Dark Chocolate Mint Crackle Cookies

Today I turn 31. yay. Can you hear the excitement? No? Well that’s because I’m fresh out. I literally had such a fun weekend that I don’t think I have anything left in me. I’m pooped.

I ate sushi, real sushi, for the first time! I’m officially addicted! Then we sisters {we missed you Christine 🙁 } drank wine and ate cranberry-orange and honey sorbet along with a few too many chocolate covered almonds until way past midnight! I don’t think I’ve laughed that hard in a while.


Then the next day; my husband and our good friends Craig and Kelly, went to a Japanese steakhouse. It’s where they cook right in front of you! We watched the chef attempt to toss rice in a kids mouth only to hit his forehead, bounce an egg yolk on his spatula and light food on fire, so cool. I had the fillet and scallops {oh.my.lawdy AH-MAY-ZING!}, and then we all went back to their house to sit outside by a fire, where we talked for hours and hours and hours. I loved it! It was totally my kind of weekend; relaxing and food played a major part in it!  So I think today I’m just going to be boring. Real boring. It is my birthday after all.

But, here in this household I make the birthday cakes. I know that my youngest prefers cheese cake, my oldest daughter and husband prefer chocolate. When it comes to my birthday I chose no cake at all! I’m not a huge lover of cake and frosting, so I made cookies. And plus, a cake would be way to much work… and I was so not up for that.

Is it even possible to have too much fun? Maybe. I am 31 now. 😉

Here is what you’ll need.

Measure and sift the flour, dark chocolate cocoa powder, salt and baking powder. Then just set that aside.

I enlisted the help of two very cute little girls to help me break up the 7 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate.

Chocolate and the butter go into the pot. Heat on low and stir often to avoid scorching the chocolate. Pull the pan off of the heat once a few lumps remain, and continue to stir until completely melted.

While that was melting I made the mint sugar. You need about 10 grams {or a cup} of mint leaves for a subtle hint of mint. If you want more of a mint ka-pow flavor, then use extract instead.

Throw the leaves along with a 1/2 cup of sugar into a food processor and blend.

Blend it until it looks like wet green sand. I’d totally dip my mojito glass into this stuff!

Once the chocolate is melted pour it into a large clean bowl. Add in the mint sugar, stir. Sniff. Faint.

Gently whisk the three eggs and a teaspoon of vanilla.

By now the chocolate should have had the chance to cool, but still… carefully add in the egg/vanilla mixture.

Working in batches; add the dry, sifted ingredient and mix well after each addition.

Now it should resemble thick fudgy brownie batter. Resist the urge to dig right in, and cover with plastic wrap and chill for one hour.

Line a large, rimmed baking sheet.

Once the dough is chilled grab a tablespoon or a small ice cream scoop. Measure and roll by hand into uniformed balls. The colder the dough is, the easier it will be to roll.

You can totally roll them yourself, your hands will get all chocolaty and you’ll have to wash them a ton between batches…

Or you could find a willing sous chef to help! At first she doesn’t notice me, then suspicion… gotcha!!!

What I think she’s saying through her teeth is… “Mom, get that thing out of my face!”

Please don’t miss this step; rolling the balls in sugar is what helps the cookie from absorbing the powdered sugar.

Place on the baking sheet and slide them into a preheated 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes.

They will come out crackled and smelling awesome.

My girls and I loved these! They aren’t overly sweet and while the dark chocolate really stands out… you also get a nice and earthy mint background flavor as well! They’re like little rich morsels of heaven. Now I’m going to go take a nap, because I can 🙂



Dark Chocolate Mint Crackle Cookie

Yield: 3 dozen

Cook Time: 10-12 minutes


1-1/2 cups All Purpose Flour

1/2 cup Sugar

1/4 cup Unsweetened Dark Chocolate Cocoa Powder

1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder

1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt

1 cup loosely packed Fresh Mint Leaves, {10 grams}

7 ounces Semi-Sweet Chocolate, broken into pieces

3 whole Eggs, lightly beaten

6 tablespoon Unsalted Butter

1 teaspoon Real Vanilla Extract

1/2 cup Sugar, for rolling the cookie dough

1/2 cup Powdered sugar, for rolling the cookie dough

inspired by this recipe


Preheat oven to 350 degrees and place rack in the middle of your oven.

