Thursday, September 22, 2011

Ana's Awesome Double Chocolate Cookies

It's 12:48 am. I'm watching my fifth 'Friends' rerun of the night when I give up on the idea of sleep... I think to myself, "Well, if I'm not gonna sleep, I might as well have a yummy treat."
The only sweet thing left in the house is half a bag of semisweet chocolate chips. What to do?

The only thing you can do when sleep deprived and craving sweets, invent a cookie! What followed was a frenzy of activity that can only be described as divine intervention.

Without a recipe to speak of, I began mixing ingredients into a bowl. Granted, I've made many cookies in the past, and have a general knowledge of the basic necessary ingredients and proportions thereof, so maybe I was just working from experience.

The result was a deliciously gooey chocolate chocolate chip cookie. A perfect cross between a brownie and a cookie. It was soft and fudgy, but crisp on the outside. Awesome.

The recipe goes as follows:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

1 stick of butter
1/2 cup (perhaps a teensy bit more) sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 egg
1 cup flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 a bag of semisweet chocolate chips (like 6oz? trust your judgement)

In large bowl, microwave the stick of butter for about 45 seconds or until it's semi-melted. Add the sugar and vanilla extract and mix. Add the egg and stir until mixed. In a separate bowl add the rest of the ingredients and stir until combined. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and stir with a spoon or flexible spatula until combined (don't over mix). Fold in the chocolate chips.

Roll little balls of dough in your hand, about 1" diameter, and place on cookie sheet. Flatten slightly with hand. Bake for 8-10 minutes. You'll know they're done when they puff up and the tops look kind of dry. Careful, they're easy to over-bake. Let them cool for a minute and enjoy!

In case you were wondering... after my wonderful cookie adventure I ended up staying up until about 3:30 am.. turns out sugar doesn't really help you get to sleep.. who knew?

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