Thick and Chewy Double Chocolate Cookies
Thick and Chewy Double Chocolate Cookies are rich, brownie-like cookie that is fudgy and decadent. Customize them with your favorite mix in!
I hope everyone is enjoying the start of the holiday season! I’ve been doing some serious baking in preparation for my first annual Christmas Party Open House! I am so excited to finally have a home where I can gather friends and family. This will be our first big party that I am throwing on my own. I had a considerable amount of help from my aunt and mom for Thanksgiving!
I am planning a post to round-up some great holiday recipes from last year, so expect that soon (UPDATE: Check out my Holiday Sweet and Appetizers Recipe Round Up). In the meantime, I thought I’d share these fudge-like cookies, since fudge recipes are so popular around the holidays.
When I was a kid, our local grocery store would always give a free cookie to each child who came to the bakery with his/her parent. We aren’t talking a dinky sample-sized cookie either – these were large bakery cookies! Every once in a while, my mom would let my sister and I get one. My sister would choose a classic, chewy sugar cookie, while my favorite was an equally chewy chocolate-chocolate chip.
I set out to find a really good, chewy chocolate cookie, so of course I turned to my America’s Test Kitchen Cookbook. These cookies were reportedly fudge-like, which sounded great to me. They really reminded me of a fudgy brownie, or just plain fudge, but they have a nice firm exterior with a chewy fudge interior – seriously good.
You can mix in chocolate chips for a true chocolate-chocolate chip cookie, but I skipped that this time around. If you wanted to make these festive, you could even add in some mint chips! (or cinnamon chips, white chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, crushed peppermint, mini marshmallows…. yum!) I wouldn’t do this because of my nut allergy, but I could see Bob loving the addition of peanut butter chips or toffee!
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder (see note)
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon table salt
- 16 ounces semisweet chocolate (chopped)
- 4 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons instant coffee or espresso powder
- 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened but still firm (1 1/4 sticks)
- 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- Sift together flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl; set aside.
- Melt chocolate in a medium heatproof bowl set over pan of barely-simmering water, stirring once or twice, until smooth; remove from heat.
- Beat eggs and vanilla lightly with fork, sprinkle coffee powder over to dissolve, and set aside.
- In the bowl of standing mixer fitted with paddle attachment (or with a hand mixer), beat butter at medium speed until smooth and creamy, about 5 seconds (15 seconds with hand mixer). Beat in sugars until combined, about 45 seconds (1 1/2 minutes with hand mixer); mixture will look granular. Reduce speed to low and gradually beat in egg mixture until incorporated, about 45 seconds (1 1/2 minutes with hand mixer).
- Add chocolate in a steady stream and beat until combined, about 40 seconds (1 minute with hand mixer). Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. With the mixer at low speed, add the flour mixture and mix until combined, about 40 seconds (1 minute with hand mixer). Do not overbeat.
- Cover with plastic wrap, and let stand at room temperature until consistency is scoopable and fudge-like, about 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, adjust oven racks to upper- and lower-middle positions and heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
- Leaving about 1 1/2-inches between each ball, scoop dough onto parchment-lined cookie sheets with 1 3/4-inch diameter ice cream scoop.
- Bake cookies until edges have just begun to set but centers are still very soft, about 10 minutes, turning cookie sheets from front to back and switching from top to bottom racks halfway through baking. Do not overbake!
- Cool cookies on sheets about 10 minutes, slide parchment with cookies onto wire rack and cool to room temperature; remove with wide spatula.