Sunday, August 9, 2009

Double Chocolate Cookies

When this recipe said that these would taste like a mixture of cookies and brownies I wanted to french kiss Julia Child... because that sounds like my idea of heaven.

Seriously though, that's a lot of fucking chocolate:

When you get right down to it... there's a pound of chocolate in these cookies.

I have never before purchased instant coffee. I wasn't even really sure what it looked like. Apparently something like this:

I melted down half of that chocolate while whipping up things in my mixer:

This is the first recipe I remember where they haven't said "or using a hand held mixer"...

Everything was all mixed up and put in the fridge overnight. It was quite the transformation from fluffy chocolate-y marshmallow-y bowl of yummy to this:

All that stuff that looks like it's dripping down the sides? It's just frozen in time there. Totally hard. The dough itself, and I have a hard time calling it that, was mostly just hard on top and then it was pliable under that surface.

Let's be real. Basically this is melted chocolate, re-hardened and melted again into cookie shape. It's a POUND of chocolate. Did I mention that?

I was quite serious with my measuring. I didn't want to end up with one giant cookie. Because I'd eat it. By myself. In two seconds. And no one wants to see what I look like after eating a POUND of chocolate in two seconds.

My pictures are getting progressively worse because normally I rely on natural sunlight in my shots. This is what it looked like outside:

So after measuring and baking I was to rotate 5 minutes after putting them in the oven. This is what the cookies looked like half baked:

Honestly, I know this is a food blog and all... but if you took that and put it on the floor... I would take my dog to the vet.

I think the detailed directions of what the cookies should look like made me overcook my first batch. I kept waiting for them to fall, instead they stayed all puffy... until I took them out of the oven. Also while scooping dough in from the bottom of my bowl I noticed there was flour visible around all the chocolate chunks. Which surprisingly didn't affect the taste at all. I think I ate about 6 of these today. If they weren't making me feel nauseous I'd eat the rest because they are exactly a cross between cookies and brownies - heaven.

Double Chocolate Cookies

Adapted from "Baking With Julia"

½ cup all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
12 ounces bittersweet chocolate, cut into larger than chip size chunks
1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
4 large eggs, at room temperature
1½ cups sugar
1½ tablespoons instant coffee powder
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl and set aside until needed. Divide the bittersweet chocolate in half and set half aside.

2. Place the butter, the remaining bittersweet chocolate, and the unsweetened chocolate in the top of a double boiler over, but not touching, simmering water. Heat the mixture, stirring occasionally, until the butter and chocolates are melted and smooth. Remove from the heat.

3. Meanwhile, put the eggs, sugar, coffee and vanilla in the bowl of a mixer fitted with the whisk attachment and beat at high speed for about 10 minutes, until the mixture is very thick and forms a slowly dissolving ribbon when the whisk is lifted and the mixture is allowed to drizzle back into the bowl.

4. With the mixer on low speed, very gradually add the warm butter-chocolate mixture. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and work your rubber spatula around the bottom of the bowl, then continue to mix just until the chocolate is thoroughly incorporated. Add the dry ingredients and the remaining bittersweet chocolate chunks and mix thoroughly. The mixture will look like a thick, marshmallowy cake batter.

5. Chilling the dough: Cover the bowl with plastic and chill for several hours, or overnight. The dough can be made ahead and kept refrigerated for up to 4 days.

6. Baking the cookies: When you are ready to bake, position the racks to divide the oven into thirds and preheat the oven to 350˚F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.

7. Using a heaping tablespoon of dough for each cookie, drop the dough onto the lined sheets, leaving at least 2 inches of space between each mound of dough – these are spreaders. Bake the cookies for 10 to 12 minutes, rotating the pans front to back and top to bottom halfway through the baking period. The cookies will puff, then sink and crinkle and wrinkle around the edges. These cookies are better underdone than overbaked, so if you have any doubts, pull them out of the oven earlier rather than later. These shouldn’t appear dry and they won’t be crisp. Use a wide metal spatula to transfer the cookies to cooling racks to cool to room temperature. Repeat with the remaining dough.

8. Storing: The cookies can be wrapped in plastic and kept at room temperature for 2 days or frozen for up to a month. Thaw, still wrapped, at room temperature.


  1. I am in favour of ANY recipe for delicious cookies you have to make. I say we change up this julia thing to just be various cookies :)

  2. Kristina hasn't updated her blog yet, but she did make these the other day. Holy crap they are good! They make me so sick and yet I can't stay away. I'm scared for when we're down to the last cookie. I don't think either of us are going to be all polite and not take it. We'll have to put the knives in storage because one of us will get stabbed. The stabber will totally get away with it too; provided that their lawyer can persuade the judge to allow samples of the cookies to be shared with the jury. Once they try the cookies they'll understand and agree that it was the right thing to do. None of this, "temporary insanity" stuff. A full pardon! Maybe even a medal! They're that good!

  3. And me, I ate the last FIVE cookies when Craig wasn't home. He's totally going to kill me in my sleep.

  4. I didn't because I had two cookies for lunch before Kim got home. Do I still get a medal?