Firecracker Fudge Cookies

Level: Easy
Prep Time: 40 min
Cook Time: 12 min
Cooling Time: 15 min
Yields: 36 cookies (3 dozen)


Firecracker Fudge Cookies are made with chocolate morsels and topped with powdered sugar. These fudge cookies are perfect for a holiday get-together of any type.


  • 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar


MICROWAVE 1 cup morsels in medium, uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on HIGH (100%) power for 1 minute; STIR. Morsels may retain some of their original shape. If necessary, microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals, stirring just until morsels are melted. Cool to room temperature.

COMBINE flour, baking powder and salt in small bowl. Beat granulated sugar, butter and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl. Beat in melted chocolate. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in remaining morsels. Cover; refrigerate just until firm.

PREHEAT oven to 350° F.

SHAPE dough into 1 1/2-inch balls; roll in powdered sugar. Place on ungreased baking sheets.

BAKE for 10 to 15 minutes or until sides are set but centers are still slightly soft. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

firecracker cookies

by j. jessica , Kingwood, WV on Jul. 2009

I had made them several times years ago. In the old book I had they were called surprise crackles. Very good and chewy.


by J. Jamie , Plato, MO on Jul. 2009

Super easy and the family LOVED them!!!!

Firecracker Fuge Cookies

by T. Tauna , Alliance, OH on Jun. 2009

I absolutely adore these cookies! I like to add in some crushed up Peppermint sticks (the old fashioned baking kind) for a real treat during Christmas time. Served with a steamy cup of Hot Nestles Cocoa. YUUUMMMMMYYYY!! The kids love them too!

Cookies ( fudge cookies)

by L. LAURA , Greenville, OH on Jun. 2009

These are great to take to a family reunion. They are easy to make and the kids love to help with the powdered sugar part. All my family enjoys them.


by V. Verna , Old Town, ME on May. 2009

I have made this recipe many times and always get recipe requests. I sometimes add chopped walnuts or pecans, and have made them using regular chips melted in the cookie dough but mint chocolate chips stirred in for a change of pace. No matter how I make them, they are always yummy!

Firecracker Fudge Cookies

by S. SHELLEY , LINCOLN, IL on Oct. 2008

The cookies were great. They were a hit for the teachers at my sons school.


by c. camille , POCATELLO, ID on May. 2008

Fantastic!! Made these for a treat at the senior citizen and the people thought it was great!


by Y. YER , MILWAUKEE, WI on Feb. 2008

WOW! These cookies were fantastic. It looks and sounds like there is a lot of chocolate in it but it tasted great. My kids loved them and so did my husband. Thanks for the recipe. I'm sure I'll be using it again.

Firecracker Fudge Cookies

by R. Rebecca , DORCHESTER, MA on Dec. 2007

These cookies are nice because they are easy to make and use ingredients that are often around the house so there aren’t a lot of special ingredients to buy. But I found that the semi-sweet chocolate was too rich a flavor for my taste so I tried them with white chocolate, milk chocolate, peanut butter and butterscotch morsels as well. They all tasted great. It did change the consistency of the batter some so the cookies tended to expand and flatten out more than the original recipe and of course they are not fudge cookies any more but it is a way to use one recipe to please a wide variety of taste buds.

These are the best!

by E. Emily , Quincy, MA on Jul. 2007

I have made these cookies for the past 3 years or so. Everyone absolutely loves them, even people who don't usually enjoy sweets. They are always a hit and they don't last for long!