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Friday, August 03, 2007

Because Some Days You Just Need A Lot of Chocolate

Today is one of those days. A bit of a chocolate pick-me-up (no, I'm not making tiramisu, but that would be really good as well) is required to get on with the day. A cookie, not just any sort of chocolate cookie but a super chocolate cookie, an able-to-leap-tall-glasses-of-milk-in-a-single-bound kind of cookie,. Today calls for....

Double Chocolate Espresso Cookies (the name is a bit lacking, I know, maybe I'll come up with something more brilliant after I've eaten a few of these) Inspired by a rather blah day:

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup dutch process cocoa powder
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp coarse sea salt (you can use 1 tsp regular salt, but I was looking for a bit o' salty crunch to these)
16 ounces semi sweet chocolate, chopped, melted and set aside to cool a bit
4 large eggs
1 Tbsp vanilla extract (or vanilla bean paste)
2 Tbsp instant espresso powder (more if you like, sadly I can only do caffeine in very small doses or get sick)
6 ounces (12 Tbsp or 1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature
1 1/2 cup packed brown sugar (I used dark because that's what I usually have on hand)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup chocolate chips (optional, if you really really want a good chocolate kick in the tookus. This will make these triple chocolate boring name cookies)
1 cup chopped nuts (again, optional)
-Preheat oven to 350f. Line 2 sheet pans with parchment.
-Whisk together the flour, cocoa, and baking powder, set aside.
-Cream the butter for about 1 minute, add the sugars and mix well. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well to incorporate after each addition. Mix in the vanilla and espresso powder.
-Add the chocolate in a stream and mix well.
-Mix in the flour mixture and combine until the flour just disappears. Fold in the sea salt, chocolate chips and nuts.
-Allow the batter to sit for about 20 minutes or so (this allows it to set up a bit and makes for easier scooping).
-Scoop out the batter with a tablespoon or a small cookie scoop leaving 1 inch between each cookie. Bake for about 10 minutes, let cool on the sheet pan for 10 minutes, and then remove from the tray and finish cooling on a rack (you can also slide the parchment off of the sheet pan onto a cooling rack so you can scoop more cookies). The resulting cookie is cracked and chewy on the outside, soft, chocolatey and salty on the inside. This ended up making a lot of cookies, which you can store in the freezer in an airtight container.

Get yourself a big tall glass of milk and get to dunking! Oh yeah, and I'm renaming them Salty Triple Chocolate Kick in the Arse Cookies!
Happy Baking!

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Jerry said...

They sound exactly like the chocolate cookies that were on Giada's show today, but I bet yours are better!

Jen the Bread Freak said...

Hmmm, I'll have to have a look at the FN website to see if I can find them (I've kind of stopped watching that channel for a few months)! Thanks! :D

Anonymous said...

My mom is looking for a simple (so no melting, or extra flour than just plain ol' bread flour) chocolate chip cookie recipe that makes them spread when cooking. All the recipes she tries seems to make them clumpy and not spready (technical eh?). Do you have any like that? Or is her cookie making just crap? (entirely possible if you've tried her carrots) :) Oh wise one.

Abby said...

Amen to the just needing chocolate - those look fab. I'll have to try them myself!

Cinara said...

Oh my God!!! These cookies are simply sinful, Jen! I just loved everything about them... I've added this recipe to my to make real soon! Thanks for sharing!

Jen the Bread Freak said...

Beautifulcheese: I hope that the stuff about baking powder and baking soda and butter vs. shortening helps a little. It could even be something with the method she uses that makes the cookies puff more than spread. Heh, I'm not wise :P.

Abby: Thank you so much!

Cinara: I hope you get the chance to make them soon! The recipe does make quite a few cookies, We've got them in the freezer right now :D.

Cookie baker Lynn said...

Totally awesome cookies! This is what a chocolate cookie is meant to be. Yummmm.

Jen the Bread Freak said...

Thank you, Lynn! I was very happy with how they turned out :D

eatme_delicious said...

Yum! I just bought a chocolate espresso cookie from one of my favourite bakeries. I'd love to try out this recipe!

Deb said...

These cookies are freakin AWESOME!! Thanks! :-)

Jen the Bread Freak said...

Thank you, Deb! I'm glad you like them :D