Wednesday, March 17, 2010

200th Post!!! Outrageous Bittersweet Chocolate Chunk Cookies


While I haven't been here as much as I've wanted to lately, I can hardly believe that this is my 200th post! I have always been the type of person that gets incredibly excited about things, does them for a short while, than loses interest. The fact that blogging has become more fulfilling over the last (almost) year is just amazing to me. The food blogging community is truly an incredible thing to be a part of.


These cookies are perhaps the most chocolatey thing I've ever eaten. I've eaten a whole lot of chocolate in my time, so that's really saying something. They are dense, have a brownie-like crust, and are so full of chocolate chunks that they melt in your mouth. In fact, as I was adding the chocolate to the batter, I had a hard time telling which element there was more of.


The batter is supremely easy to make (though is not quite as lightning quick as these lovelies) and could be made gluten free by replacing the flour with cocoa powder.


My mom is probably the toughest baked goods critic around, and she dubbed these the best chocolate cookies she had ever eaten. She said they were better than World Peace Cookies. Better than World Peace Cookies?! Now I don't know that I'm willing to go that far, but they are at least equally as good. They are unbelievable.



Outrageous Bittersweet Chocolate Chunk Cookies
adapted from Martha Stewart

8 ounces roughly chopped bittersweet chocolate
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
2/3 cup unbleached white flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
heaping 1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
12 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped into chip-sized pieces

Preheat oven to 350. Line a baking sheet with parchment, set aside. In a heat-proof bowl placed over a pot of simmering water, melt the 8 ounces of chocolate and butter, stirring occasionally. Meanwhile, combine flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl and set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the eggs and sugar on high until pale and thick, about 3 minutes. Turn mixer to low and add melted chocolate in a thin stream until combined. Add flour mixture and stir until just combined. Using a rubber spatula, fold in chocolate chunks. Drop heaping tablespoons of batter on prepared cookie sheet, 2-3 inches apart. Bake for 12-14 minutes, until cookies are dry and cracked but still soft in the center. Cool on baking sheet for 10 minutes, then transfer on parchment to cooling rack. Repeat with remaining batter. If you want your cookies to be the most attractive, spoon all of the batter out while it is still warm. As it cools it will harden, resulting in a slightly thicker cookie with a little less of a crust. These photos are all cookies made from warm batter.





20 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your 200th post Sarah! Your cookies look decadent and delicious! Definitely another one to add to the list for Shane, the resident chocolate lover :)

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  2. Happy 200th post. May you have many more...especially if thy look like these fantastic cookies!

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  3. Mmmmmmm. I think I might have to make these. =) Congrats on the milestone!!

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  4. Congratulations on your 200th post!! I love your blog, you are an inspiring baker. I am going to make these soon.

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  5. Congrats on 200 posts! This looks like the perfect recipe to celebrate with!

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  6. Congrats on your 200th post!! Keep up the good work. Your blog is awesome! These cookies look wonderful. They actually remind me of ATK's Triple Choc Cookies; barely enough flour to hold the batter together :o)

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  7. 200th!! Congrats!! I am so glad I found you here and on Tweeter. Keep it up!!

    Oh, and those cookies are awesome.

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  8. Cookies look delicious and congrats on the 200th post. I am the same way with my hobbies: I get into them then lose interest but blogging has been so much fun! Keep it up b/c the blog is amazing!

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  9. Gorgeous cookies.. I love them!

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  10. Definitely looks like something the guys would really really like, so I need to give these a try soon. They look perfect! Sarah...have been gone all week, just getting back and getting caught up on tweats...so here are some hugs for you, okay? Lots and lots of hugs.

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  11. wow- the most chocolaty? I've got to try them! Congrats on reaching #200!

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  12. Wow! That looks really amazing!I cant get over at how rich this cookie looks. Im definitely trying this one :)

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  13. Yea for 200! the cookies look amazing!

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  14. Oh I would love these! They look amazing.

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  15. What does "3/4 packed light brown sugar" mean? 3/4 cup?

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  16. Martin - Yes, 3/4 cup. Sorry for that omission, it has been corrected.

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  17. Congrats on your 200th! These look amazing! They remind me of the Alice Medrich bittersweet chocolate decadence cookies...I must try them!

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  18. Definitely looks like something the guys would really really like, so I need to give these a try soon. They look perfect! Sarah...have been gone all week, just getting back and getting caught up on tweats...so here are some hugs for you, okay? Lots and lots of hugs.

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