Snowy chocolate crackle biscuits

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

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

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 92
  • fat 4g
  • saturates 2g
  • carbs 12g
  • sugars 9g
  • fibre 1g
  • protein 1g
  • salt 0.06g


  • 200g dark chocolate, chopped
  • 125g unsalted butter, softened
  • 300g soft light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 150g plain flour
  • 60g cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2-3 tbsp milk
  • 100g icing sugar


Make it double chocolate…

Roll the dough in cocoa powder for a more chocolatey version.



  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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