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A variegated pattern of deep dark chocolate and pure white powdered sugar makes these crinkly cookies a striking study in contrast. Roll balls of the rich dough first in granulated sugar, then in confectioners' sugar. The first layer ensures that the second one retains its snowy white appearance.

Provided by Martha Stewart

Categories     Food & Cooking     Dessert & Treats Recipes     Cookie Recipes

Yield Makes 5 dozen

Number Of Ingredients 12

8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups packed light-brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup whole milk
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup confectioners' sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water, stirring. Set aside, and let cool. Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl; set aside.
  • Mix butter and brown sugar on medium speed until pale and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Mix in eggs and vanilla, and then the melted chocolate. Reduce speed to low; mix in flour mixture in 2 batches, alternating with the milk. Divide dough into 4 equal pieces. Wrap each in plastic; refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours.
  • Divide each piece into 16 (1-inch) balls. Roll in granulated sugar to coat, then in confectioners' sugar to coat. Space 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake until surfaces crack, about 14 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks. Cookies can be stored between layers of parchment in airtight containers up to 3 days.

Alfie Hadley
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I'm not a big fan of chocolate cookies, but these were surprisingly good.

morgan christian
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These cookies are perfect for a quick and easy dessert.

Gauthier Dawens
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I love the chocolate flavor of these cookies, but I wish they were a bit crunchier.

Mya Givan
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These cookies are a bit too chewy for my taste.

Jehanzeb Ansari
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I love the way these cookies crinkle when they bake.

Lucas Theodorou
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I've never made crackle cookies before, but these were surprisingly easy to make.

Tangie Jones
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These cookies are a bit too dense for my taste.

Inathi Inako
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I love the combination of chocolate and nuts in these cookies.

Shad Ahmed
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These cookies are a bit too crumbly for my taste.

Nelson Usoh
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I'm not a big fan of chocolate, but I still enjoyed these cookies.

Jovonni McCahill
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These cookies are perfect for a holiday party.

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I didn't have any chocolate chips, so I used butterscotch chips instead. They were still delicious.

Rajab Singh
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These cookies are a bit too sweet for my taste.

Mayssa Salama
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I love the chewy texture of these cookies.

Monique Dajaap
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These cookies are a bit time-consuming to make, but they are definitely worth it.

Hamza Nawab
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I've made these cookies several times and they always turn out perfectly.

Curtis Sterling
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These cookies are a great way to use up leftover chocolate chips.

Tristenn Brown
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I love the chocolate flavor of these cookies and the crackle topping is a nice touch.

Thevan Nethsara
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These cookies are so easy to make and they are always a hit with my family and friends.

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