Monday, November 18, 2013

TWD-Double Chocolate Cookies

Chocolate Craze

Sometimes I wonder, do I really need another cookie recipe in my life?  And then I ask myself, 'who are you and what have you done with Sandra?'.  Afterwards, I thank myself for the little chat, and proceed to make the cookie recipe. (I'm nothing, if not polite.)  That's a lie, the conversation generally ends with, 'don't be stupid, of course you need another cookie recipe!'  Never bake angry, folks.

So this recipe has two chocolates in it:  Bittersweet and unsweetened.  They had me at bittersweet.  Oh and the recipe calls for a whole pound of this chocolate mix.  A pound!!  That's cray, cray!  I think I read that this is more like a brownie than a cookie (A brownie in cookie form).  I know, it keeps sounding  better all the time (and I'm not even a big brownie lover).  But I can imagine a world where the brownies are cookie size and the cookies taste like brownies.  Is it just me, or can everyone hear 'What a wonderful world'?  I refuse to be alone in this.  One moment please. 

I really love it, when one of these Baking With Julia recipes is easy.  It feels like winning the lottery (I assume).  Generally, this is the moment when I re-read the recipe, sure that I've missed crucial instructions that say to leave the mixture for two days before baking. (Not this time!!)  My fellow Tuesday's with Dorie gang know what I mean.  This only involves chilling the cookie dough for a few hours or leaving it overnight.  And I'm a big fan of making cookie dough the day before and baking the next day.  It is such a joy to bring cookies out of the oven and not have a ton of clean up (since the clean up was taken care of the night before).  Baking magic.

Darn, I don't have all the ingredients.  Ran out of unsweetened chocolate making this.  Guess I'll have to make a trip to my favourite store, Grace in the Kitchen.  Yes,yes, grocery stores sell chocolate (don't tell the hubbie)...but so does Grace in the Kitchen...and well, I get so much more enjoyment going to this store than a grocery store.  I'm like a kid in a candy store there....staring wide eyed at everything and not sure what to look at first!  Oh and I just got a 30% off (one item) coupon from them.  It would be wrong not to go.  And I don't like being wrong...or being put in a corner.  (Me and Baby have that in common.)

So I didn't find unsweetened chocolate (figured an 85% chocolate would suffice in place of unsweetened).

But I did get to use my 30% off coupon for this lovely Marble Pastry Board.  Granted, I don't need to use it for this recipe...but just look at's beautiful!  And I'm sure will make my pastry making experience better. 

Okay, time to get this recipe started.

Ingredients have all been measured out and are at the ready.

Half of the bittersweet chocolate, along with the unsweetened chocolate and butter get melted.

While that is being melted, I will mix the eggs, sugar, coffee and vanilla together.

Hold the phone...after re-reading the instructions, I should be whisking these ingredients...whisk attachment has been called in.  D'oh!

Okay, after that little mishap I need to whisk this for about 10 minutes, until the mixture turns thick. 

Next, the melted chocolate mixture gets blended in. 
And finally, the flour and remaining bittersweet chocolate gets mixed into the batter.
This is totally a brownie batter!  Look how thick that is.  I swear I could just pour this into a square pan and bake it like a brownie.  I won't...but I could!
Time to chill for a spell.
After a night in the fridge, this cookie dough has an almost gelato like consistency.  And I kinda just want to eat a scoop of it.  I won't...but I could!

The recipe says these spread when baking, so I'm going to limit the number of cookies per tray...'cause I really don't like it when my cookies meld not cool.

Fresh out of the oven and cooling on the rack.  They look good!  The recipe does indicate that they will be puffy right out of the oven and then sink.

Glossy, chocolate goodness.

Seriously, full of chocolate!

 Holy chocolatey, Batman...that has to be a brownie.  No Robin, it's a cookie.

 These are crazy chocolatey.  If you love chocolate brownies, you will love these cookies.  Wow.  Hope the co-workers are ready for a chocolate buzz!!
Head on over to Tuesday's with Dorie to see how the rest of the gang liked these cookies.


  1. Not only have you baked gorgeous chocolately cookies but also "gained" a beautiful pastry board. This recipe is definitely a win-win recipe ;-)
    We loved them, too.

  2. Do you KNOW what you have just done to me??? I just called my husband to have him pick up chocolate on the way home. I want to eat my computer screen right now! Aaahhhgggg!!!

  3. That pastry board is beautiful! Nice cookies.

  4. Good looking cookies! They are delish. I love my marble pastry board. A word of caution: Keep anything acidic from it. I have several splotches from spilled lemon juice and the like. (I keep mine out on the counter.)

  5. Agreed- cookie or brownie? Who cares! They are awesome, right?!

  6. chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate topped off with batman and robin-you hit this one out of the park!

  7. I agree, LOVE that new board! And the cookies look pretty good, too! ;)

  8. Okay, now I want that marble pastry board! Your step-by-step and mise en place are fab, and your cookies are beauties!

  9. Sandra, your Double Chocolate Cookies look like utter bliss! They turned out perfect, shiny and amazing looking!
    So nice that we all seem to have liked this wonderful recipe!
    Have a great week!

  10. Your cookies look delicious (and beautiful displayed on your new marble pastry slab.) I didn't resist the impulse to eat small spoonfuls of the a chocolate truffle.

  11. You are nicer than I am! After tasting them I didn't want to share with co-workers :-) I just got a marble slab too. I'm very excited about it!

  12. These look so delicious! I bet you must be busy getting ready for all your holiday baking. I will try these when I do mine. I love to take a day and bake cookies galore with my sister and package them up for gifts. Yours look so chocolately and dreamy!