Thursday, January 7, 2010

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Our boys love to bake, so we try to find a project for them at least once a week.  This week, we gave them Carole Walter's Great Cookies and told them to pick ten recipes that looked good.  After heated negotiation to narrow down the choices and a controversial vote that required multi-variable calculus to tally, the winner was the Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe.  These cookies are dense and fudgy, and should be served with a warning label that reads "must love chocolate".  That being said, this is a great recipe for kids, requiring very little parental assistance.  And the dough keeps well in the refrigerator, so you can bake just a few at a time if (like us) you need to have fresh-baked cookies every night before going to bed.

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies
adapted from Carole Walter's Great Cookies


1              cup        unbleached A.P. flour
2              Tbs        Dutch-processed cocoa powder
1              tsp          baking powder
1/4           tsp          salt
8              oz           bittersweet chocolate (we used El Rey Bucare)
1/2           cup         butter
3/4           cup         sugar
1/2           cup         dark brown sugar
2                             eggs
2               Tbs         hot water
1 1/2         tsp          vanilla
12             oz           semisweet chocolate chips

  1. Combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt.
  2. Melt chocolate in the microwave.  Go in 30-second increments, stirring after each cycle.  As chocolate gets closer to being totally melted, use 15-second blasts, stirring after each cycle.   Don't overdo it or the chocolate will burn.
  3. Cream butter until smooth.  Add sugar and combine well.  Add brown sugar and combine well.
  4. Add eggs one at a time, scraping sides and bottom of bowl each time.
  5. Add melted chocolate and just combine.  Then mix in hot water and vanilla.
  6. Add half of the dry, beat until just combined.  Repeat with other half.  Add chocolate chips and mix on low until evenly distributed.
  7. Wrap and refrigerate dough for several hours.
  8. Scoop out balls of dough (which will be really hard to do -- the kids will need help here).  Dough will be crumbly and messy, but form balls by hand and place on silpat-lined sheet pan.  When all the balls are formed, flatten well with your hand -- they won't spread much.
  9. Bake in convection oven at 350° until cookies are no longer shiny and lightened in color, about 12 minutes.
  10. Our boys don't like nuts in their cookies, but we do.  You can add chopped walnuts to some of the dough for the grown-ups.


  1. These look really delicious! It is so great that your kids are cooking. It gives them exposure and appreciation for all things homemade.

  2. Lovely cookies, I love them with macadamia nuts or pistachios.

  3. So typical of kids to choose something like that!Good to see you've got the kids in the kitchen too. Hope to get there someday.

  4. Yum! I think if you were going to bake a cookie or two every night, I'd smell them baking and I, too, would *need* one every night before going to bed! How addictive!

  5. A chocolate cookie heaven! I would love to make these with my daughter!

  6. Yum... :) I ♥ your chocolate chocolate chip cookies!

  7. Chocolate heaven! hehe. Definitely on my list of cookies to bake.

  8. You don't post sweets too often but when you do ... wooowee!

  9. I haven't had a single cookie during the holidays! I don't know why... I was too busy I guess... So now that I read your post and see this sinfully-chocolaty recipe, I feel like it's time for me to indulge! Fresh baked cookies every night before going to bed? Not a bad idea indeed... :-)

  10. Awesome that you're stressing the value of homemade food to your kids. That's what my mom did, and look how I turned out... ahem... Okay, so next time maybe you'll want to pick up some Oreos ;)

    These look fudge-ilicious!

  11. Man your killing me, chocolate paradise. Ha ha great recipe


  12. They're always welcome at any time of the year.

  13. How did I miss this post yesterday? Mmmm--totally up my alley with the chocolate--they look perfect!

  14. ooo yum! I've been meaning to make some more chocolate chip cookies with my little one and these sound perfect :D


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