Easy chocolate chocolate chip cookies
I am not as masterful a baker or a cook as the other Culinarian-ites, but I do pride myself on being able to make myself a yummy sweet when I want to using whatever ingredients I already have around the house. In fact, one night several years ago Lo sighed and said she wished we had brownies. I told her I'd make some. She protested, "But we don't have any brownie mix." Ha ha ha ... (She was really far too impressed when I raided our cabinets and concocted some brownie mix from scratch. But I enjoyed my little Betty Crocker moment nonentheless.)
Anyway, my desire to make what I want using what I have readily available in the apartment (and my desire to avoid going to the store) is how I happened upon this recipe for chocolate chocolate chip cookies at Allrecipes.com. I had chocolate chips and I had cocoa, but I had no other chocolate in the house. So, I found this recipe. (Credit goes to Kathy Brandt.) Here it is mostly as it appears at the link but with a few other notes.
1 c butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 c all-purpose flour
2/3 cup cocoa powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 bag chocolate chips
(1/2 cup chopped walnuts are optional--I rarely add nuts or raisins to my cookies because I aim to please the masses and quite a large percentage of the masses will not taste a cookie if it has nuts or raisins in it... but obviously, to your tastes.)
1. In large bowl, beat together butter, eggs and vanilla iuntil light and fluffy.
2. In smaller bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt.
3. Gradually stir the flour mixture into the large bowl until well blended. Then mix in the chocolate chips (and walnuts if you wanna).
4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees C). Use a teaspoon to shape the cookies and drop them onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
5. Recipe says to bake them for 8-10 minutes, but mine took longer, especially the first batch. Check them often so they don't burn, but in my oven, it was about 15 minutes per batch.
6. When done, cool briefly on cookie sheets and then remove them to cool on wire racks. (Optional if you don't have wire racks, of course. I've made cookies for over a decade and only got the wire racks 7 years ago.)
This recipe yields a chewy and very rich cookie. So, Cali, here's another "death by chocolate" suggestion for ya.