Thursday, December 17, 2009

Triple Chocolate Cookies

I brought these cookies when I went to my very first Redskins game. It was a lot of fun, except for the fact that we lost to the Saints, but at least the cookies were good. I basically followed the recipe on the back of the bag of white chocolate chips with a few minor tweaks. White chocolate chips are fine, but they are even better when you mix in semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips. And a generous handful of dried cranberries cuts the sweetness a bit with a nice little tartness. The process is the same you would use for regular chocolate chip cookies, but these have a bit more pizzaz.

Start with butter, beat it with the sugar and vanilla.

Add the eggs, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt and flour to make a lovely chocolate dough.

Next, add the chocolate chips. You want a bit over 2 cups total and can adjust the proportions according to your taste. I used slightly fewer white chocolate chips than semi-sweet ones. These cookies are delicious with dark chocolate chips added into the mix too.

Stir in the chips and about 1/2 cup of dried cranberries. Drop by spoonful onto cookie sheets.

Bake for about 10 minutes or until done. Be sure to snag one when they are nice and warm and the chocolate chips are still melted, so yummy.

Triple Chocolate Cookies (adapted from Nestle white chocolate chip cookie recipe)
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
2/3 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 cups chocolate chips (white and semi-sweet and/or dark)
1/2 cup dried cranberries

Preheat oven to 350
Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in a large bowl until creamy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add cocoa powder, salt, baking soda, and flour, mix well. Stir in chocolate chips and cranberries. Drop by spoonful onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 9-11 minutes.

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