Iron Chef Mommy

The journey of a mother and wife in her very own kitchen stadium

Chocolate keeps you warm

Posted by ironchefmommy on January 4, 2010

It is beyond frigid here. It’s so cold I can’t stand it. I opened the front door to get the mail and couldn’t believe it. Yesterday brought us 15 degrees with a wind chill of -1. Not cool at all. We were planning a nice relaxing day staying warm on the couch in sweats until we got a phone call around noon. Brett’s great-grandmother (she’s 85, mind you) decided she was going to WALK to church and came home to realize she locked herself out of her house. Oh – and she had a minor stroke 2 weeks ago so you can imagine how angry we were that she went out by herself in this weather. Her neighbors are friends of ours so they called us to say she was there. So, the good guy my husband is, got all bundled up and headed down there.

In the meantime, I decided to make some yummy cookies, chock full of chocolate, because I love nothing more than warm, sweet food on a cold day. They are delicious!

Ingredients

2 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 sticks butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 large eggs, beaten
1 tablespoon vanilla
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 cups chocolate chips, 2 Hershey’s chocolate bars, chopped or M&M’S
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

I left the walnuts out since I knew Madeline would want some. I used dark brown sugar and I also used 1 cup milk chocolate chips & 1/2 cup semisweet mini chips. They tasted great that way.

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a bowl stir together flour, salt, and baking soda. In another large bowl stir together butter, both sugars, eggs, vanilla and cocoa. Gradually stir flour mixture into butter mixture and mix until combined. Stir chocolate chips and walnuts, if using, and stir to distribute evenly.

For cookies: Drop dough by tablespoonfuls onto greased baking sheets and bake about 10 minutes. Cool on a baking rack.

For bars: Pat dough into a greased 9 inch square baking pan and bake 20 to 25 minutes. Cut into squares when cooled

*my first pan in the oven came out with the bottoms slightly darker than I would have liked. I moved the rest to the top rack and baked them at 350 for about 14-16 minutes and they came out perfect.

All in all, this was a great recipe. They’re VERY chocolatey, so for those of you who love your chocolate as much as I do, they’re perfect. Also, while I could sit down and eat about 35 chocolate chip cookies in one sitting, I could really only eat one or two of these and they hit the spot perfectly. Beware that this recipe makes about 3 dozen cookies though!

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