My favorite cookie.

This cookie makes me want to have babies.  Well, to be more precise, have kids. A few five-to ten-year-olds who come from my stock of good tastebuds and greedy appetite.  I don’t think about the future of my having children often, or imagine how I’d be with them, but when I cook this cookie, all I think about is doing it with my future offspring, and then sitting around the kitchen table and stuffing our faces.  Chocolate smeared all over our smiles and big mugs of milk.

This is my favorite cookie.  By far.  And if you like your cookies super-chocolatey and baked thin with crisp edges and chewy centers, then this might be your favorite too.  Because of all the white chocolate, there’s an oreo-quality about the cookie (my imaga-kids love that!) and a wave of creaminess within that rich dark chocolate.  The recipe calls for 12 ounces of the chocolate chips but I must admit that I usually make that a generous 12 ounces.  Like any kid (or any sane person) will tell you, the chips are the best part.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve made these cookies; I lost count a long, long time ago.  But I will say that they are my favorite dessert, my ultimate sweet comfort food.  Just looking at the photos from the batch I made a few months ago makes me feel better.  I made a big batch and froze most of them (they are great for freezing) and over the past weeks Jim and I have slowly and steadily gone through them all.  There’s none left.  I’m telling you this because I’ve been laid up on the couch with a bad back for almost two weeks now and I’m hoping Jim will read this post and bake these cookies because I can’t myself but I would really, really like to eat them. And for that matter, they’d do just fine sent through the mail.  Wink, wink, nudge, nudge. (I’m totally kidding.)

But in all seriousness, make these cookies.  Feed them to your children if you have them.  And if you don’t have children, these cookies just may put you in the mood to make some babies.

My Favorite Cookie

makes about 24//adapted by Dorie Greenspan

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup dark cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup (packed) light brown sugar
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 6 ounces milk chocolate chips
  • 6 ounces white chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 375 F.  Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats. Whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking soda.

Working with a stand mixer, preferably fitted with the paddle attachment, or with a hand mixer in a large bowl, beat the butter at medium speed for about 2 minute, until smooth. Add the sugars and beat for another 3 minutes or so, until well-blended and fluffy. Beat in the vanilla. Add the eggs one at a time, beating for 1 minute after each egg goes in. **I’m always careful here to make sure the mixture is very fluffy. If unsure, beat a little more. The fluffier the better in my opinion.

Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the dry ingredients in 3 portions, mixing only until each addition is incorporated. Stop the mixer and fold the chocolate chips in with a rubber spatula.

Spoon the dough by slightly rounded tablespoonfuls (or with a small ice cream scoop) onto the baking sheets, leaving about 2 inches between spoonfuls.

Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes, or until they are crisp at the edges and gooey in the center. Pull the sheet from the oven and allow the cookies to rest for 1 minute, then carefully, using a wide metal spatula, transfer them to racks to cool to room temperature.

Repeat with the remainder of the dough, cooling the baking sheets between batches.

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47 thoughts on “My favorite cookie.

  1. Okay – you got me. I am making these and I’m not so sure my offspring are going to see any of them as these look like cookies to hoard.

    thanks for finding me so I could find you !

  2. Whoa whoa now. Your back’s hurting again? *Giving Robin’s nerves and joints the stink eye* Leave her alone you bastards! 😛

    I am attempting to begin baking. Cookies are first on my list, some peanut butter chocolate chip ones from deb at smitten kitchen. If all goes well, maybe I’ll put these on my list next.

  3. Appoggiatura: You’re so right to screw the oreos, these are far better!

    Rachel: I used Hershey’s Special Dark, it’s really dark and good without being too expensive!

    Melissa: Thank you for the stink-eye, my freakin’ back needs it. I got a epidural shot last Monday and I’ve been laid up since then, even went to the hospital yesterday. Cookies are the best thing to get yourself into baking. My biggest tip would be to really whip the wet ingredients. Sometimes I even use melted butter so facilitate that.

  4. Absolutely the deepest darkest chocolate cookies I’ve ever seen. I just baked off the last of the batch of cookies that were in my freezer and this recipe will quickly replace them.

