Salted Brownie Crackles

Starting out with MY favorite of the season…these salted brownie crackle cookies are the equivalent of flourless chocolate cake in cookie form! (There’s a little flour, but not much. Celiac friends use your Cup for Cup replacement and you’ll never know the difference.)

These are crisp and crackly on the outside but very, very smooth and chocolate-y on the inside. You MUST buy the coarse flaked sea salt (not just the regular sea salt) as it looks like little snowflakes sprinkled on top.

These freeze well! Make ’em today…eat ’em on Christmas. So rich and good — you really can eat just one!

Salted Brownie Crackle Cookies

2/3 cup flour
2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
8 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
1/4 cup unsalted butter, cubed
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
coarse flaked salt, for topping

Preheat oven to 350°F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Whisk together flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Place chopped chocolate and butter in a double boiler or in a heat-proof bowl over a saucepan of gently simmering water. Slowly melt the chocolate, stirring occasionally until smooth. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool slightly.

Combine eggs, sugars, and vanilla in a large mixer bowl fitted with a whisk attachment and whisk together on medium speed for 5 minutes. Reduce speed to low and beat in melted chocolate for 1 minute. Add flour mixture and mix on low speed for 20 seconds, just until combined. Fold in chocolate chips (dough will resemble a gooey brownie batter).

Use a cookie scoop coated lightly with nonstick spray to form the cookies – invert the scoop just above the baking sheets, spacing cookies 3 inches apart.

Bake, rotating pans halfway through, for 12 to 14 minutes, until tops are shiny and crackly. Remove from oven and sprinkle with flaky salt. Let cookies cool for 10 minutes on baking sheets, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for 1-2 days. Makes about 24 cookies.

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