Chocolate Almond Crackle Cookies

Adapted from Martha Stewart Living, May 2010
Yield: 4 dozen

8 ounces dark chocolate
1 cup ground almonds
1/2 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup icing sugar
  1. Melt chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pot of simmering water.
  2. Cream butter and brown sugar until fluffy.
  3. Mix in eggs and vanilla.
  4. Mix in melted chocolate.
  5. Add almonds, flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix until combined.
  6. Refrigerate mixture until firm, at least 1 hour.
  7. Preheat oven to 350F.
  8. Place sugar on one plate and icing sugar on another.
  9. Form dough into 1-inch balls.
  10. Roll cookies in sugar to coat, then roll in icing sugar.
  11. Place cookies on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  12. Bake until surfaces crack, about 14 minutes.
  13. Let cool completely.