Chocolate Cherry Crackles

Chocolate Crackle Cookies |

Chocolate Crackles were always included on the plates of Christmas cookies my mom put together every year for her friends, coworkers, and relatives. I’ve always loved their crackled appearance and chewy texture so I like to continue the tradition and include them on my Christmas cookie plates as well. But this year I decided to change up the plain chocolate cookie recipe a bit by adding chopped dried tart cherries and extra chocolate chips to the dough.

Chocolate Crackle Cookies on Baking Sheet |

If you’re not one to mess with tradition, you can easily leave the cherries and extra chocolate chips out of the recipe and they will be a traditional chocolate crackle (also sometimes known as chocolate crinkle). The recipe was passed down from my mom but I’m not sure of the original source. It’s a very popular cookie around these parts and I’ve seen the identical recipe in local community cookbooks as well as online.

Chocolate Crackle Cookies on cooling rack |

I baked a few batches of these cookies a bit early this year in order to participate in the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap, a fun blogging event where food bloggers get paired up with other food bloggers and send and receive fresh-baked cookies through the mail. I mailed out a dozen cookies to three different people and then received cookies from three others. It was a fun and delicious way to participate in the food blogging community. Another great thing about the food blogger cookie swap is that it raises money for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, a national non-profit organization committed to funding new therapies used in the fight against pediatric cancer, which claims the lives of more children in the US than any other disease.

Chocolate Crackle Cookies on cooling rack |

Yields about 3 dozen cookies

Chocolate Cherry Crackles
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1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 cup packed light brown sugar

1/3 cup vegetable oil

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup chopped dried tart cherries

1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Powdered sugar to coat cookies


Melt one cup chocolate chips in microwave or double boiler and let cool slightly.

Combine melted chocolate with brown sugar and oil in a mixing bowl and beat until combined with a hand mixer or stand mixer. Beat in eggs then vanilla.

In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Slowly beat flour mixture into the chocolate mixture until just combined. Stir in cherries and chocolate chips. Cover bowl and chill dough in refrigerator for about 45 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

To make cookies, drop a tablespoonful of dough into a bowl of powdered sugar and roll to coat. Place on cookie sheet lined with parchment or a silicone baking mat.

Bake cookies for 10-11 minutes.

Let cool on baking sheet for a few minutes then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.


The cherries and extra chocolate chips are optional. You could also use regular chocolate chips instead of mini chocolate chips as a stir-in. Cranberries would work in place of tart cherries. Dough can be refrigerated for longer than 45 minutes if necessary - if it's too hard to scoop easily, just let it sit at room temperature until it’s easier to work with. A cookie scoop is really useful for making cookies that are uniform in size.

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  1. Mimi

    These are beautiful! I love the addition of the dried cherries!

    5:01 am  Dec 20th, 2015
  2. Cherie TravelFoodFun

    I liked how you mixed them up a bit with the dried cherries. I need to try this.

    7:04 pm  Dec 20th, 2015
  3. Jessie Sheehan

    Thanks so much for including my cookie recipe in your list of “Christmas cookies around the web!”

    12:00 pm  Dec 22nd, 2015
  4. Barcelona Cooking classes

    These are beautiful, thank you for the recipe!!

    12:23 am  Mar 5th, 2016
  5. Shantanu Sinha


    They look adorable.
    Crispy and delicious cookie to enjoy.
    Thank you for sharing.

    Shantanu sinha

    3:41 am  Mar 7th, 2016
  6. paul

    Very impressive, why don’t we try half a cup of sugar.

    2:16 am  Jun 8th, 2016
  7. Titanium Jewelry

    Great post, I am inspired, thanks for your sharing, love chocolate cherries.

    6:53 am  Jun 25th, 2016
  8. ndemi

    The recipe name alone has made me salivate

    4:43 am  Jul 1st, 2016
  9. Somiya

    Yeah me too love the dried cherries. Awesome recipe. Thanks for sharing.

    4:42 am  Aug 27th, 2016
  10. Amit

    Awesome Crackles . I Simply Love them . Thank you for this Wonderful Recipe.

    6:23 am  Aug 28th, 2016
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