Megan’s Chocolate Craving Cookies:
On a cool July afternoon, (high of 70) I was hit by a monstrous chocolate craving. I tried waiting it out. I talked on the phone with my best friend for an hour and a half. When we got off the phone, surprise! I still wanted chocolate. I knew I had milk and semi-sweet chocolate chips in the pantry, but I also knew a handful of chips wouldn’t cut it. I decided this unseasonably cool weather was a great excuse to experiment with a cookie recipe. I started my favorite chocolate chip recipe and added two tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder along with the flour. Then I folded in a heaping cup of milk chocolate chips and heaping cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips. I grabbed my trusty medium scoop (from earlier blog posts, you know scoops are a great tool for even cookie sizes) and went to get out my cookie sheet. I could not find my favorite cookie sheet anywhere! Expletives were flying out of my mouth. I wanted a cookie so bad. My stoneware cookie sheets were already in the preheated oven (*I'll explain that later). I was so desperate for a cookie; I grabbed my brownie pan and scooped out six cookies to pop in the oven while I continued the hunt. Ten LONG minutes later, with a cool breeze coming from the window, I was pulling these heavenly cookies out of the oven. They were so chocolaty; I had to line the rest of the cookie sheets with parchment paper.
The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe:
1 cup softened butter 1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar 2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract 3 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda 2 tsp. hot water
½ tsp. salt 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
(To make Megan’s Chocolate Craving cookies; be sure to make the changes listed above. These cookies are pretty bad ass on their own)
1 Preheat oven to 350°.
2 Cream together the butter and sugar until smooth.
3 Beat in eggs, on at a time.
-- 4. Stir in the vanilla extract.
5 Dissolve baking soda in 2 tsp. hot water
6 Add the baking soda mix to the batter, along with the salt.
7 Stir in flour (and cocoa, if you’re feeling the chocolate craving)
8 Stir in the chocolate chips.
9 Drop by the spoonful (or scoopful, they really are handy dandy kitchen tools) on to ungreased cookie sheets. I used parchment to line the cookie sheets for my chocolate craving cookies.
This recipe makes about 4 dozen freaking awesome cookies. They freeze well, if you want to set aside a dozen for a rainy day.
*Stoneware can be stored in the oven and actually helps maintain even temperatures. The stoneware actually reduces the amount of energy it takes to keep the oven hot. I have a gas oven, so this is especially important. They only time this backfires is if you don’t know that you need to use one until it is already 350°.