Friday, July 3, 2009

Better-than-Brownie-Cookies

Better than brownie cookies / Cookies melhores do que brownies

I was really sad a few days ago... My sister is growing up and doesn’t care about me anymore – the sister who, as a little girl, would be around me 24/7; the same sister who would grab my legs if I got the car keys. Feeling her so distant breaks me heart... :õ(

But life brings us great surprises – one day after calling my sis and hearing “I’m busy now” I met a reader of the blog that put a smile on my face: she’s 17 and adorable! She’s one of my coworker's daughter and wanted to meet me while dropping by the office. Her name is Marina and she made me blush with so many kind words about the blog. After that I even got a lovely email and a beautiful book. I’ve told her mom that I would like to “adopt” Marina as my little sister. :D

I made these cookies for her (after my macaron disaster) as a way to thank her for being so generous.

Marina, dear, it was a great joy meeting you and your tenderness made my heart warm again.
xoxo

Better than brownie cookies / Cookies melhores do que brownies

Better-than-Brownie-Cookies
slightly adapted from here

1 1/3 cups (233g) dark chocolate, 70% cocoa solids or more, chopped
2 tablespoons (28g) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 eggs
2/3 cup (134g) sugar – I used vanilla infused sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ cup (35g) all purpose flour
¼ teaspoon baking powder
1 cup (175g) dark chocolate chunks or chips

Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF; line two large baking sheets with baking paper.

Melt the 1 1/3 cups chocolate with the butter in a small saucepan over low heat – stir constantly until smooth. Set aside to cool for 5 minutes. Mix eggs, vanilla and sugar in a medium bowl. Combine thoroughly. Set aside.
Sift flour and baking powder together in a small bowl.
Add melted chocolate mixture to the egg mixture and slowly add your dry ingredients. When stirred, add the cup of chocolate chunks/chips and stir.

Scoop 1 ½ tablespoons of dough onto prepared sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until they are firm on the outside (dough loses its sheen). Leave to cool completely on sheets.

Makes about 18

40 comments:

Parita said...

No words!! I am gonna try these this weekend, wish me luck! loved them!

Deborah said...

These are going on my "to make" list!

Snooky doodle said...

oh these look so good. I m imagining their luscious taste. yummy

culinography said...

Ohhh... these look SO good! I may have to give them a whirl this weekend!

Valerina said...

I was about to make a fudgy mocha brownie but then I saw this recipe! Hmm...These look so good. Maybe I'll do both. It is a holiday weekend after all. :)
Thanks for the recipe. If I make them I'll post the pics on my blog.

oneordinaryday said...

Oh, this is torture. I am itching for something rich and chocolaty your gorgeous photo has me drooling.
Michelle

Lindsay said...

Mmm, chocolate. :)

Arundathi said...

gosh they look absolutely decadently delicious!! have to make these. thanks for the recipe.

Mary and Sean said...

These look lovely, but one question to clarify please...is the dark chocolate sweetened or unsweetened?

gine said...

mmmmm ... those cookies look amazing ^^ .. have a great weekend, XOXO

Peabody said...

Yum! I need to find me some milk to have with these awesome looking cookies.

Pam said...

What lovely cookies.

I'm sure you're little sis will need you again, soon. My youngest daughter (she's 19) is going through this phase, and I know that if I just ride it out, she'll get back to normal eventually!

Lucy said...

Ooooh gorgeous! Cookie and brownie - Mmm! :D

birdutmasali said...

mmmmm.
veryyyy nicee....
:))))
have a nice weekends

Manggy said...

Aw, Marina's so nice! Now I know what to do to get a big batch of these fantastic cookies. My jaw literally dropped when I saw the second picture.

eatme_delicious said...

I love cookies like this! Delicious.

anna said...

Ooh, I really love chocolate cookies with very little flour like these. They look so fudgy and good!

just-a-mom said...

Made these tonight and they were fabulous. Two of these and I had hit my dark chocolate limit (a rare thing for me, let me assure you!).

Thanks so much!

KJ said...

Patricia, I'm sure your sister loves you, just like she always has. We don't always show it as much as we should.

As for these cookies, well just YUM!

just-a-mom said...

I will not go get another cookie. I will not go get another cookie.

WHY ME! I suck at self-discipline.

Ramya Kiran said...

Wow, they look yummy.

Michelle said...

