Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. It’s a holiday centered around the ones we love and often involves delicious treats. I always think of special occasions as opportunities to use food to create new traditions and memories. I have been making chocolate chip cookies for years. They are my husband’s favorites and are my go-to cookie. I wanted to take his favorite cookie up a notch for the holiday. When I think of Valentine’s Day, one of the first things I think of (after my husband, the love of my life of course), is chocolate. My solution for combining my husband’s favorite cookie along with chocolate which is an absolutely necessary for the holiday, is a chocolate-chocolate chip cookie.
- 6 oz bittersweet chocolate, 60% cocoa solids
- 3/4 stick (1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp) butter
- 2 eggs
- 1 packed cup dark brown sugar
- 1 tbsp dark molasses
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350℉ and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Roughly chop the chocolate and put in a heatproof bowl with the butter. Melt chocolate in a microwave on high, in 20 second bursts, stirring after each one, until smooth. Go slow so you do not scorch the chocolate.
- Separate one of the eggs, then put yolk, the whole egg, sugar, molasses, and vanilla in a large bowl. Beat with a whisk or an electric mixer for about 1 minute, or until mixture becomes smooth and a little paler.
- Beat in the melted chocolate and butter.
- Mix the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt in a bowl, then sift them over the chocolate mixture. Stir together to make a soft dough, then stir in chocolate chips.
- Spoon heaping tablespoons of dough onto the lined sheets.
- Bake the cookies for 10 minutes for very soft centers, 12 for a chewier result. Remove from oven, let cool slightly and transfer to a cooling rack.
These cookies are chewy on the inside and slightly crispy on the outside. They are like a dense chocolate brownie in a cookie format. They are wonderful alone, but would be delicious with a tall glass of milk or your favorite vanilla gelato or ice cream. This recipe is simple and so delicious, you don’t have to wait for a special occasion to try it. Once you do, I can promise you will be finding ways to incorporate these into your regular cookie baking rotation. And why not? Food memories and traditions don’t always have to be centered around holidays. Some of the best memories are made when we do something unexpected for those that we love. I hope you add this to your roster and enjoy!