    I do hope Jim got the message!

    btw that gingerbread cake has me needing to bake again tonight! It looks incredible!

  5. I’m going to try this and the David Lebowitz one for chocolate chip cookies – I guess this one has triple chocolate which makes it yummy but bad on my thighs!

  6. You know what would be pretty sinful to do with these cookies? Create an ice cream sandwich with Ben & Jerry’s Cookie Dough ice cream, and then swirl some chocolate ganache on top!! Can you tell I’m craving chocolate. Yes, it’s become absurd… What is it about these decadent double chocolate cookies that makes us all swoon?! I think the extra oomph from the chocolate pushes the flavor to the max… And the image of little kids diving in to these cookies with smears of chocolate on their mouths made me smile… One day 🙂

  7. Zoe: Yes, they are. When you have these cookies after dinner, you can skip the caffeineted coffee!

    Amanda: Oh, that sounds *too* good… and perfect for a Saturday night splurge!

    Joey: Yeah, thankfully I get the idea of babies out of my head as soon as the last cookie is devoured!

    Lydia: Oh yay! I love being the baby-sitter with cookies, it’s sooo much better than the baby-sitter who’s only allowed to feed them carrots and peas.

  8. Imagakids, haha. To be totally honest, I don’t think these cookies would make me want kids – I’d want to have them all to myself XD. These look FANTASTIC.

  9. I have a kid, but this sounds like something I’d like to hide from him 🙂 They look absolutely perfect. Yor pictures are stunning, by the way.

  10. myinvestorsplace says:

    You sure dont need to be kid to enjoy these cookies… just looking at your picturses got my taste buds going…
    Our members of recipebuddys.com as well as myself are looking for dessert recipes…maybe you can post some of your recipes on the site… I am sure the members would be very greatful…thanks

    Andy
    http://www.recipebuddys.com

  11. LOL, I hear you. These cookies look completely amazing, and I have to try them.

    Adding them to a long list—whoever invented cookies, you are a special, special person.

  12. these cookies look great-your photos are awesome! i think i would use semi-sweet instead of the milk chocolate…definitely going to have to try these out soon!

  13. Megan: Thanks for visiting the site. You could definitely use semi-sweet chocolate chips – I’ve done it that way many times before and they’re always good!

    By the way, your Halloween blog header is FABULOUS!! 🙂

  14. jamessal says:

    An aphrodisiac that’s fun for the whole family. Oh yeah.

    Caviar and Codfish is not responsible for the views of visitors to this site. We wish to express no opinion on the subject of incest, other than to express support for those abused.

  15. DD says:

    I must be seriously starving right now bc the saliva ducts in the back of my mouth are going nuts. I’m drooling. I CAN’T WAIT to try these!

  16. teta-totss says:

    kay, um maybe i missed this when reading but i believe that you’ve left out when we should add in the cocoa powder in the directions. maybe you meant that we should add it with the dry ingredients but it was not clear. so if you could just add it in possibly, that would be sweet.
    thanks.

  17. wb says:

    If you like chocolate, my wife Julie bakes the best chocolate chip cookies in the land. They are made with this secret ingredient. (Love)

  18. JL says:

    Okay… the baked cookies look fabulous… but that batter reminds me of things that would best never be repeated on a food blog.

  19. Eliza says:

    Ok, those sound absolutely DELICIOUS, but your dough pics look absolutely disgusting. They look green. Why is that? But, yes, I so wanna make those now. 😛

    • Thanks, Eliza. And I think the photos look a bit green because I took them a year ago, and wasn’t (I’m still not) so knowledgeable about my camera. The dough, though, is very very dark, as are the cookies.

  20. Justin says:

    You might want to steer clear of the green processing of your photos in the future–really not doing your recipe justice.

  21. I think these look amazing…as do the photos! I have my favorite cookie recipe (very similar with an addition of dried tart cherries, which normally I wouldn’t like but it is the best. I will be posting next week…you need to check it out…they are amazing. Do you ever freeze these? I slightly underbake mine and then freeze them. They are even better frozen. So glad I found you…love your site!

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