Double Chocolate Crackle Cookies

These Double Chocolate Crackle Cookies are slightly crunchy around the edges and soft and chocolate-y in the center. Better yet, the fact that there’s just a few ingredients (starting with a cake mix!) means they’re a cinch to make!

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Everyone has that cookie recipe that is their go-to favorite. For my dad, it’s 100% these chocolate crackle cookies!

My dad is a pretty cool guy and I suppose I’m bias, but he’s the best dad out there. I’ve always admired his hard work-ethic, the way he loves on his grandkids, his goofy jokes and his big bear hugs. He’s the kind of dad I want my kiddos to grow up with…Zach’s got some big shoes to fill (and I will say, he’s doing a darn good job so far! :))

Dad and I have a lot in common. We’re both passionate about agriculture. We both love breaking it down on the dance floor. We’re both stubborn and hold grudges longer than we should. We both love a good four-wheeler ride in the mountains. And we both put God and our family above all else.

However, there are a few things Dad and I will always disagree on. First off, our music preferences….wooooofta! When we were little, he made up this rule that “whoever’s driving gets to choose the radio station.” I still think he played some of those oldies to see how quickly he could get an eye-roll from the kids in the back seat!

And another thing we’ll never see eye-to-eye on…..baked goods. Dad just isn’t a big sweets guy. I’m the complete opposite with a raging sweet tooth…..if you haven’t figured that out yet! 😉 However, as much as dad says he’s “not a sweets guy,” these Chocolate Crackle Cookies are one thing he just can’t turn down!

What do I need to make Double Chocolate Crackle Cookies?

One thing I love about these cookies is how few ingredients there are – most of which you probably already have in your pantry!

One box of Devils Food Cake Mix – Ohhhh the beauty of a cake mix with its ease and versatility! Devils Food Cake Mix gives these cookies the perfect texture and ideal amount of chocolate.

Eggs, Shortening and Water – These three ingredients will help bring the cookie dough to the correct consistency. The egg keep the cookie from being really crumbly and the shortening help to give the baked cookies their signature texture.

Chocolate Chips – Although chocolate chips aren’t in the recipe I grew up with, I love the gooey, melty pockets of chocolate in these cookies! I really like using mini chips as they disperse so well and you’re almost guaranteed to have one in each bite! However, regular sized chocolate chips work great, too!

Powdered Sugar – Once the cookie dough has been rolled into balls, the next step is rolling them in powdered sugar. This helps give the cookies the “crackle” look on top – so pretty and so tasty!!

Should I use parchment paper to line the baking sheets?

I would recommend either greasing the pan with cooking spray, using parchment paper or silicon baking mats. If you have parchment paper or baking mats, I’d highly recommend going that route as it’ll help keep the cookies from sticking to the pan.

Can I use different flavors of cake mix?

Devils food cake is definitely the classic in our family! However, really any cake mix flavor would work fine. Here are a couple options that would be really delicious!

  • LEMON CRACKLE COOKIES – Use a lemon cake mix, lemon juice (instead of water) and skip the chocolate chips.
  • WHITE CHOCOLATE STRAWBERRY CRACKLE COOKIES – Use a strawberry cake mix and use white chocolate chips.
  • SPICED CRACKLE COOKIES – Use a spice cake mix and cinnamon chips.

Use your imagination…..the options truly are endless!!

Some of my other favorite chocolate recipes….

Chocolate Cobbler is easily one of my favorite desserts. It’s quick, easy and is sooooo decadent and chocolatey!

Homemade Chocolate Layer Cake is always my go-to chocolate cake recipe. Try it once and you’ll see why!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Texas Sheet Cake is a twist on a chocolate-y classic. The chocolate and peanut butter combination is always delicious, but especially good in this recipe!

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Double Chocolate Crackle Cookies

These cookies have a slightly crunchy edges and are moist & chocolatey inside. The fact that there's just a few ingredients (starting with a cake mix!) means they're a cinch to make!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 30 cookies


  • Oven


  • 1 box Devil's food cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1/2 c shortening (Crisco)
  • 1 c mini chocolate chips (regular size works too)
  • powdered sugar


  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Stir together cake mix, eggs, water and shortening until well blended. Stir in the chocolate chips.*
  • Shape the dough into 1 – 1 1/2 inch balls. Roll in powdered sugar and place 1 1/2 inches apart on a greased baking sheet (or on a parchment or Silpat-lined baking sheet).
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes. (The cracks might still look a bit wiggly, but they'll firm up when they cool.)
  • Remove cookies to a cooling rack.


*I like to use mini chocolate chips because you are sure to get some in each bite!  However, regular sized chocolate chips work great, too!
Keyword chocolate, cookies

Recipe added to the Weekend Potluck and Meal Plan Monday.

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