There aren’t many women I know who do not love chocolate. In the offices I work in, chocolate is in easy fix to any dilemma. During my workday, I often hear things such as “I really need chocolate, who has chocolate?” The good news is that I usually DO have chocolate …
About a week ago we had a busy meeting day schedule at one of the schools, and some of my coworkers seemed pretty overwhelmed. The night before the meetings, I decided that I wanted to whip up something rich and chocolaty for my team. I decided upon these perfectly chewy cookies, which are fully loaded with chocolate and guaranteed to satisfy your chocolate cravings.
I was a bit stressed out when I made these cookies and I actually ended up doing my own interpretation of this recipe. This recipe comes from Baking Illustrated, and it is shared on many food blogs. The recipe calls for melting the baking chocolate, but I some how ended up deciding to chop it up and completely skipped the melting part (and this wasn’t on purpose, like I said, I was stressed)! I also didn’t have semisweet baking chocolate on hand, but I was able to substitute with some really high quality bittersweet chocolate. I’m not sure how much the cookie was really altered from my changes, and I thought they were incredibly tasty. They were devoured at the office. I actually think that I might go and make them again. Like right now. Yum …
Oh, and let me add that these cookies aren’t just for the ladies. Men will love them too!
1 cup of all-purpose flour
¼ cup of Dutch-processed cocoa powder
1 tsp. of baking powder
¼ tsp. of salt
8.5 ounces of SCHARFFEN BERGER 70 percent cacao bittersweet baking chocolate, chopped very finely using a food processor
1 tsp. of instant coffee powder
2 large eggs
1 tsp. of vanilla extract
5 TBSP of unsalted butter, softened but still cool
¾ cup of light brown sugar, packed
¼ cup of granulated white sugar
1 cup of semisweet chocolate chips
Ingredients Pricing – $$ (because of cost of baking chocolate, if you use Baker’s brand chocolate the cost would be significantly less).
In a medium-sized mixing bowl, stir together the flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking powder. Sift and then set aside.
In a small bowl, mix together the eggs and vanilla with a fork. Add in the coffee powder. Stir, and let coffee powder dissolve in to the mixture.
Put the butter in a large mixing bowl. Using an electric hand mixer, beat the butter until it is smooth and creamy. Add in the brown and white sugars, and beat until the sugars are well combined. Turn the mixer to low speed and gradually beat in the egg mixture until it is incorporated. Then add in the finely chopped bittersweet chocolate until it is combined in to the mixture. Turn the mixer to low speed, and add in the dry ingredients. Beat until just combined, and do not overbeat. Add the chocolate chips. Use a spoon or spatula to fold them in to the batter. Cover the bowl with a lid or plastic wrap and let it stand at room temperature for about 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Using a 1 ¾ -inch cookie dough scoop, scoop the dough in to mounds and place on baking sheet. Make sure to space the dough about 1 ½ -inches apart.
Bake the cookies for 10 minutes. Halfway between baking, rotate the pan 180 degrees in the oven. After cooking for 10 minutes, take cookies out of the oven and let cool for 10 more minutes. Then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
Makes about 20 cookies. Enjoy with 20 glasses of milk.
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When I first started baking, I noticed that many recipes called for Dutch-processed cocoa powder. I did not know the difference between Dutch- processed cocoa and regular cocoa or why a recipe would call for Dutch-process over regular, and vice versa. David Lebovitz, who is an author and popular food blogger, shares a lot of great information about cocoa powder on his blog. Great stuff!
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Beth loves to cook foods of all types and is not afraid to try new things in the kitchen. She has learned a lot through cooking blogs and is happy to share what she has learned in the past few years with you.
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Coworkers love these!!!
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