Hi, everyone! I imagine I'm exhausted from an awesome weekend at my first Penguicon (I'm writing this before the weekend), and I'm busy packing for Penguicon now (and working on a super duper exciting new project - maybe I'll snap a couple pictures and show you soon!), so I'm going to keep this post simple. I'm sharing my favorite cookie recipe! Every time I make these cookies, someone asks me for this recipe - they are that good. They're not your regular chocolate cookies - somehow, they manifest the gooey quality of a fudge brownie. And it only takes about a half hour to make them!
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- 1 c butter
- 2/3 c cocoa
- 2 c flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 c sugar (+ more to roll balls in)
- 1/2 c packed brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 (or usually 2) tsp vanilla
I'm too lazy to follow the "mix dry ingredients in one bowl, and wet ingredients in another, and never use melted butter but cream the butter until smooth..." instructions that most cookies come with.
Here's how I make my cookie dough: Melt the butter in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Add all the rest of the ingredients to the melted butter. Mix until they are all mixed, usually with the knife I used to measure the flour. Done. Bam.
Then roll the dough into about 1" balls, and roll the balls in sugar. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet, with about 2 inches between the balls.
Cook for 4.5 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. You read that correctly - four and a half minutes. That's it! No longer!
Bring out of the oven, and let the cookies sit on the cookie sheet for about two more minutes - you want the heat from the cookie sheet to stiffen up the bottoms of the cookies a little more (or else they will drip through your cooling rack - it's happened to me). Try not to let them sit for much longer than 2 minutes - they will overcook and lose their wonderful fudge-like quality.
Transfer them to a cooling rack (or wax paper/parchment paper covered counter). Hold yourself back for a couple more minutes before gobbling up five cookies at once.
They will fall apart really easily at first (but are still delicious - arguably more delicious at this stage), but will become more easily handled (one cookie unit) after they cool. Kind of like how a baby is all floppy the first couple months, and then becomes one baby unit thereafter. Or maybe not like that. You don't eat the babies at any point...