Snowy chocolate crackle biscuits served in a decorative box

Snowy chocolate crackle biscuits

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Prep: 30 mins Cook: 45 mins plus 1 hour chilling

Easy

Makes 45-50

Roll balls of dough in icing sugar to give these chocolate biscuits their ‘crackle’ effect. They make perfect presents for kids to make at Christmas time

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: Per serving (50)

  • kcal92
  • fat4g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs12g
  • sugars9g
  • fibre1g
  • protein1g
  • salt0.06g
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Ingredients

  • 200g dark chocolate, chopped
    Dark chocolate soup pots with double cream in spoons

    Dark chocolate

    dahk chok-o-let

    Dark chocolate means the shiny, dark-reddish brown treat produced from the cacao bean, theobroma…

  • 125g unsalted butter, softened
  • 300g soft light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
    Eggs

    Egg

    egg

    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • 150g plain flour
  • 60g cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking powder
    Baking powder

    Baking powder

    bay-king pow-dah

    Baking powder is a raising agent that is commonly used in cake-making. It is made from an alkali…

  • 2-3 tbsp milk

    Milk

    mill-k

    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

  • 100g icing sugar

Method

  1. Melt the chocolate in a bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water (make sure the base doesn’t touch the water), or in a microwave in short bursts. Set aside to cool.

  2. Beat the butter and sugar using electric beaters, then beat in the eggs, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and chocolate. Pour in the milk to make a soft dough, but don’t overmix it. Cover and chill for 1 hr. 

  3. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Line one or two baking sheets with parchment. Put the icing sugar in a bowl. Scoop heaped tablespoons of dough and roll each ball in your hands before dropping it into the icing sugar and rolling it around. Put on baking sheets and repeat, spacing the balls apart.

  4. Bake for about 12-15 mins until the biscuits feel firm when touched. The biscuits should puff up and cracks should open up, too. Leave to cool on the trays, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Will keep for up to a week in an airtight container.

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melanie_gallagher
22nd Dec, 2018
5.05
Made about 30 biscuits and cooked for about 22 mins- bigger biscuits than the recipe suggests but the bigger ones were lovely and chewy inside and crispy on the outside!
Ellfox
20th Dec, 2018
4.05
Easy recipe to follow, the cookies were lovely - crunchy on the outside & chewy on the inside. Icing sugar needs to be thickly coated otherwise it blends into the cookie.
kirstipaisley
18th Dec, 2018
4.05
Simple to make and tasty. Needed to put a mound of icing sugar on top, as well as rolling it in icing sugar, to get a good snowy effect though.
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