Chocolate Crackles have been a family favorite at Christmas. For some reason we never made them during other parts of the year and I'm not sure why because they are awesome. Growing up they were always my favorite Christmas cookie and once Kevin tried them they were instantly one of his favorites too. Just for the record, I do make these cookies during other parts of the year.
Last year I did a taste test of three different Chocolate Crackle recipes: the original (found below), and two that did not use a cake mix. The original was the clear winner. I'm still on the hunt for a good alternative that doesn't use a cake mix, but for now and anytime I need something quick, I'm sure I'll turn to this family favorite.
This recipe is easy to adapt by adding a package of flavored chips such as mint chips for Chocolate Mint Cookies and peanut butter chips would be nice too.
Adapted from my Gram's recipe
Yield: about 3 dozen
1 package Devil's Food cake mix
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 cup shortening OR vegetable oil
Preheat oven to 375. Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Mix with a spoon until well blended. Shape dough into 1-inch balls and roll into confectioners' sugar. Place dough balls on baking sheets. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Make sure you don't over bake them, you're looking for a moist, almost fudgy texture in the middle.