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.
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.
Mom’s Chocolate Crackle Cookies
1 box cake mix [Devils Food or other amazing chocolate mix]
½ cup oil
Pre-heat oven to 350°
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.
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.
Note: My Mom used to make these around Christmas and she would color white cake mix red and green. Cute! My fiancé is not as discerning about time of year!