Death by Bittersweet Chocolate Cookies


Sometimes when I'm feeling a bit out of sorts, I bake.  It gives an otherwise anxious day, where I might be curled up on the couch googling celebrity breakups as a form of distraction, structure.  I never intend for the cookie to be a reflection of my bad moods, but sometimes it just happens.  What follows is the Dark 'n' Broodies batch of cookies, also known as Death by Chocolate cookies.  While they are the product of worry, they don't taste like anything other than chocolatey goodness.

They are one of those cookies that tastes better at room temperature, when the oversize chocolate chips harden and become an exciting treasure to be discovered with every second nibble. I've saved some of the dough in my freezer, so that the next time someone tells me they are having a bad day, a cookie might just pop up at their desk, doorstep etc.

Here's the recipe, which I adapted from an espresso chocolate chip cookie recipe (since I had no espresso powder in my house).  You can also switch up your bittersweet chocolate for white chocolate if you want to make a reverse cookie.

Dark 'n' Broodies 
Recipe adapted from bakingbites.com

Ingredients:

2 cups of flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup of butter, soft
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract 
3/4 cups coacoa powder
1 1/2 cups bittersweet chocolate chips (60%)
 
Instructions:

1-Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, mix your flour, baking powder and salt and set aside.

2-In a large bowl, cream your butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add in eggs, one at a time, then add cocoa powder and vanilla extract. Mix well.

3-Add your dry ingredients to your cocoa mixture and stir with wooden spoon or use hand mixer until everything is well combined. Fold in chocolate chips.

4-Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until bottoms are a tad crispy. Let cool, but maybe sneak one while it's hot and no one is looking. You deserve it.

These cookies might not entirely change your outlook on life, but they make a great companion to wallowing. Kind of like listening to Morrissey.