I've named these cookies, crackle cookies, due to the effect created once they are baked. It's a favourite recipe to make with my kids as they are quick and easy to make. The original recipe was to place balls on a baking sheet and I think they were meant to spread out on their own. However, part way through baking the first time we made these, they were still balls so we gave each a gentle flatten which created the crackle effect. Now we make them the same way each time.