Double the Chocolate, Double the Fun: Valerie Gordon’s Chocolate Cookies

Holidays and parties for me = an excuse to bake.
I love baking, but I don’t do it in my regular, everyday life because then I inevitably eat five brownies on a Tuesday night and one for breakfast the next morning and the Boy eats three brownies instead of lunch and well, that’s not really a sustainable lifestyle.
So I prefer to save my baking for instances in which there will be many, many people throwing their diets to the wind and rapidly consuming all the evidence.
Case in point: 4th of July, these chocolate cookies.

The recipe for these cookies came from Sweet by Valerie Gordon, who you may recall as being the genius behind the Salted Caramel Pudding Parfaits at our Mediterranean dinner party. They are a relatively straightforward cookie recipe that ends up with a light and thinnish but spectacularly chocolatey cookie.

The dough is a bit wet – mine was almost more of a thick batter – so take very seriously her recommendation to chill it for two-plus hours. Otherwise adorable cookie balls will NOT be happening.

As you can see, some of my cookies made friends with each other during baking and had to be forcibly separated into slightly weird shapes, but it didn’t matter. They were chewy and chocolatey and absolutely full of big chunky chocolate chippy bites that somehow stayed melty-soft even long after they were cooled.

As is tradition, I left the remainders at our hosts’ house, knew that was the correct and healthy decision, and regretted it mightily for the next three days every time I wanted a cookie.

Chocolate Cookies
From Valerie Gordon’s Sweet

These cookies aren’t difficult, but do be aware of the dough-chilling time as that could catch you by surprise (these aren’t last-minute cookies). They are, however, delicious. I found the recipe yields something more around the likes of 36 cookies, but maybe I made mine too big and that’s why a bunch of them ended up touching each other after spreading. If that does happen, gently separate them with a thin spatula or knife just after they come out of the oven.

Yield: 50 Cookies

Ingredients
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
¼ teaspoon baking powder
1½ teaspoon kosher salt
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1½ sugar
1 large egg
1 tablespoon whole milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1½ cups 61-percent bittersweet chocolate chips or bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped

Directions
Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt into a medium bowl. Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or in a large bowl using a handheld mixer), cream the butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add the egg, mixing well. Add the dry ingredients and continue beating until the batter is smooth. Add the milk and vanilla, then add the chocolate chips, beating until combined.

Turn the dough out onto a cool surface, form it into a disk, and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate until firm, approximately 2 hours.

Position the racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven and heat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two heavy, large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners.

Using a 1-ounce scoop, scoop the dough onto the lined baking sheets, spacing the cookies 2 inches apart, or use a measuring spoon to scoop heaping tablespoons of dough on to the sheets. Let the dough come to room temperature.

Bake the cookies for 11 minutes, or until they lose their shine. Let cool on the baking sheets on cooling racks for 10 minutes.

Using an offset spatula, transfer the cookies to a cooling rack to cool completely.

The cookies can be stored in an airtight container up to 4 days (these cookies are quite fragile and do not freeze well).

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