Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Outrageous chocolate cookies

Outrageous chocolate cookies

Kindness. Something we see a lot around food blogs, but we hardly find elsewhere.

I needed to install the wireless connection at home and since I know nothing about computers I called my brother for help. He stopped by with Paulo, a techie friend of his. In minutes I was using my new laptop. Great.

What could I make as a thank you gift? Something sweet, of course. Cookies, then. Scandalously full of chocolate.

My brother was in charge of taking the box to Paulo – knowing him as the back of my hand, I sent extra cookies to make sure the gift got delivered. :)

The dough is more like a batter, fluid and difficult to be dropped onto the baking sheets, so I refrigerated it for a couple of minutes. The cookies were delicious and I heard they were gone in no time.

Outrageous chocolate cookies

Outrageous chocolate cookies
from here

224g (8oz) semisweet chocolate, roughly chopped
4 tablespoons (56g) unsalted butter
2/3 cup (94g) all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
¾ cup (132g) packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
336g (1 package/12oz) semisweet chocolate chunks

Preheat oven to 175ºC/350ºF; line 2 large baking sheets with parchment or baking paper.

Heat chopped chocolate and butter in a microwave-safe bowl in 20-second increments, stirring in between, until almost melted; do not overheat – I used a double-boiler for that.
In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.
In a mixing bowl, beat eggs, brown sugar, and vanilla on high speed until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low; beat in melted chocolate. Mix in flour mixture until just combined. Stir in chocolate chunks.
Refrigerate dough for 5-10 minutes or until firm enough to be scooped and place on baking sheets.
Drop heaping tablespoons of dough 5-7cm (2-3in) apart onto baking sheets. Bake, rotating sheets halfway through, until cookies are shiny and crackly yet soft in centers, 12 to 15 minutes.
Cool on sheets 10 minutes; with a thin metal spatula, transfer to racks to cool completely.

Store them in an airtight container at room temperature for 2-3 days.

Makes 2 dozen – I got 20

Outrageous chocolate cookies

44 comments:

Elly said...

These look incredibly delicious! It's nice that there's not THAT much better (but there's a lot of chocolate :D). They look like brownies! I've starred them and hope to make them soon.

LyB said...

That is, dare I say, just the right amount of chocolate for outrageous cookies! They look fabulous Patricia, I can see why they were gone quickly! :)

linda said...

There's no such thing like scandalously full of chocolate, the more chocolate the better :)
They look delicious!

culinography said...

I suspect you will only need to call for tech support in the future, Patricia... those boys will be beating down your door in anticipation of the sweet payoff! :)

Dharm said...

Patricia,
Can I come and fix your computer the next time?? Would love to have some of those cookies!! They look (and sound) simply fabulous.

TBC said...

Looks outrageously good to me! :D

creampuff said...

Patricia,

Every time I come to your blog I'm always like, "Why don't I come here more often???".

The cookies are spectacular!

bakeorbreak said...

Patricia, these are some of my favorite cookies I've ever made. I just love them!

sher said...

When are you going to start your cookie business, so we can all order them!!!!! Absolutely amazing pictures!

Joy said...

Wow. Just wow. Call me anytime you need computer help. :D

I love that your cookies look the same as Martha's! :)

Julie said...

I know that if I were asked to deliver these cookies it's highly likely that a vast number of them would never make it to their destination.

noble pig said...

The color on these are so beautiful, I love it. I'm sure that techie will help with your computer anytime!

ShopLittleGifts said...

Wow, they look soft and goey. I love how there is only 4 tbspoons of butter. I'm still not a baker simply because I can't stand buying blocks of butter... but this is definitely something I might try!

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

I love cookies that are crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, and that's exacty how these cookies look. Delicious!

Nora B. said...

Hi Patricia,
Thanks for your words of encouragement. I'm not quite blogging in full swing yet, but I feel it coming.

I love giving away baked goodies as a thank you gesture as well. Good idea that you gave some extra cookies to your brother ;-)

These cookies look so chocolatey - miam!!!

xx nora

Pam said...

I love the crinkly top! I agree, they look like brownie cookies!

eatme_delicious said...

Yum!! I saw these on someone else's blog (actually I think a couple of people's - they must be good!) and have already saved the recipe. Can't wait to try them out! They look perfect.

Elle said...

Lucky Paulo! These look like the ultimate chocolate cookie...love the crinkles on top. YUM!

My Sweet & Saucy said...

These photos are definitely on top of my favorite list!

Julie said...

Those are so outrageously tempting. Kindness for cookies - I like that idea.

diva@theSugarBar said...

definitely outrageous. those choc chunks are so tempting!

Marianna said...

