One Dozen Decadent Double Chocolate Cookies

Loaded with double Dutch chocolate and semi sweet chips

Making only twelve double chocolate cookies will quickly tell who your friends are on this Valentine's Day.
Making only twelve double chocolate cookies will quickly tell who your friends are on this Valentine's Day. | Source

Simply the best chocolate cookie

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Cocoa Beans

Cocoa beans are not beans but seeds of the fruit of Theobroma cacao tree.

Theobroma cacao tree is grown within 20 degrees latitude of the Equator.

a tree native to the tropical Amazon forests that is now grown commercially worldwide within 20 degrees latitude of the Equator. Approximately 20 to 40 seeds cluster inside football-shaped pods and are covered by sweet white fruit pulp.

Cream butter and sugar

Cream together butter and sugar until  light and fluffy.
Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. | Source
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 16 min
Ready in: 31 min
Yields: 12 cookies

Ingredients Double Chocolate Cookies

  • 1 cup butter, (2 sticks)
  • 1¼ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, large
  • ½ cup dark cocoa powder
  • 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. espresso powder
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 2½ cups chocolate and nuts*

Chocolate and nuts*

 
 
 
1 ½ cups dark chocolate chips
1 cup chopped pecans
 
1 cup dark chocolate chips
1 cup milk chocolate chips
½ cup chopped nuts
¾ cup dark chocolate chips
¾ cup milk chocolate chips
¾ cup white chocolate chips
2 ½ cups Cooks Choice
 
 
The point is, you can add up to 2 ½ cups of goodies. Macadamia nuts and white chocolate, dark chocolate and cherry chips, or mint chips and peanuts, for example.

Thick, rich dough

Dutch process dark Cocoa gives that dark chocolate look.
Dutch process dark Cocoa gives that dark chocolate look. | Source

Instructions

  1. Set out butter and eggs, allow them get to room temperature. Preheat the oven to 350˚ F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the butter and sugar.  Beat together on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes. Blend in the eggs one at a time, scraping down the bowl as needed. Mix in the cocoa powder until well blended. Add the flour, salt, espresso powder and baking powder to the bowl and mix on low speed just until incorporated. Fold in the chocolate chips with a spatula. Be sure the ingredients are well mixed.
  2. Divide the dough into 4 ounce portions, or 12 equal pieces. Roll each portion of dough into a ball and flatten slightly into a disc. Place on the prepared baking sheets, a few inches apart. Bake 15-19 minutes. Let cool on the baking sheets 5-10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  3. Store in airtight container.

Kinds of Chocolate

  • Chocolate Liquor
 - The center of the cocoa bean, ground into a liquid, not really liquor.
  • Cocoa Butter 
- The fat extracted from the chocolate liquor, not really butter.
  • Cocoa Powder
 - The solid that remains when the the cocoa butter is removed from the chocolate liquor.
  • Unsweetened Chocolate 
- often used in baking, it is the solid form in chocolate liquor.
  • Bittersweet Chocolate
 - contains at least 50% chocolate liquor.
  • Semi-Sweet Chocolate
 - contains at least 35% chocolate liquor.
  • Dark Chocolate - contains just 15% chocolate liquor, plus sweeteners and cocoa butter. Known as 'sweet chocolate.'
  • Milk Chocolate - contains just 10% chocolate liquor, with 12% milk solids, sugar, cocoa butter and vanilla.
  • White Chocolate - contains no chocolate liquor. It is only cocoa butter, sugar and milk solids.

Chocolate Myths

Myth: Chocolate is high in caffeine
Truth: A 1.4 ounce chocolate bar contains six milligrams of caffeine - about the same as a cup of decaf coffee.

Too good to share?

With this rich chocolatey dessert, you might have to keep a secret stash just for your Valentine.
With this rich chocolatey dessert, you might have to keep a secret stash just for your Valentine. | Source

Drinking chocolate

"Drinking Chocolate" is not the same as “hot cocoa.” Drinking Chocolate is made from real chocolate. Hot cocoa is made from cocoa powder (no cocoa butter).

Very often you buy drinking chocolate in the form of small bits or shavings of chocolate. It is necessary to melt and whisk the chocolate into milk or cream. Drinking is a much richer drink and usually thicker.

Hot cocoa, is a hot drink typically made from cocoa powder, instant milk or water, and sugar. Chocolate beverages have been around a long time; actually much longer than chocolate candies or bars. Mayans were drinking chocolate beverages more than 2,000 years ago.

Add a romantic chocolate surprise

With just two ingredients, fresh chocolate strawberries are a fresh made last minute treat.
With just two ingredients, fresh chocolate strawberries are a fresh made last minute treat. | Source

Use the freshest fruit

White chocolate and semisweet chocolate have a low melting temperature and sets quickly. Have ingredients and equipment ready before melting the chocolate.
White chocolate and semisweet chocolate have a low melting temperature and sets quickly. Have ingredients and equipment ready before melting the chocolate. | Source

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16 comments

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Patsybell 21 months ago from zone 6a, SEMO Author

Sylvestermouse One dozen is the legal limit for cookies this good. Thank you for reading my hub. Enjoy!


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Sylvestermouse 21 months ago from United States

Your cookie recipe sound delicious and quite tempting.


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rebeccamealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

These cookies definitely look chocolaty. They would make a nice gift from the kitchen, too in a pretty container. Thanks!


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Patsybell 2 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO Author

Au fait, the only thing I would add to your cookies-for-breakfast menu is a cold glass of milk. Thank you for reading my hubs. I appreciate you.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas

These look so yummy and it's almost breakfast time! All my life I've eaten what some people think are strange things for my breakfast. Leftover pizza, macaroni and cheese, or lasagna. Even a hot fudge sundae. Why not? If it's good for you at 5 PM, it should work just as well at 5 AM. It's all a matter of personal preference. These look great for breakfast and I'm about due for a chocolate fix!


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Patsybell 2 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO Author

The sacrafices one makes for cookies, RTalloni. I am humbled by your dedication to warm climates and chocolate cookies. Alas, on the equator, your chocolate will melt. So, don't forget the handy wipes. ;)


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RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

These are 1 dozen cookies that would have a short life span among my circle of closest acquaintances, that is, me, myself, and I. And now, besides the warmth, I now have one more reason to move to the equator.

I'll have to switch the butter with coconut oil, but have never had it fail me in a recipe--thanks for sharing! :)


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Patsybell 2 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO Author

Au fait, You can make these, bake half and freeze half unbaked.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas

These do look delicious AND quick and easy. Perfect for a chocolate fix!


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Patsybell 2 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO Author

These cookies freeze well. I put a couple in a zip lock and freeze. It is my emergency chocolate stash.


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Glimmer Twin Fan 2 years ago

These look tasty! May have to give them a try since it's a rainy cold day here. Might perk us up a bit.


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J Sweet Tooth 2 years ago from Vancouver, Washington

These look really decadent! I will definitely have to try them! What's better than chocolate? :)


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Patsybell 2 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO Author

Please share. I would love for folks to have this recipe for Valentines day. It is perfect.


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Patsybell 2 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO Author

Oh, I am gratful it is a small batch. They are chocolatey and oh so rich.


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Patsybell 2 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO Author

Oh, I am gratful it is a small batch. They are chocolatey and oh so rich.


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Paul Edmondson 2 years ago from Burlingame, CA

These look really tasty!

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