Bedeviled Chocolate Chip Cookies

All You Need:

2 1/4 cup All-purpose Flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter (chilled)
1/2 cup butter flavored shortening

1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 Tablespoon vanilla
2 eggs
1/2 cup Hershey's Special Dark cocoa powder
12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
Parchment paper
Cookie sheets
An oven

What You Do:

Preheat your oven to 350°. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl (set aside). In a stand mixer, cream butter, shortening, sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla in the mixing bowl. Mix until smooth and thoroughly combined. Carefully add cocoa powder, reducing mixer speed to the lowest setting and gradually working back up. (If you don't, you'll have a cocoa cloud.) Add eggs one at a time, and mix completely after each one. Gradually mix in flour mixture. At this point, you'll want to turn off the mixer and remove the bowl from the stand. When you add the chocolate chips, you'll want to mix them in by hand. 

Using a 1/2 Tablespoon measuring spoon, measure 1 inch balls of dough. Evenly space balls on parchment paper-lined cookie sheets. When using a light colored cookie sheet, bake for 15 minutes. If using a dark colored cookie sheet, you may need to reduce the cook time to 12 minutes. Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

You may need to bake in batches. If you have to wait between batches, you can store the unbaked dough in the refrigerator between batches. 

The Wordy Bit

This recipe is the result of about half a dozen attempts to try to strike the perfect balance of sweet and chocolate. Remember the brownie recipe? Well, as soon as I figured out the perfect chocolate chip cookie, my darling husband asked me to figure out how to make dark chocolate chocolate chip cookies. These cookies have a slight chew to them (they should bend a little before the snap) and they taste almost exactly like the brownies. Once you get the method down, they really don't take long at all. 

Oh, and just a bit of humor. See the first container in the picture? It'a labeled "Love" and that's where I almost always have these cookies....seriously, I keep them stocked. And when I don't, that silly husband of mine will open the jar and sing "I'm all outta love...."


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