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Easy Chocolate Chewies

Yield 4 dozen
This is the easiest chocolate cookie recipe around. Its top takes on a cracked appearance during baking.


  • 1 (18.25-ounce) package devil's food cake mix
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/2 cup sifted powdered sugar

How to Make It

  1. Combine first 4 ingredients in a large bowl, stirring until smooth.

  2. Shape dough into 1" balls; roll in powdered sugar. Place balls 2" apart on lightly greased cookie sheets.

  3. Bake at 375° for 10 minutes. Cool about 10 minutes on cookie sheets. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Christmas with Southern Living 1996