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 Tbs hot water
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
12 oz semisweet chocolate chips
- Combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt.
- 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.
- Cream butter until smooth. Add sugar and combine well. Add brown sugar and combine well.
- Add eggs one at a time, scraping sides and bottom of bowl each time.
- Add melted chocolate and just combine. Then mix in hot water and vanilla.
- Add half of the dry, beat until just combined. Repeat with other half. Add chocolate chips and mix on low until evenly distributed.
- Wrap and refrigerate dough for several hours.
- 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.
- Bake in convection oven at 350° until cookies are no longer shiny and lightened in color, about 12 minutes.
- 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.