Sift together the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

Place mint and sugar into a food processor and blend until it resembles coarse wet sand.

In a sauce pan over the lowest setting melt the chocolate and butter. Stir often to avoid scorching and remove when only a few lumps remain. Stir until completely melted then pour into a large bowl. Add the mint sugar to the chocolate and stir. When the chocolate has cooled a tad, gradually add eggs and vanilla and stir.

Add a third of the dry ingredients to the chocolate mixture, mix by hand. Repeat until all the dry ingredients are incorporated. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for one hour.

Using a tablespoon or small ice cream scoop, measure and roll into uniform balls. Roll the cookie balls in granulated sugar and then powdered sugar, then place the cookie balls an inch apart on a lined or greased, rimmed baking sheet. Slide into oven and bake for 10-12 minutes depending on your oven. Remove and let cool on the pan for 5 minutes then remove to cooling rack to finish. Makes 3 dozen cookies.

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40 Responses to “Dark Chocolate Mint Crackle Cookies”

  1. #
    Bev Weidner — September 19, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    1) O.M.G.


    3) O.M.G.

  2. #
    Melissa @ thefauxmartha — September 19, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Oh. em. gee! I want these asap. (I think we share the same taste buds)

  3. #
    Laurie @simplyscratch — September 19, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    Thank you Bev!


    Melissa… I totally agree!

  4. #
    Aarthi — September 19, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    Your kid looks so cute…This cookies looks mouthwatering…I love ant thing chocolaty…This one is for me…

  5. #
    Erin — September 19, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    Happy Birthday!! These cookies look like the perfect way to celebrate! I love this kind of cookie, never had mint in there though – great idea!

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    Wanna Be A Country Cleaver — September 19, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Happy Birthday Laurie!! I'm a huge fan of crinkle cookies. Almond Butter are my faves.
    Hope it's a fabulous day ~All the best ~Megan

  7. #
    Natalie — September 19, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    MMMM these look delicious! Fresh Mint too, great!

  8. #
    Laurie @simplyscratch — September 19, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Thank you Megan! Almond butter you say?! Could you shoot me the recipe!? Sounds so good!!

  9. #
    Jessica @ How Sweet — September 19, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    oh my my… happy birthday, and these are WOW!!

  10. #
    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — September 19, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    I love that you used fresh mint! These sound wonderful.

  11. #
    Steph — September 19, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    The sounds AHmazing! I love that there's fresh mint! And the pics are gorgeous!

  12. #
    dvaaunaturel — September 19, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    Happy Birthday! These cookies look amazing. Everything you make/post does so I am sure the also tase amazing. I am baking you Banana Nut Bread now and prepping to make the Lemon Muffins. May you be blessed with many more awesome birthdays!! ;-D

  13. #
    Lauren's Latest — September 19, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    Happy happy birthday! Glad you had a fabulous celebratory weekend!

  14. #
    Carolyn — September 19, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    Love love love that these are made with fresh mint. I have a ton growing in my yard!

  15. #
    Lizzy — September 19, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    Oh, what a delicious twist on crackle cookies! And a great hint about rolling in granulated sugar first…I've never done that~

  16. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — September 20, 2011 at 12:28 am

    Happy Birthday! These cookies sounded like the best way to celebrate!

  17. #
    Haley @ The Girly Girl Cooks — September 20, 2011 at 1:00 am

    Lord help me! These look soooo freakin' good!
    Happy Birthday!!! 🙂

  18. #
    Christine's Pantry — September 20, 2011 at 3:07 am

    Happy Birthday! Your crackle cookies look wonderful. Adorable helpers.