That is the coolest name for a cookie- "outrageous chocolate cookies". And what's best is that they indeed seem match their title! I don't make cookies so often, but when I see recipes like this I tell myself that I need to get cookie'n!!

Peter G said...

I'm happy to provide help for your omputer anytime Patricia...as long as you make these cookies for me as well!

Mary Coleman said...

You are an amazing blogger! Recipe after recipe looks so wonderful. I so enjoy reading your recipes and your posts and dreaming about Brazil.
Keep it up!

RecipeGirl said...

Yay for your new laptop! How exciting. These look like a terrific thank you gift :)

Patricia Scarpin said...

Elly, loads and loads of chocolate. :)

LyB, the boys love sweets. :)

Linda, thank you, darling!

Michelle, your comment made me laugh, dear. :)

Dharm, I'll let you know! :)

TBC, thank you!

My dear Ivonne, it's great having you around here.

Jen, yours look so much nicer than mine!

Sher, I think that is an idea for the future - tks for the inspiration! :)

Joy, I'll do that!

Julie, so you and my brother are very much alike. :)

Cathy, I hope so!

ShopLittleGifts, thank you for your visit! And these are full of chocolate - not that much butter!

Lydia, and so chocolatey. :)

Nora, it's so great hearing from you, my dear friend. Thank you for stopping by!
xoxo

Pam, they do!

Ashley, I have seen them around, too - very addictive, I suppose. :)

Elle, Paulo is such a sweet guy - he deserved these!

Melody, thank you, darling!

Julie, a fair exchange, don't you think? :)

Diva, thank you!

Marianna, so you should start making cookies, I'm sure they would turn out amazing!

Pete, I'll be calling you next time. :)

Mary, thank you so much for your kind words!

Hi, darling! Yay, indeed! I had been wanting it for such a long time... :)

myfrenchkitchen said...

I would love to one of these cookies right now! It is time for "gouter" (teatime) here and I have an outrageous craving for chocolate!
ronell

Evelin said...

I've been wanting to try these for a long time! They really DO look outrageously good!

jasmine said...

Really like the wrinkly-cracks on their surfaces. They look delicious.


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Gattina said...

Pat, these cookies look like crunchy with a bit of chewy texture inside (?) really sound outrageously delicious!
I have a friend like Paulo, very kind, helped when all sort of technical (usually the biggest/ the most disastrous) problems.

steph- whisk/spoon said...

those look outrageously good! they'd satisfy any chocolate craving!

Emiline said...

They're beautiful! So soft, shiny and crinkly looking.

Suzana said...

Patrícia, not only they look great, but they sound delicious as well! And so beautifully photographed. :)

Patricia Scarpin said...

Ronell, these would go great with your tea. :)

Evelin, go ahead and try them!

Jasmine, thank you, dear!

Gattina, they look like brownies on the inside, sweetie.

Steph, thank you! They would!

Emiline, thank you, darling!

Suzana, I'm glad you feel this way - your blog is so amazing! Tks!

nicisme said...

Oooooh, you got a new laptop - that's so exciting!
And I bet Paulo was really happy to get to tuck into these full o choc cookies, I know I would be!!

Deborah said...

This is definitely the best kind of thank you!!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

I just got a new laptop too! But I didn't get any chocolate cookies. :(

Jaime said...

what a great thank you gift :) i'm more of a fan of chocolate in cookies instead of chocolate cookies, but yours look so scrumptious i'm not sure i could turn them down!

Jeanne said...

Holy guacamole! Look at those! They look kind of like prehistoric chocolate, as if these were the chocolate cookies that first walked out of the swamp and said "I'm gonna go and find me a wrapper"! What a lovely trade - IT skills for chocolate cookies :)

Mrs Ergül said...

These cookies are amazing just by looking! I'm definitely gonna make these!

CRasH180 said...

I made these cookies when I discovered this recipe or a similar recope on Martha Stewart's web site. The plain chocolate cookies are wonderful. Sometimes, I substitute some Reeses Peanut Butter chips (4oz) for about half of the chocolate chips. They give the cookie a different, but good flavor.

Kevin E.

Anonymous said...

tried making according to ur recipe, but didn't turn out as in the picture.. the butter part was sizzling inside the oven, and the cookie blob didn't expand widthwise

blueberry fairy said...

Dear Patricia, I absolutely adore your blog! I've baked these cookies and put the recipe on the blog I just started:

http://blueberryfairysbaking.blogspot.com/2010/12/outrageous-chocolate-cookies.html

The recipe is perfect and so are your pictures!:) Thank you!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Hi, Blueberry Fairy! (what a lovely "name" you have!) ;)
You are far too kind! Tks for letting me know how the recipe turned out!
xx

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