Sunday, June 12, 2011

Chocolate Fudge Cookies...

May is a busy birthday month for us! This year Maddie decided she didn't want a cake, but wanted cookies. I love different and we had fun scanning the recipe books trying to find a new recipe to bake. This recipe is adapted from A passion for Baking. We doubled the recipe and she took them to school to share! I love how in 7th grade it is still cool to take a birthday treat to school!


Ingredients:
3/4 cup butter, softened
6 tablespoons shortening (or butter flavored shortening)
1 cup white sugar
3/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
21/4 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup half and half
1 cup semisweet chocolate chunks
1 cup white chocolate chunks

Step 1:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

Step 2:
Cream butter and shortening in a mixer bowl. After creamed together, add both sugars. Cream butter and sugars  together until well blended. Stir in eggs and vanilla. If mixture seems curdled, stir in 1/4 cup of flour to bind dough.

Step 3:
In a medium bowl, stir together remaining flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Add to batter on low speed of mixer, scrap down the sides as needed. When almost blended, stir in half-and-half. Stir in chocolate chunks and white chocolate chips. Chill dough for 10 minutes.

Step 4:
Scoop 1/4 cup of chilled dough onto baking sheet. Space dough 2 inches apart. Bake until almost set (the middle will seem moist), about 14-17 minutes.

Let cookies cool for 10 minutes on the baking sheet, then allow to cool on a wire rack.



Tony's Tips:
Did you ever bake a cookie to only have it go flat? That is because the fat (butter) was warm and when you put it in the oven it melted! If you chill your dough before baking, the butter will not melt as fast and you will avoid those flat cookies!

After watching Tony bake cookies, I noticed he always takes them out when the center is still a little moist. They look like they are almost done. This will help retain a soft texture, instead of the hard as a rock cookies I use to bake! (You know those cookies that could be used as a hockey puck the next day)!

These cookies stayed soft even on day two and three! They are super chocolaty and melt in your mouth!

Enjoy!!

4 comments:

Karen said...

Happy Birthday to Maddie! It sounds like she had a great day! And thanks so much for those cookie tips, mine ALWAYS need milk if they last til day two!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Wendy, these sound so good and thanks for the tips. Did not know that.

Katie said...

Those look amazing!!!

Beth @ Dirty Laundry said...

Looks like a delicious choice for a birthday cookie! Happy birthday to Maddie!

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