMG_1405

Chop or break up the chocolate into smaller pieces (we’re going to melt it and this will make it easier).  In a small saucepan put the chocolate and butter and heat it on low, stirring regularly, until the chocolate melts.  Remove the pan from the heat, add in the coffee granules and continue stirring until they have completely dissolved.

Pour the chocolate mixture into the bowl with the egg mixture, mixing on low until everything is well blended.


In a separate, smaller bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder.  Take that and slowly add it to your main batter, mixing all the way.

IMG_1409Cover the bowl and chill it overnight (actually, you only need to do it for 3-4 hours, but if you have a day job breaking the process into two parts is a lot easier).

When you’re ready to bake, line a couple baking sheets with parchment paper.  Take out the chilled dough and roll it into balls about 1 inch in size.

Take the powdered sugar and put that in a small bowl.  Roll each ball in the powdered sugar so that each is fully covered.

IMG_1411Place the balls on the baking sheets a couple inches apart and bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes.

IMG_1413The tops will crack but the cookies themselves will still be a bit soft.


Cool them on the baking sheet for a couple minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.


3 thoughts on “Chocolate Coffee Crackles

  1. These look delicious! And they are not “ugly” haha


    1. Thank you! And attractive cookies are pretty much by accident. 🙂

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