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These Chocolate Crackle Cookies are made from Devil’s Food cake mix! Simple, fast and made in one bowl. They are chewy and richly chocolatey.

BONUS for the annual 12 Days of Christmas Cookies 2021!

I am one of those “cooking purists” who feels like using cake mixes in baked goods or onion soup in savory dishes is “cheating”. Not that I judge other people – only myself. But sometimes ones sanity is barely hanging on by a thread and cheating is not only condoned but also required. This is one of those times. My fiancé has been requesting Chocolate Crackle Cookies for days now and I have been struggling between making them using cake mix and making them from scratch.

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My Mom always made them from a cake mix and they were darn good. I don’t know why I have been so stubborn. Honestly, Lindsey! It’s like I’m a Taurus or something… Everyone needs several reliable kitchen cheats in their arsenal. These Chocolate Crackle Cookies are a must!

One day I will make them from scratch and compare the results but, for now, my pre-wedding sanity demands a short cut! There are four ingredients. Four. Including powdered sugar. Waiting for them to cool enough to eat is the most time consuming part.

Today I bring you my Mom’s Chocolate Crackle Cookies. Patience is optional. Super chocolaty taste and powdered sugar mustache are not!

12 Days of Christmas Cookies 2021!

Day 12 of the annual 12 Days of Christmas Cookies 2021 were Old Fashioned Gingersnaps!

Mmmmm, No Bake Speculoos Rum Balls were Day 11 of 2021’s 12 Days of Christmas Cookies.

Cant get over my SUCCESSFUL Day 10 Old Fashioned Fudge.

These stunning Homemade Speculoos Cookies were Day 9!

Day 8 (a new personal fave) was Double Chocolate Biscotti!

Day 7 (Part 2) of the annual 12 Days of Christmas Cookies 2021 were Cinnamon Almond Bars!

Traditional Raspberry Linzer Cookies were Day 7 (Part 1) of 12 Days of Christmas Cookies 2021!

These Cardamom Crescent Cookies were Day 6!

We adored Part 2 of Day 5: the traditional Pfeffernüsse Cookies!

Part 1 of Day 5 was the wondrous: Moravian Christmas Cookie!

We all loved Day 4 of the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies: Orange Financiers!

Day 3 of the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies: Pistachio Cranberry Sablee Cookies!

We had Day 2 of the 12 Day Christmas Cookie celebration: Cashew Caramel Pretzel Blondies!

Don’t forget about Part One of Day 2 of the 12 Day Cookie Extravaganza: Hungarian Walnut Rolls!

And who could leave out Day 1, Italian Pizzelles!? Make them all!

Chocolate Crackle Cookie with powdered sugar on black surface Easy Chocolate Desserts.
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Chocolate Crackle Cookies

These Chocolate Crackle Cookies are made from Devil’s Food cake mix! Simple, fast and made in one bowl. They are chewy and richly chocolatey.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 7 minutes
Total: 17 minutes
Servings: 24 Cookies



  • Pre-heat oven to 350°F
  • Mix first three ingredients together until few lumps remain. Batter will continue to thicken as it sits. Not that it matters.
  • Drop tablespoon sized balls into powdered sugar and generously coat.
  • I mean generously. I’ve done this step wrong. It resulted in plain old chocolate cookies. Seriously not okay. Cake it on.
  • Place on cookie sheet 2 inches apart.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes in pre-heated oven. 8 minutes if you want them under baked (let them cool!!!) or 10 minutes if you want them soft but more cakey.



Calories: 124kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 154mg | Potassium: 64mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 20IU | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Calories: 124
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