Friday, December 7, 2007

Double Chocolate Cookies

Double Chocolate Cookies

Holiday baking is quite new to me – it’s not something we do here in Brazil, but from the moment I started reading foodblogs – and then blogging – I thought that it would be a lovely tradition for me to adopt.
Last year I made a couple of cookies and some truffles to give as gifts and it was such a great experience that I intend to do that again this year. And the next. And the next.

I saved these cookies on my del.icio.us on Nov, 24 and immediately printed the recipe – I thought it was really worth trying. I made up my mind a couple of days later, when I saw that Jenjen had baked them too – and her cookies looked even more beautiful and delicious than the ones I’d seen on Martha’s website!!

The recipe is not difficult to follow; the only problem was that I started shaping the dough using the ice cream scoop I have – and that is definitely NOT a good ice cream scoop to shape cookie dough with. The cookies were too big and I did not like them. I shaped the remaining dough using a 1 ½ tablespoon and they were still big, but good-for-holding-without-breaking-in-half big.

I baked my cookies for 2 minutes longer than the time stated in the recipe – they were sort of fudgy in the middle and slightly crispy on the edges. Really, really good. :)

Double Chocolate Cookies

Double Chocolate Cookies

1 cup (140g) all-purpose flour
½ cup (45g) unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon coarse salt – I used Maldon
224g (½ pound) good-quality milk chocolate, 112g (4 ounces) coarsely chopped and 112g (4 ounces) cut into 0.60cm (¼-in) chunks
½ cup (113g/1 stick) unsalted butter
1 ½ cups (300g) sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 165ºC/325ºF. Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside. Melt 112g (4 ounces) coarsely chopped chocolate with the butter in a small heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water; let cool slightly.

Put chocolate mixture, sugar, eggs, and vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium speed until combined. Reduce speed to low; gradually mix in flour mixture. Fold in chocolate chunks.

Using a 1 ½-inch ice cream scoop, drop dough onto parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing 5cm (2 inches) apart. Bake until cookies are flat and surfaces crack, about 15 minutes (cookies should be soft). Let cool on parchment on wire racks. Cookies can be stored between layers of parchment in airtight containers at room temperature up to 3 days.

Makes about 3 dozen – I got 6 giant cookies and 24 large ones.

Double Chocolate Cookies

34 comments:

Sylvia said...

Thanks for your visit. Your cookies look beautiful and delicious. I save the recipe too. But I will not use an ice cream scoop, for sure ;)

Wendy said...

D will love these! He's a cookie monster!

Peter M said...

Awwww, you wrapped a bow around my cookies. I'll email you my address! ;)

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Oh, Patricia, you really got me with the "fudgy in the middle."

Kevin said...

Those cookies look nice and chocolaty. Nice photos!

michelle said...

Patricia, these look wonderful! (Of course, you had me at *double chocolate*) I'm going to have such a hard time narrowing down my holiday baking endeavors this year! Too many tasty looking ideas out there! :)

Carla said...

Mmm, a chocoholic's cookie!! I'll have to save this for my holiday baking :)

Gattina said...

Patricia, they are gorgeous! I love your description about how crispy outside and a bit fudge inside, I won't wait for holiday, would eat it everyday!

maybahay said...

these sound decadent and perfect for holiday gifts.

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Oh boy Patricia " fudgy in the middle and slightly crispy on the edges", I think you've made heaven! The ribbon is so delicate on the chocolate!

Karin said...

I made a flourless chocolate cake yesterday evening. This cake became "fudge in the middle and crispy on the edges", just as you describe your chocolate cookies.

So, I can really imagine the taste of your cookis.

Maryann said...

I'm just having my morning coffee. Can you pass me a cookie please? ;)

Figs Olives Wine said...

Fudgy on the middle and crisp on the outside? Sold! These are beautiful, and I love the presentation.

maybahay said...

hi again. i've tagged you for a MeMe. only if you're interested of course!

Tatter said...

Patricia, the cookies look gorgeous!!! I'm saving the recipe...:D

Zen Chef said...

yummm....i just took a bite off my screen!! Delicious!!
Do you want to marry me?
:-)

Cakespy said...

...and what a wonderful way to start holiday baking! Super yum.

linda said...

With that amount of chocolate is HAS to be good...exactly the way they look!

The whole holiday baking thing isn't a tradition in the Netherlands either. Would be nice if it would though...

BitterSweet said...

Gorgeous pictures, Patricia! They look like a chocoholic's dream!

Lydia said...

Beautiful cookies! They are jumping right off the screen at me, and I'm wishing I could taste one right now.

jenjen said...

Aren't they just the best? These cookies are a great idea for Christmas gifts.

Kristen said...

I remember you experimenting with holiday baking last year. Glad it is a tradition you are sticking with. These cookies? OMG...I must try them! Yum!

Kristen at YDine and Dish

sher said...

I love that picture. It's a lovely way to "wrap" the cookies as a gift. And those cookies---marvelous looking!

Dana said...

Mmm, sounds perfect for this time of year! Holiday baking is a great tradition to adopt, isn't it??

brian said...

These look great. This recipe is begging to be doubled.

Gretchen Noelle said...

These look delicious and easy to make. I may have to try these out before the holidays are over. Thanks!

Anh said...

Pat, you are really good with chocolate cookies. These look so much better than the store-bought varieties. Great with a glass of creamy milk,

Patricia Scarpin said...

Sylvia, if you use a good scoop you won't have a problem - mine was all wrong. :)

Wendy, make some for him, dear!

Peter, hurry up before they're all gone! :)

Susan, that won my heart too. :)

Kevin, thank you! It was such a rainy day, I didn't get the light I wanted... :(

Michelle, I know! I have been struggling to choose the ones to bake, too, sweetie!

Carla, do try it!

Gattina, thank you, dear!

May, I thought they were great gifts, too, and the person who received the cookies loved them!

Tanna, I decided to bake them a little more because I'm not a huge fan of underbaked cookies.

Karin, that cake sounds heavenly to me.

Maryann, have as many as you want, dear. :)

Amanda, thank you!

May, I'll check it out later, tks!

Tatter, thank you! Let me know if you try them.

Zen, I am married already but I'm also flattered by the proposal. :D

Cakespy, thank you for stopping by!

Linda, it is always so common to see baking recipes calling for semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, I liked the idea of using milk chocolate for a change.

Hannah, thank you, sweetie!

Lydia, I'd knock on your door with a tray full of these if you lived nearby, my friend.

Jenjen, your beautiful cookies were essential for my decision of baking these!

Kristen, and you were so supportive last Xmas and have been during all this time. Thank you, my dear friend.

Sher, thank you!

Brian, I'd love to hear your opinion about them if you get to make them.

Dana, it definitely is and I will keep on baking!

Gretchen, thank you for visiting! I'm glad you like these!

Anh, thank you, sweetie!

aya said...

oh i love cookies! these look and sound delicious. i think i'll have to give them a try :)

cakebrain said...

Chocolate! yum! I like how you composed your picture. Too pretty to eat (almost!)

Katy said...

oh these look delicious! i'm a sucker for super chocolate-y cookies. love the glass of milk in the background!

Carla said...

Those look not only beautiful but delicious!

Deborah said...

These cookies sound wonderful!! And perfect for holiday baking!

ilingc said...

yum! More chocolatey goodness! :)

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