Chocolate Crackle Tops


IMG_20150727_173248[1] 28/07/2015

Can’t decide between a brownie, a cookie and a cake? Make these! They’re a combination of the three. A real chocolate hit in a little ball of rich cakey goodness.

The chocolate mix is rolled into balls then coated in icing sugar before baking which produces a contrasting crackle across the surface of each cookie as they bake and the sweetness of the sugar is lovely with the bitter chocolate.

Makes 32 (approx)


  • 200g plain chocolate, 85% cocoa, chopped
  • 90g unsalted butter
  • 115g caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 215g plain flour
  • 25g unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 100g icing sugar, for coating


  1. In a medium saucepan over a low heat, melt the chocolate and butter together until smooth, stirring frequently.
  2. Remove from the heat. Stir in the sugar and continue stirring for 2-3 minutes until the sugar dissolves. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition and stir in the vanilla.
  3. Into a bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Gradually stir into the chocolate mixture in batches until just blended.
  4. Cover the dough and refrigerate for at least 1 hour until the dough is cold and holds its shape.
  5. Preheat the oven to 160C. Grease 2 or more large baking sheets. Place the icing sugar in a small, deep Using a round teaspoon, scoop cold dough into small balls and, between the palms of your hands, roll into 1 ½ inch balls.
  6. Drop each ball into the icing sugar and roll until heavily coated. Remove with a slotted spoon and tap against the side of the bowl to remove excess sugar. Place on the prepared baking sheets 1 ½ inches apart.
  7. Bake the cookies for 10-15 minutes until they feel slightly firm when touched. Remove and allow to cool for a couple of minutes then transfer to a wire rack with a palette knife to cool completely.

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These are best on the day of making but freeze well if you manage not to eat them all at once.


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