the baker upstairs: soft and chewy dark chocolate sugar cookies

2.19.2014

soft and chewy dark chocolate sugar cookies

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Guess what? Today is my birthday! I am 31 years old today, which sounds so incredibly old to me that I can hardly believe it. I know in the grand scheme of things that I'm still very young… most of the people at my work are in their eighties and nineties, after all. But 31 sounds like an age where you've got it all figured out, and I certainly don't. Maybe I'll have life figured out at 41? :)

Anyway, I always find that a treat is important for every occasion (and every non-occasion) so I've got some delicious cookies for you today! These cookies are so rich and chewy. The texture is amazing, and I love all that dark chocolate flavor in every bite. I had fun making these with my little Abby and letting her roll all the balls of dough in the sugar. She did an awesome job (as you can see). I've made these three or four times now since I discovered the recipe a couple of months ago, and they have turned out beautifully every time I've made them. Try them and love them like I do!

Soft and Chewy Dark Chocolate Sugar Cookies
adapted from Mel's Kitchen Cafe

1/3 cup sugar
1 1/2 sticks butter, melted
1 3/4 cups packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk
1 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder

Preheat oven to 350. Put the sugar on a plate or shallow dish and set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together the melted butter, brown sugar, vanilla, and salt until well combined. Add the egg and egg yolk, and mix until combined. Add the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and baking powder, and mix until just combined. The dough should be relatively stiff. Roll the dough into 20-24 balls (about 2 tablespoons each). Roll each ball in the sugar, then place on a lightly greased baking sheet. Flatten slightly with the bottom of a glass. Bake 12-14 minutes, or until the cookies have puffed up and cracked.
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10 comments :

  1. Happy Birthday! This is my very favorite baking blog. and I am not just saying that because it's your birthday. haha. 31 is a great age because you can be as old or as young as you want to be. I hope that makes sense.

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  2. Happy Birthday :) These cookies look and sound great!

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  3. These look decadent - they remind me of those Archway chewy chocolate cookies. Mmm, my all-time favorite packaged cookie!

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  4. These look decadent - they remind me of those Archway chewy chocolate cookies. Mmm, my all-time favorite packaged cookie!

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  5. I am currently about to graduate from nursing school and I LOVE to bake! I just stumbled across your blog today and got really excited to find that we share common loves. Thank you so much for sharing your recipes. I cannot wait to try them!

    Diane

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  6. I made these last night and they are now my husband's favorite! thank you for posting this wonderful recipe!

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  7. Happy Birthday!
    I still don't have my act together, or rather, somewhere along the way it unraveled. Kids turned out nice.

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  8. These cookies are incredible! A friend gave me this recipe saying she made them three times in one week over the holidays and that they are her new favorite cookie. Now I know why!

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  9. Made these tonite and they are awesome! I got 2 trays out of the recipe! Have to buy more butter and Im making triple batches tomarro....some to leave out and some to freeze! Thanks so much for the great easy recipe!!!!!

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  10. I just made these and used locally made lavender vanilla extract. Perfection! And I used my small (?) pampered chef cookie scoop and got 3 dozen exactly. Thank you for this recipe! Hope everyone loves them tomorrow at a potluck as much as my husband and I!

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