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Chocolate Crackle Cookies

This weekend was the season finale of Game of Thrones and we celebrated at a friend’s house with a big cookout and viewing party. Naturally, I wanted to bake something but found myself a bit short on time. With the clock ticking, I went to one of my most trusted, no-fail recipes: Chocolate Crackle Cookies. They’re simple, delicious, and an instant crowd favorite!

The five ingredients called for are baking staples and likely items you already have in your kitchen. This recipe is a simplified version from the 1971 Farm Journal Homemade Cookies Cookbook. For a more in-depth recipe than the one listed here, (and one that earned a blue ribbon when I was in 4-H) please reference the cookbook.

I’ve started to experiment with different cake mixes recently and found spice and lemon to be two great alternatives to the devil’s food suggested below. Really, the sky is the limit when it comes to the different flavor options for these cookies. Enjoy while you can, they won’t last long!

Enjoy! –Chelsea


Chocolate Crackle Cookies

Cake Ingredients:

  • 1 package of cake mix, devil’s food
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 TBS water
  • ½ cup shortening
  • Powdered sugar for coating


  • Combine cake mix, eggs, water, and shortening. Mix until the ingredients are well blended.
  • Shape dough into balls about the size of a walnut. Roll in powdered sugar, making sure to tap off excess.
  • Place 1 ½ inches apart on baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 8 – 10 minutes.

Makes about 2 dozen cookies.

tccgjh_beets_sweets_profileBy day, Chelsea Beets is one of our top-notch reservation specialists here at The Clear Creek Group, helping to create dream-like Jackson Hole experiences for our guests. By night, you’ll often find Chelsea in her kitchen, crafting scrumptious culinary fare that is no less dreamy. From delicate scratch-made pastries and treats, to some of the best Midwest comfort dishes ever conceived, Chelsea has a passion and talent for the craft. Fortunately for her fellow co-workers, she routinely shares her products!