recipe, sweet

Double Chocolate Dream Cookies

Cookies are one of my favourite treats- they’re perfectly portioned (large is a portion!) and can come in a variety of textures and flavours. But one particular kind of cookie always seemed lackluster to me: double chocolate cookies.
You would think that a cookie with cocoa in the batter and chunks of melty chocolate throughout would make my heart pitter-patter. But I always found this particular kind somewhat boring and lacking in flavour. That is, until I challenged myself to make a deliciously flavourful double chocolate cookie that would put its bland reputation to shame.

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I used the best cocoa powder I could find, and delved into my stash of high quality chocolate wafers. But I think the key ingredient was salted butter. You know those who say you should only bake with unsalted butter? Yeah, they’re wrong. The proof is in the cookie.

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So now I can proudly say that I do, in fact, adore double chocolate cookies. Particularly when they’re made just right.

Double Chocolate Dream Cookies

Ingredients:

– 1/2 cup salted butter, room temperature
– 1/2 cup granulated sugar
– 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
– 2 eggs
– 1 tsp vanilla extract or hazelnut extract
– 1 cup plus 2 tbsp flour
– 1/3 cup high quality cocoa powder
– 2 tsp baking powder
– 1 cup semi- or bitter-sweet chocolate, chopped into chunks (I prefer 0.5 -1 inch pieces)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350F. In a large bowl mix the butter and sugars together until fluffy, then add in the eggs and vanilla extract. Mix until combined.
2. In a medium sized bowl, stir together the flour, cocoa powder, and baking powder. Add to the wet ingredients, mixing just until combined. Add your chocolate chunks, stir, and then drop the dough into 2 tbsp rounds onto an un-greased cookie sheet.
3. Bake for about 8 minutes or just until they start to appear drier around the edges. Allow to cool for about 4. minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack.

Makes 16 generous cookies.

Chef’s note: Store in an air-tight container. Also, these cookies make killer ice cream sandwiches!