I had a pretty crappy Monday morning at work this week. The kind where you have ice cream for lunch. Thankfully the afternoon improved a lot and so did my mood. About mid-afternoon I decided that I should do some baking when I got home. I asked my co-workers what they’d want if I decided to bake when I got home and the answer was a unanimous CHOCOLATE. I decided that cookies sounded fun and did a search for some chocolate chocolate cookies. I found a recipe on Food Network that sounded simple and easy so I decided to give it a shot.
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
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.
I decided to go ahead and go with the bar option for this recipe, mainly because of how hot it currently is in Florida. I wanted to use the oven for the shortest amount of time possible. Unfortunately they took about 10 minutes longer to cook than the recipe said, but they turned out amazing!
The cookie bars ended up looking for like brownies than cookies. It was hard not to cut into them as soon as they came out of the oven. I actually expected them to fall after they started to cool because they rose SO much, but they didn’t. They stayed tall and beautiful, and they were OH so yummy. Unfortunately it was a new recipe and a new baking pan, so I burned the edges a little bit. Thankfully I have a small staff, so I still have plenty of cookie bars to share tomorrow!