Tuesdays with Dorie: Midnight Crackles

January 4, 2011 at 12:18 am | Posted in cookies & bars, groups, sweet things, tuesdays with dorie | 23 Comments

midnight crackles

Is there a sweeter way to celebrate both the new year and the third anniversary of TWD than with chocolatey cookies?  These little, soft, dark and spicy Midnight Crackles were Laurie and Julie’s pick for TWD’s anniversary recipe.  Here I made the “Playing Around” Chocolate Gingerbread variation, which uses some ginger, allspice and coriander in addition to the cinnamon and cloves that already scent the “regular” dough.

Apart from arming yourself with a glass of milk when you eat these, my one piece of advice is to not chill the raw dough for too long before forming it into balls.  The chocolate in dough makes it very firm, very fast.  And the just-mixed dough is a lot like Play-Doh and is easy to work with.  Bake them on the short end of the time recommendation and they are kind of brownie-like inside.  I made just half a batch, but it yielded a heap of cookies, so I have a stash of unbaked dough balls in my freezer– ready for when the midnight munchies strike.

For the recipe, see Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan or read the TWD blog.  Don’t forget to check out the TWD Blogroll!

P.S.: On Dorie’s blog, she has an idea for using this same dough to make roll-out cookies.  Take a look!


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  1. Mmmm, these cookies look fantastic! Love gingerbread cookies this time of year – they just feel so “right” in the winter! 🙂

  2. Love the way your crackles look!

  3. Mine didn’t crackle as much, but I don’t think I mooshed them down quite enough. I like how yours turned out!

  4. I made crackles for the first time this year. Yours look wonderful- and chocolaty! 🙂

  5. I’m going to take your advice and bake them a little less next time. I’ve got a bunch of dough in the freezer as well.

  6. I scooped mine out, then refrigerated them.

    Your cookies are lovely.

  7. Yours look perfect! Great crackles. This dough was odd for me, was a texture I wasnt quite about. But, the cookies came out okay.

  8. Great picture! I’ll have to check out Dorie’s blog for the roll out version. Happy New Year!

  9. yum!!

  10. I made half of a batch too..very good cookies! I will make these again! Yours look perfect!

  11. Looking good! I’ve got to try this version – I’m sure it takes the regular ones over the top! 🙂

  12. Gingerbread sounds amazing!! I totally wish I had done that, but I had to search for the recipe online b/c I forgot to copy the recipe before I left on vacation! Next time!

  13. Oh these looks so soft and yummy!!

  14. I love the combo of spice and chocolate…I can just imagine how they taste dripping with ice cold milk.

  15. They look great! So fudgey!

  16. dark and delicious. looking good! happy 2011 and looking fwd to much baking ahead 🙂

  17. 3 years…happy anniversary to all of us!! Your cookies look great…and very chocolatey! Happy New Year to you as well and I hope 2011 has many good things in store for you!

  18. I totally agree..these were great. Happy Anniversary to all of us!

  19. Yeah, my dough was really hard to work with. Next time will not chill so long. They were tasty. Bet they were good with the ginger.

  20. Yum, chunky cookies are the best. Love the spicy flavours, would have mine with a cup of tea I think.

  21. these look absolutely delicious!! thanks for the recipe! definitely the next thing ill bake!

  22. Well, those look perfect. Mine were hard to work with because I left the dough too long in the chiller. But tasty.

  23. Hmmmm – they look super super delish – again, said by the girl who is in denial about liking chocolate.

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