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Monday, December 20, 2021

Chocolate Crackles


Today I'm sharing a very old family favorite recipe from my Farm Journal Christmas Cookbook.  It's so easy, if you need a quick one.

I bought this cookbook from Lazarus department store back in 1973, before any of my children were born. Yes, I've loved cookbooks forever.  The tea set was from my youngest son, when he was just a little guy.  The poinsettia plate was painted by my Great Aunt Kitty, dated 1969.  The beautiful angel on my sofa is from a dear friend, who has passed away. 

My Goebel angel and Jesus is from my dear Dad, from 1979.  Sometimes I'm good about writing on the bottom of things; sometimes, I'm not!


Isn't the saucer to this teacup, so pretty and old fashioned looking?


The teacup is Gracie Bone China, and looks so vintage.



Yield: 3-4 dozen, depending on how big you make them
Author: Kitty, but from my Farm Journal Christmas Cookbook
Chocolate Crackles

Chocolate Crackles

Even though I've tried chocolate crackles from scratch, my family still prefers this recipe, and it's so easy! This recipe is a favorite of my sons and grandsons.

Ingredients

  • 1- 18.25 ounce box of devil's food cake mix (see note)
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • Confectioners sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease your cookie sheets.
  2. Combine cake mix, eggs, water, and shortening. I mix this with my mixer until everything is blended.
  3. Shape dough into balls the size of small walnuts (I make mine large walnuts, and only get 36 cookies!)
  4. Roll the balls in confectioners sugar.
  5. Place on greased baking sheets, leaving space between the cookies to spread a little. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 8-10 minutes.

Notes:

Since cake mixes have cut down in size, I keep some extra boxes in my pantry, to add the difference to equal an additional 3 ounces that is needed. I weighed out the 3 ounces and it makes a heaping 1/2 cup of cake mix, or a 1/2 cup if it's packed down and leveled off.

Thank  you for your visit, and Merry Christmas to you!  xo




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24 comments:

  1. These sound so simple to make! Pinned.

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  2. So, so many gorgeous pretties you have showcased today, Kitty. So, so many beautiful memories, I imagine, swirl around each piece. The teacup definitely has a vintage look about it and as for the sweet angel and baby Jesus, so touching. As for your chocolate crackles...anything with chocolate in it has to be delicious....right?? May you enjoy a beautiful Christmas surrounded by your lovely family, dear Kitty.♡

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  3. Kitty, Your Christmas Crackles look yummy and so easy too! I love seeing your sweet Christmas pieces and the memories associated with them. I’ve never met a Gracie Bone China teacup I didn’t love. :) Wishing you a Merry Christmas week. ♥

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  4. I've made those cookies and can attest they are good. But what I really love is seeing and reading about all your vintage goodness! Love this, Kitty. I hope your Christmss is filled with past memories and new ones to be made. xo

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  5. Oh how I love cake mix cookies...what a lovely cookie! All your pretties are so special too. May you have wonderful memory making times with your family this week. Hugs to you dear friend!

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  6. Makes a pretty and tasty cookie!

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  7. I will try this recipe because I love these cookies, but I've never made them with the cake mix before. I'm pinning it, Thanks os much!

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  8. I love how you decorated the coffee table. Those cookies look so good and such an easy recipe! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year Kitty.

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  9. I love the sentimental connections behind the items in this week's vignette.

    I'm also a fan of the Gracie Bone China's vintage Christmas design. So pretty!

    Merry Christmas, Kitty!

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  10. Oh Kitty, I do love your Gracie Bone china! GIRL! What a treasure! I have made those cookies many times from cake mix. All flavors. They always turn out great. Merry Christmas to you dear Kitty. You are surely dear to my heart. Hugs and blessings Cindy

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  11. This is such a lovely setting for your tea Kitty. So many special treasures. I love the vintage pattern on the saucer and the teacup set looks so pretty with the gift from your little guy. The angel is so special too, I'm sure you treasure it along with your Goebel from your dad. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas Kitty.

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  12. Well these look delish and sound easy to make! Hope you have a nice holiday! I also try to write on special items where they came from, hoping some day my girls will appreciate my treasures!!

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  13. All your Christmas decor is so pretty. And I love that it has meaning and reminds you of others. Those cookies look delicious. I've always made them from scratch.

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  14. Your Christmas tree teapot set is so sweet from your son when he was young. So many sentimental memories from all of your lovely pieces, Kitty. The cookies look so delicious,
    and I love that they are so easy. I hope that you have a lovely Christmas and many blessings in the new year. Sending hugs xo Karen

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  15. Don't you love when you see that you wrote a date and name on the item you received many years ago :-) I do that with Christmas ornaments, and it makes me smile when I see who gave it to me. My mom used to make those cookies! Hope you have a very Merry Christmas and many blessings in the New Year.

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  16. It is so strange this year, but we have not made one Christmas cookie! I don't know if a year has ever gone by since Zach was born that we didn't do Christmas cookies. It has just been such a peaceful, serene time, with no pressure, and I guess I have gotten lazy! LOL! Oh, well, I make them often throughout the year, so maybe my family will forgive me. May God bless you, dear friend!

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  17. Wow, how easy! And thank you for mentioning that the cake mixes are smaller now, so many sneaky companies putting less product in their packaging! Your vignettes are always so pretty and special. I wish you and your family a blessed and Merry Christmas Kitty!
    Jenna

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  18. Amazing Christmas decoration...How many treasures!Stunning angel. Merry Christmas!

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  19. Yummy cookies. I love your plate and teacup. So many memories to make us smile. Merry Christmas Kitty. Xo

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  20. It ia true. You need to realize our old recipes won't turn out as well now since the mixes are smaller.A friend pointed out that her Rum cake didn't turn out well. She said she would buy two boxes of cake mix the next time.
    I love chocolate crinkles.

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  21. I LOVE anything old fashioned! Your Christmas plate is beautiful!
    Thanks for the recipe, Kitty!!

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  22. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas, Kitty! The cake mix companies have certainly made us work harder to make these wonderful, old recipes! I'll bet their delicious!

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