We’ve been making this recipe in my family for ages.  It’s from the I Hate to Cook Cookbook, a lovely little tiny paperback from 1960 by a snarky housewife.  This recipe asks for baking chocolate to be melted with vegetable oil, but before that the recipe says “Find your saucepan.”

I think in the book they are actually called fudge cookies.  But the way they are made (rolling balls of dough in powdered sugar and then baking at a high temperature) makes the surface very crackly.  As a clumsy little kid, I thought they looked just like a cracking scab.  Gross name for a delicious food.

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