Monday, June 8, 2015

Double-Chocolate Cookies:

I'm not a chocoholic like some people, but I do usually enjoy it, and I really like dark chocolate.
Every now and then, I get a craving for a nice piece of something "chocolaty."
I'm not talking about wanting to eat a whole cake by myself or something like that. 
Just a bite or two will do!
When I saw the recipe for these cookies, I wanted to try it, but honestly, I was concerned that they might be a little over-the-top in the chocolate department. I know some people think that's not even a possibility, but for me, it could be!
However, they turned out really good! They have a little fudge-like consistency, are pretty thin, and are great as is or with a filling or something.
Whether you're a chocoholic lover, or just enjoy some chocolate here and there, I hope you'll give these a try!

1 pound of chocolate chips, see note
2 cups flour
1 tsp. xanthan gum
1/2 cup cocoa powder
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
10 tablespoons butter, room temperature
1 & 1/2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp. strong brewed coffee, see note
2 tsp. vanilla

In a microwave safe dish, melt the chocolate by heating at 30 second intervels and stirring well in between each one; set aside.
Combine flour, xanthan gum, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in a small bowl. Whisk until well blended.
In a stand mixer, beat together butter and sugars. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each. Add vanilla and coffee; mix well.
Pour the chocolate into the mixing bowl and mix well.
Add dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
Cover and let stand for 35 minutes to let the chocolate harden.
Using a cookie scoop, drop onto greased cookie sheets, leaving 2 inches between each cookie.
Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. They probably won't look done, but take them out anyways.
Cool on baking sheets for 10 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely. 
Fill with your favorite icing, filling, peanut butter, etc., if you want or leave them plain.
Store in an airtight container.

-The chocolate chips can be semi-sweet or milk chocolate
-One pound is roughly between 2 & 1/4 - 2 & 1/2 cups. I have a small kitchen scale, so I measured them by weight, which is what I would recommend.
-You could also use 2 tsp. of instant coffee granules, if you prefer. Otherwise, you will want to brew some coffee, because regular coffee granules will not dissolve, and that will taste disgusting!
-I filled mine with THIS Oreo cookie filling.

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