I stopped looking for chocolate cookie recipes after this one. I found it at KingArthurFlour.com many years ago. They are amazing. Equal amounts flour and cocoa powder, and four times as many add-ins as flour. I think they're more than half chocolate, and yet they are cookies.
The black cocoa makes the cookies darker and richer. You can get it from KingArthurFlour.com. Or, just use regular or dutched cocoa instead.
You put in four cups of chips and/or nuts of your choice. Below is a favorite combo of mine.
Makes 21 large cookies.
- 3/4 c (1 1/2 sticks) butter
- 2 c sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 Tbsp vanilla
- 1 c All-Purpose flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 c dutched or natural cocoa powder
- 1/2 c black cocoa powder
- 1 c mini M&M's
- 1 c chocolat chips
- 1 c chocolate chunks
- 1 c white chocolate chips
Once the eggs are in, the dough is even fluffier. You can beat as long as you want before the flour is added, with no fear of making the cookies tough. Mix in the vanilla.
Measure the dry ingredients on wax paper or a flexible cutting board. Note: there is no leavener; this is not a mistake. Look how much darker the black cocoa is than the Hershey's.
Dump the dry into the sugar/butter/egg mixture, all at once.
Mix in slowly, or the cocoa will puff everywhere. Cocoa resists wetting.
Stop as soon as it is mixed. It will look rich and shiny.
Measure the chips... Remember, those are "mini" M&M's...
Bake for 15-17 min, or until they smell good through the cloesd oven door. This is the hardest part, because they will look a little shiny, like they are molten under the surface, and like they aren't done. Freshly out of the oven, they fall apart if you try to pick them up, and seem hopelessly gooey. They do firm up as they cool. If they over-bake, they become dry, crunchy, and a little tough, but still good for dipping into milk or coffee.
Still shiny, but done...
Once they're cool, store them in an air-tight container, and hide them if you want them to last more than a day or two. The cooled cookie is still bendable, but not raw-seeming. One of these goes a long way.