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A variegated pattern of deep dark chocolate and pure white powdered sugar makes these crinkly cookies a striking study in contrast. Roll balls of the rich dough first in granulated sugar, then in confectioners' sugar. The first layer ensures that the second one retains its snowy white appearance.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, February 2003
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  • MS11782382
    22 DEC, 2018
    LOVE this recipe and been making it for more than 10 years! It is a holiday family favorite and a hit with both kids and adults. I recommend baking with the Penzey's Dutch Process Cocoa. I tried to use a different brand one year and it did not come out the same.
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    • MS11782382
      22 DEC, 2018
      I also recommend that you use Ghiradelli brand for the bittersweet chocolate bars. The recipe takes more time than others and does require keeping the dough chilled in between batches, but so yummy to eat with a tall cold glass of milk.
  • Danielle Lartz
    25 JAN, 2015
    Batter resembles brownie batter not cookie dough!!! I didn't know that.. I kept adding fillers. This is definitely a level 2 baking (not as hard as a meringue, but not as easy as chocolate chip) and they are slightly time consuming. My first time... Little dry :), then read reviews, next time perfect! I have added mini chips, M&Ms and hazelnuts... All yummy!!
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    • wendythowa5519939
      22 DEC, 2018
      Don't second guess yourself or your eyes, as long as you know you were careful with your measurements, just follow directions and your golden😉
  • iamclarice64
    28 NOV, 2017
    Way way too much baking powder. They're not supposed to be flat and crunchy, they should be a little puffy and soft!!
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    • wendythowa5519939
      22 DEC, 2018
      I've Never had an issue with these coming out perfectly pillows, look like they came from a magazine. My advise, always use fresh quality ingredients, make sure you double check your measurements. Also, with any baking, make sure your oven is calibrated and bake appropriate to your altitude.
    • CKL22072262
      4 DEC, 2018
      Mine come out a little flat but not crunchy! Add a bit more flour if you dont want them to spread out as much :)
  • CKL22072262
    3 DEC, 2018
    Love these cookies! They are a Christmas cookie staple in our house! They are definitely rich and chocolatey but that's just how we like them! They require a bit more work than a typical cookie and make a bit more mess, but it's all completely worth it! Love!
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  • leslieh319
    25 NOV, 2018
    Chose to make these because the photo looked like cookies my grandmother used to make and I was feeling nostalgic. Sorry, grandma, but these were better! I didn't have any issues with the consistency of the dough. Yes, it is different than most other doughs, but if you follow the directions, it's fine. I use a bittersweet chocolate, so mine aren't really very sweet on the inside and that little bit of sugar on the outside is just enough to balance it. Mine bake at 350° for 10 minutes and come out perfectly pillowy. We like them best within an hour or two of coming out of the oven. A warm one is heavenly! So, I bake only one of the four divisions at a time, leaving the others in the fridge for a day or two until we're ready for more. Love these! They will be a family favorite for years to come.
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  • rochonheidi
    14 DEC, 2015
    Love these cookies! Easy to make, so delicious, chewy & addicting! Everyone loved them, the whole batch was gone in less than an hour! I didn't make logs, after a couple hours in the freezer I just quickly rolled them into balls and then rolled in powdered sugar. Logs maybe less messy but cleaning your hands only takes a minute and more fun for the kids!
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  • ncgood1
    27 APR, 2015
    I love these cookies. The easiest way to avoid the "sticky" situation is to chill the dough as directed, roll the balls in some regular granulated sugar, and THEN in powdered sugar. Voila! No stick, no mess. Absolutely a great cookie.
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  • lizt2
    8 DEC, 2014
    Really, really chocolatey. More than 2 of these would be chocolate overload. Not my favorite cookie; I'd much rather have a chocolate chip cookie. They are fairly difficult to make and I would think that they would be the best cookie ever for this much effort. They're pretty. I made my quartzite countertop cold by putting a lipped baking sheet with ice water on it for 15 or 20 min. Don't bother making logs - just cut off fairly even chunks and roll. Keep hands cold by dipping in ice water
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  • mandas1
    21 DEC, 2012
    I love this recipe! I've made it 4 times now. I always forget that the dough is not like cookie dough, but like brownie batter. Make sure you do chill it thoroughly before working with it. I freeze it because it stays cold longer so it doesn't melt in your hands. Dust your hands w/powdered sugar while you are rolling the balls. Instead of rolling into a log while chilling, I just press it flat in plastic, then cut 1x1" cubes before forming into balls. YUM! Consistent, and delicious!
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  • mandas1
    21 DEC, 2012
    I love this recipe! I've made it 4 times now. I always forget that the dough is not like cookie dough, but like brownie batter. Make sure you do chill it thoroughly before working with it. I freeze it because it stays cold longer so it doesn't melt in your hands. Dust your hands w/powdered sugar while you are rolling the balls. Instead of rolling into a log while chilling, I just press it flat in plastic, then cut 1x1" cubes before forming into balls. YUM! Consistent, and delicious!
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