There may be something wrong with me, but I'm not a huge fan of chocolate. Sure, I'll grab a fistful of Hershey's Kisses when the urge strikes me, but it's never my first choice. A dish of strawberry shortcake? A fruit tarte? Cheesecake? Peanut butter cookies? These are my preferred indulgences.
But when my husband asks for chocolate cookies, I do my best to deliver.
Tonight, we're heading home to RI for my mother-in-law's annual cookie party. There's good food, plenty of people, and more cookies than even Chris can eat. This year, I asked Chris to pick a recipe and he chose the most chocolatey cookies EVER. The recipe barely calls for any flour, it's so inunndated with chocolate goodness. Stolen from Cooking.com, here's what I spent the whole night making:
Awesome Chocolate Cookies
3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons dark corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Because I decided to triple the recipe (classic overachiever), there were chocolate chips by the pound on my counter last night. I melted 1/2 my stash of chocolate chips on the stove on low heat until they were completely smooth. Then I put them aside while I mixed up the batter.
Using my brand new Kitchen Aid mixer that I got from my wonderful aunts as a wedding present, I combined the eggs, corn syrup, sugars, and vanilla into a big bowl and beat the mixture until it was thickened. Then I poured in the chocolate I had melted and mixed that all in. Then the flour and the sugar made its way into the bowl, and the whole thing was churned together until it was combined. And if that's not enough batter for you, now you have to add the rest of the chocolate chips and stir it together just enough to mix it up.
I stuck the bowl into the fridge and let the dough chill for about an hour. When it was ready, I preheated the oven to 350 degrees F. Then I buttered up 2 cookie sheets and prepared to bake my face off.
For hours, I dropped rounded tablespoon sized balls of cookie dough into a dish of powdered sugar, then put the balls on the baking sheets. I stuck them in the oven for 16 minutes, or until the cookies were spread and cracked at the top. Removed from the oven and let them cool, then put them in an airtight container for storage.
Chris ate two cookies, hot from the oven, and said they were awesome. Hopefully the cookie party people agree. And according to the website, we're looking at approximately 29 grams of carbohydrate per cookie. PER COOKIE. That's some serious cookie going on there. No wonder people gain weight over the holidays!