  19. #
    Alida — September 20, 2011 at 10:49 am

    Happy Birtday! These cookies look incredible – I love the addition of mint. Your helper is adorable. 🙂

  20. #
    Pretend Chef — September 20, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    Oh my! These look so delicious. Happy Birthday!

  21. #
    Lourdes tootiredmoms.com — September 20, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Happy Birthday! I'm not a big cake/frosting girl, either. Will take cookies or pie over cake, any day! I'll be 32 in March…31 is a good age! (At least, I'm trying to tell myself that.)

  22. #
    Sarah Kate — September 20, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    Oh my goodness! These look delicious! I would totally ruin my dinner by eating every single one of these right off the pan! :o) It'd be worth it! Excellent recipe, darlin'!

  23. #
    kita — September 21, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    What an awesome birthday – lol, well, couple of days rather! And welcome to the sushi club, now you can never go back!
    These cookies look addictive!

  24. #
    Laura Jeanne — September 21, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    Laurie, these look fantastic and so easy by the looks of it. I love the play by play pics so I know I am going about the recipe correctly. ps: adorable girls.
    Laura @ A Healthy Jalapeño

  25. #
    Baskettcase — September 23, 2011 at 5:02 am

    Ok going to make these tomorrow.. wife is going to love them! Just fyi.. you forgot to list the eggs in the ingredients. Im a simpleton when it comes to cooking and I might have messed that up if I hadn't seen the top picture with the ingredients. I said to myself, "eggs? I didn't see eggs in the ingredients! whew thankfully I have some" 🙂 Thanks for all these amazing recipes!

  26. #
    Laurie @simplyscratch — September 23, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Baskettcase: Thanks so much for catching that! 🙂 Hope you like them!

  27. #
    kelly merrick — September 24, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    Hi Laurie,
    I can't seem to find dark chocolate cocoa powder. Where did you find yours? And how do you think they would turn out if I have to use regular cocoa powder?

  28. #
    Laurie @simplyscratch — September 25, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    I found mine at my grocery store. But regular cocoa powder would totally be fine! 🙂

  29. #
    neha gattani — September 25, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    Happy Birthday Laurie…..the cookies look amazing…for how many days do they stay fresh and also can i freeze some of the dough and bake it laters.. 🙂

  30. #
    Laurie @simplyscratch — September 25, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    Thank you Neha! I personally find these cookies best when they are still warm after baking, but if they are stored in an airtight container, they should last 2-3 days! 🙂

  31. #
    kelly merrick — October 2, 2011 at 12:04 am

    I made these for a friend's birthday party and they were amazing! I used regular cocoa powder instead of dark chocolate and they still tasted delicious!

  32. #
    Laurie @simplyscratch — October 2, 2011 at 2:53 am

    That's great to hear Kelly! I'm so glad you liked them! 🙂

  33. #
    Baskettcase — October 2, 2011 at 3:29 am

    My 2.5 year old daughter and I made these last night for Mama, who is in the hospital. We used the ghirardelli dark chocolate cocoa and my daughter had an absolute blast rolling them in the organic evaporated cane juice and powdered sugar. They ended up being delicious! My daughter went around to all the nurses and doctors offering them one. We made a lot of friends 🙂

    Thanks it is an

  34. #
    Laurie @simplyscratch — October 2, 2011 at 5:05 am

    That is so great to hear! They are pretty fun to make! Hope your Mama feels better soon!

  35. #
    Art By ASM — October 11, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    Oh my goodness! This is perfect! My daughter loves everything chocolate and mint! My mother grows mint like crazy, there is so much of it that she just let's it grow wild in a small place by her flower bed in the backyard. Whenever my daughter goes over there, she snips off a leaf and carries it around smelling it. I love how this recipe uses mint in it's most natural form! Thanks

  36. #
    tori — May 7, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    holy cow! you are brilliant! fresh mint in chocolate cookies! whoa girl, you just made my day, i mean my week, or very possibly my entire month! thanks for such awesome recipes! i love, love, love your blog!


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