These look incredibly rich and delicious! What a nice girl and I'm glad she was able to lift your spirits!

Joy said...

Good god, temptation at midnight! Nooo... :p These look absolutely delicious.

myfrenchkitchen said...

Beautiful photography with stunningly clear detail..makes your mouth water!
ronell

Anita said...

Better than brownies... well they're certainly hard to beat... but the cookies do look delicious. Great story too - I hope your "little sister" liked them :)

Patricia Scarpin said...

Parita, I hope you like them!

Deb, these are really good!

Natalie, thank you!

Michelle, let me know what you think, please?

Valerina, tks for stopping by! I'd love to see yours photos.

Michelle, tks for visiting!

Lindsay, oh, yeah. :D

Arundathi, thank you for commenting!

Mary and Sean, tks for visiting! I used a 70% cocoa solids chocolate.

Gine, thank you, darling!
xx

Pea, you are right - these really call for some milk!
Thank you, sweetie!

Pam, I'm relieved to read your comment, tks for sharing your thoughts with me, dear!
xx

Lucy, thank you!

Birdutmasali, thank you!

Mark, Marina is a dear! And so are you!

Ashley, thank you!

Anna, they are kind of creamy, aren't they?

Just a mom, thank you for letting me know!

KJ, you are right, it's just that I really miss her!
Thank you for your kind words, darling.

Just a mom, ;)

Ramya, thank you for stopping by!

Michelle, she is very sweet and lovely!
Thank you!

Joy, thank you, darling! I did not mean to tempt you. ;)

Ronell, thank you! I'm glad you like these!

Anita, my "little sister" loved them, and so did her brother, I heard! :)
Tks for visiting and for you kind words!

Julia @ Mélanger said...

Chocolate? Say no more! These are fabulous. I must have some. :)

Deeba @Passionate About Baking said...

3 cheers for Marina. How good she is! And lucky too, to get something as gorgeous as these made in her honour! WOW...these are slam dunk indulgent!!

Ash said...

woah! I gotta try these!!! These just look like the ultimate chocolatly goodness!

culinography said...

Patricia! These are WONDERFUL cookies! I made them last week for a work event... and then slathered ice cream in between the last couple this weekend. YUM!

http://culinography.wordpress.com/2009/07/12/better-than-brownie-cookies-and-better-than-that-ice-cream-sandwiches/

Thanks so much for a great recipe!!

mona said...

The cookies look yum!

Anna said...

I made these the other day and they were so gorgeous! Yours look much nicer though :)

Laura said...

I just made these and am quite disappointing that they turned out very different to yours (looks wise). They ended up super flat and huuuuuuuuuuuge.
I'm wondering if maybe more than 1/4 cup of flour is needed?
The mixture was very runny (but tasted good).

Patricia Scarpin said...

Hi, Anna!
I'm so glad to hear that, tks for letting me know!

Laura, I'm so sorry to hear that... the recipe calls for just a little flour, and the batter is supposed to firm up a little as soon as the chocolate is cooled. Were you able to shape them correctly? Maybe the oven was too hot...

Crystal Ann said...

OMG! These cookies are amazing! They really are better than brownies! Everyone that tried them, were in love right away! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! I will use it for life!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Hi, Crystal Ann!
Thank YOU for letting me know how they turned out, I'm glad to hear everyone liked the cookies!

HappyFroggy said...

Wow, I immediately tried them yesterday evening. Perfect recipe!
I posted the result on my blog (with a link to your recipe obviously)
Thank you!!
Xoxo
Juliette

Claire said...

I had the same problem as Laura, I think it could be that while 1/4 cup of water is 34g, a 1/4 cup of flour is heavier. I found that when I added a few more tablespoons of flour and a little more baking powder the mixture was less viscous. DIspite this they were still lovely and the batch didn't last the evening!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Juliette, thank you! I'm glad the recipe worked out for you!
xx

Claire, thank you for your info - I'm sure it will be useful to the other readers.
It was lovely knowing you liked the cookies, tks!

Anonymous said...

Hi I tried it n had d same prob w Claire... The whole thing just spreaded out n become this huge thing... So the other half, I added a bit more flour ... It spreaded out again but wasn't as bad as the 1st tray... Then i put some into cupcake liners... Think will need to add more flour to make it spread less... tasted awesome anyhow! :)

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