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Christmas crackle cookies

Christmas crackle cookies

A classic snowy cookie. This dough needs chilling before it can be rolled.  

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  • Makes24
  • CourseCake
  • Prepare15 mins
  • Cook25 mins
  • Total time40 mins
  • Pluscooling and chilling

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  • 2 British Blacktail Free Range Large Eggs
  • 170g granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 70g unsalted butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
  • 150g self-raising flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 50g cocoa powder
  • 50g dark chocolate chips
  • 50g icing sugar


  1. Whisk the eggs with the sugar and vanilla until thickened. Mix in the melted butter.

  2. Sift the flour, salt and cocoa powder into a mixing bowl, add the chocolate chips and make a well in the centre. Gradually pour the egg mixture into the middle, incorporating the wet ingredients with the dry as you go. Cover the bowl and chill for 1 hour.

  3. Preheat the oven to 180ºC, gas mark 4. Line a baking tray with baking parchment. Put the icing sugar in a shallow bowl. Divide the cookie dough into walnut-sized pieces and roll into balls. Drop each into the icing sugar and coat generously. Do not tap off the excess.

  4. Put as many balls as you can on the prepared baking tray, making sure to give each one a little space to spread. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until spread slightly and crackled on top. Remove, transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool while you repeat the process with the remaining dough. Leave to cool completely. They will keep for 4 days in an airtight container.

Cook’s tip

You can make the balls and coat in icing sugar, then freeze for up to 1 month. When ready to bake, cook from frozen for 12 minutes.



Typical values per item when made using specific products in recipe


330kJ/ 79kcals



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