Thick and Chewy Double Chocolate Cookies

Thick and chewy double chocolate cookies are the perfect homemade gift for Valentines day. The first bite of  this incredibly decadent cookie will have you reaching for more. These cookies are what we crave-warm from the oven, soft, chewy and rich! Pair these ooey-gooey cookies with a glass of milk and they will soon become one of your favorites.

Since Valentines day falls on a Monday this year, my husband Andrew and I are celebrating tonight. Every year Andrew surprises me on where we go to dinner. He just tells me what time the reservations are for. Last year we went to one of my favorite restaurants in Indianapolis, Meridian Restaurant and Bar. The food there is incredible and the desserts-don’t get me started! :) I am excited to see what plans Andrew has for us tonight. What are your plans this Valentines Day?

Thick and Chewy Double Chocolate Cookies

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 16 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee or espresso powder
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 1/4 sticks), softened but still firm
  • 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt; set aside. In a medium heatproof bowl set over pan of almost-simmering water, melt chocolate, stirring once or twice, until smooth; remove from heat. In a small bowl, beat eggs and vanilla lightly with fork, sprinkle espresso powder over to dissolve, and set aside.
  2. In bowl of standing mixer fitted with paddle attachment, beat butter at medium speed until smooth and creamy, about 5 seconds. Beat in sugars until combined, about 45 seconds; mixture will look granular. Reduce speed to low and gradually beat in egg mixture until incorporated, about 45 seconds. Add chocolate in steady stream and beat until combined, about 40 seconds. Scrape bottom and sides of bowl with rubber spatula. With mixer at low speed, add flour mixture and mix until combined, about 40 seconds. Do not overbeat. Cover with plastic wrap and let stand at room temperature until consistency is scoopable and fudgelike, about 30 minutes.
  3. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Using a 1 ¾ inch diameter ice cream scoop, drop dough onto parchment-lined baking sheets spacing 1 1/2-inches between each.
  4. 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.
  5. Cool cookies on sheets about 10 minutes, slide parchment with cookies onto wire rack and cool to room temperature; remove with wide metal spatula.

Source: The New Best Recipe

20 Responses to “Thick and Chewy Double Chocolate Cookies”

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    musketnuss — February 11, 2011 @ 7:57 am

    Those look absolutely great! I love the first photo. Thanks for sharing!

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    Lindsay @Eat, Knit, Grow — February 11, 2011 @ 8:17 am

    Yum! Great cookies! The pictures look amazing! Delicious

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    Nina — February 11, 2011 @ 8:38 am

    Ohhh Christina! Those look so delicious!!! Another perfect treat for VD. I have always found that espresso with chocolate really takes the flavor to a whole new level and produces a much better result. I bet these are great cookies–Yum! xo

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    Linda — February 11, 2011 @ 9:14 am

    Thanks Christina! Now I know what I’m making for hubby for Valentine’s Day!

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    Junia @ Mis Pensamientos — February 11, 2011 @ 9:21 am

    oh deary, i’m so making this for my friends and family!!!

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    alisueonthemove — February 11, 2011 @ 10:04 am

    These look amazing, and I am only missing one ingredient to make them! You have now given me great debate if I should give up my pj bum day and go out for the missing chocolate. I will for sure be making these for our up coming bake sale at work. Thank you so much for sharing!

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    Happy When Not Hungry — February 11, 2011 @ 10:27 am

    These cookies look delicious! I love the presentation too!

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    Mary — February 11, 2011 @ 10:55 am

    These really look exceptionally good. The Cook’s Illustrated recipes are terrific and your presentation of the cookies is perfect. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

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    Lucie — February 11, 2011 @ 11:12 am

    Perfect! Your photo is really beautiful and sure seems to do these cookies justice!

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    briarrose — February 11, 2011 @ 3:11 pm

    Mmm….double chocolate…so good! Wonderful gift idea.

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    This Italian Family — February 11, 2011 @ 3:20 pm

    These look truly delicious!

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    kathleen — February 11, 2011 @ 3:43 pm

    Oh man these look and sound delish. You can never have too much chocolate!

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    Amanda @ bakingwithoutabox — February 11, 2011 @ 5:11 pm

    Oh yes please to those cookies! Hope y’all’s early Valentine’s goes great. I’m baking for hubs on Sunday and he’s taking me out for my favorite big salad. At one of those swank places that uses cloth napkins.

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    sensiblecooking — February 11, 2011 @ 6:44 pm

    The cookies look perfect Christina, the only problem is once I make it I don’t know how to stop me from eating it all. Maybe I should share some with someone :)

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    Angela — February 11, 2011 @ 8:41 pm

    I had to include one of your awesome recipes on my Valentine’s Day blogroll today:)

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    Anoop Negi — February 12, 2011 @ 2:12 am

    this cookie article is great.

    Thanks for liking my photos of Kerala and Goa etc at Thomas blog Anoop Negi Eye Poppers

    http://kitchen-morph.blogspot.com/2011/01/anoop-negis-eye-poppers.html

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    Lisa @ Tarte du Jour — February 12, 2011 @ 8:36 am

    These cookies look luscious! My husband and I always celebrate VDay a couple days before also because on the actual day we are so exhausted after all the kids parties at school etc.!

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    The Food Hound — February 13, 2011 @ 8:30 am

    I love chocolate cookies!! Hope you had a fabulous night out and got all the desserts you wanted!

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    Sara — February 14, 2011 @ 12:53 am

    I hope you had a fun evening celebrating! These cookies look absolutely wonderful – rich and fudgy, the best combination.

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