This recipe for Midnight Crackles is one that I found in BAKING From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan. This is a chocolate cookie with a kick (thanks to some unexpected spices)! This smells and tastes like it should be a cookie that should be baked for the holidays.
No fancy ingredients are required for these cookies. All that's needed is butter, chocolate, cocoa, brown sugar, salt, baking soda, eggs, cinnamon, and cloves.
The first step is to melt the butter and chocolate together until they are smooth.
While the chocolate and butter melt, sift or whisk the dry ingredients together.
The spices smelled excellent at this point. A little bit of cloves goes a long way.
After the chocolate and butter is melted and smooth, incorporate the eggs, one at a time.
After the eggs are incorporated, add the dry ingredients to the batter, and only mix until barely incorporated.
Divide the mixture into 2 and refrigerate for a few hours.
After the dough is cold and firm, work with one half at a time and roll tablespoon-size balls out and press them down gently.
Bake the dough, and enjoy!
These certainly did smell like the spices that were in these cookies. These cookies are not sweet at all. This is definitely a spice-y cookie. These cookies look great, but they were not a hit with my tasters. It tasted like it was missing something, either another spice to balance out the cloves, or more sugar to sweeten the cookie, or both. The texture was good, though; it had a little bit of a crispy shell on top and a nice cakey center. This will probably be the only time I will use this recipe. Sorry Dorie.
Midnight Crackles recipe on page 74 of BAKING From My Home to Yours.