Claire’s Incredible Crackly Chocolate Swirl Cookies – with Mint!

My daughter mentioned to me several years ago that she was thinking of starting a blog. A blog? What in the world is a blog? At that time, thought “blog” was one of the dumbest words I had ever heard…………… but look at me now!……………

The Café Sucré Farine has been quite and adventure for me considering that last year at this time I didn’t know an html from a url from a hole in the wall! I didn’t even have a clue as to how to leave a comment on a blog. I’ve come upon many stumbling blocks and made all kinds of mistakes but all in all it has been an amazing, learning, gratifying journey for a crazy cook who loves to spread the good news that cooking can be fun, and extremely rewarding when you see the pleasure and enjoyment it brings to those you love.

One of the best things about blogging, something I never anticipated, is the fun friendships that I’m developing with people all over the world! It’s been such an interesting and eye-opening experience to see that people are blogging from one end of the globe to the other. And not just about food but about …………… well just about everything one might have passion about – art, crafts, photography, coffee, music, fashion, cats, family, nutrition ………………. you name it  – there’s a blog about it and opportunities to get to know the authors abound!

One of the fun friendships I’ve developed through blogging is with a lovely young lady in Australia named Claire. Claire is getting ready to be married and yet takes the time to share her culinary and other talents on a daily basis. She’s sweet, smart and an amazing little cook! I  look forward to checking out Claire K Creations each day and when I saw these wonderful cookies she shared last week, I knew it wouldn’t be long before I would be looking at the real thing – emerging from my own oven!


Today was a rainy, gray day and when I arrived home this afternoon I set my mixer a-whirring! It didn’t take any time to thow these Crackly Chocolate Swirl Cookies together and when I peeked in the oven as the first batch was finishing baking, they looked amazing, all crackly with ribbons of decadent chocolate running through them. I couldn’t wait for them to cool a bit and guess what? They’re even better than I imagined – buttery, crispy yet a bit chewy – I think “heavenly” is a perfect description! This is definitely a keeper recipe – thanks Claire! I know I will be making them often and each time will think fondly of you!

P.S. The only adaptation that I made was to use mint chocolate chips instead of the dark chocolate. Either way this will be a fabulous recipe to have in your collection!

Claire’s Incredible Crackly Chocolate Swirl Cookies

7 ounces dark chocolate, I used Nestle’s Toll House Mint and Semi Sweet Chocolate Morsels
9 tablespoons butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons milk
2 cups plain flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
1. Preheat the oven to 350˚F and line two sheet pans with parchment paper.

2. Break the chocolate up into a heat-proof bowl and melt it by microwaving it for 20 seconds at a time, stirring after each heating, until it is smooth.

3. With an electric mixer, beat the butter, sugar and vanilla together until smooth and creamy. Add the egg yolk and milk and mix until just combined. Remove the bowl from the mixer and stir in the flour and baking powder until the mixture forms a dough. Make a well in the middle of the dough and pour in the melted chocolate. Cut the chocolate through the dough using a knife just enough to create a marble effect – don’t mix too much.

4. Using a teaspoon of dough at a time, roll the dough into balls (I just used a medium size cookie scoop) and place them on the lined pan at least 2 inches apart. Gently press down the top of each ball.

5. Bake the cookies for 12-15 minutes, or until golden then remove from oven and let them cool on the pan for 10 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely. The cookies will keep in an airtight container for up to one week.

Claire does a wonderful photo tutorial of the whole process here.
Which side do you think belongs to the photographer and which side to the chef? 🙂

19 thoughts on “Claire’s Incredible Crackly Chocolate Swirl Cookies – with Mint!”

  • I have to say I don’t like mint at all, but these cookies look absolutely amazing! I think I shall make them without the mint chips. Or with the mint, so I won’t be tempted to eat two or ten of these.

  • Oh Chris you are so sweet! Thank you for your wonderfully kind words.

    I was the same 18 months ago. I don’t think I really knew what blog was. What a long way we can come.

    You’re right, I never thought that blogging would introduce me to so many lovely people and it’s amazing how you can feel you know someone even though you’ve never met and they’re on the other side of the world!

    I love that you added peppermint. That would perfect it! I still haven’t found them here but I won’t give up!

  • The cookies look amazing,chocolate and mint what a great combination.
    I agree with your blogging comments, I started my blog this year and it has been so much fun. I also love meeting the new people all over the globe.

  • Yummmmmm- they look like snickerdoodles but I imagine they are even better – I can smell them baking now – the mint sounds delicious. Trying to add a new
    cookie recipe each year – I might need to squeeze these in or wait until January:-) thanks, Chris, I miss you.

  • As always, this looks delicious! I love the simplicity of this recipe.

    I’m so glad you’ve come to love blogging! I guess you could say we were in the same boat at one point..I didn’t even know what blogs were, much less about food blogs! Once I discovered them (and also figured out how to comment, ha) I was hooked. I love ‘meeting’ people from around the world and reading about their interest.

    Keep up the great work! 🙂

  • Thanks Chris for translating the measurements and sharing this with us. (How did you do that?) They look fancy without being too much trouble.

  • These cookies seriously sound fantastic! What a great recipe for the holidays. I completely agree with what you said about blogging. I never imagined I would meet so many fantastic blogging friends…I’m inspired by them every day. I’m still wishing someday we can get everyone together for a massive foodie fest!

  • These look just mouth watering!!! And I love the pretty green background you have photographed them on, even the pretty green polka dot napkin. So you have been blogging about a year? I would never have guessed, your blog is so professional looking! It’s an adventure, isn’t it?

  • Oh, I love your naughty and nice towels! It’s true that the blogging community can introduce us to people all over the world; and right in our back yard, no? 😉 I still hope we’ll be able to get together soon.

  • You are so right about blogging. I didn’t know what bloggin was either and I’m still learning. I have only been blogging for almost 4 months. It’s so fun and gratifying especially when you see nice comments from people and even better if they try your recipe and like it! The cookies you made look amazing! You knew I had to look. I have a soft place in my heart for mint and chocolate! It’s one of my favorite combos. I am bookmarking this recipe, you know I have to make them!!

  • These look delicious and your presentation is amazing. Blogging has become such a big part of my life and I’ve learned to stretch myself in ways I never thought I would. I’m thrilled with all of the new friends I’ve made and the yummy recipes I now have in my stash. Thank you dear friend for this one.

  • The cookies look awesome! Your right about the blogging, I felt the same when I started and looking back on some of my very first posts makes me laugh and cringe 🙂 It’s the friendship part I enjoy too, it’s like having multiple pen pals from all over the world!!
    Take care…

  • These look so delicious and I have to save the recipe 🙂 Thanks for sharing! When blogging you get so many new friends, and it feels like you know them, even if you never met!

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