Valentine’s Day wouldn’t be complete without a little (or a lot!) of chocolate. Right?
Since cookies reign supreme in our household, that’s what I’ll be serving for dessert this year, but of course with a super chocolaty addition.
Kevin’s biggest weakness is cookies – traditional cookies that is – he loves to complain that I only make “fancy” cookies; of course his idea of “fancy” is anything besides chocolate chip, snicker doodle, or peanut butter. Although I will say that he isn’t very good at discrimination because low and behold every time I make said “fancy” cookies, they’re still consumed at the same rate as any other ordinary one. And these guys were no exception, proven by the fact that half the batch was wolfed down before they even had a chance to cool down.
The reason these are so undeniably delicious is because I’ve added in not one, not two, but three different sources of chocolate to make sure these cookies are downright decadent. I would describe them as an almost a hybrid between a cookie and brownie. The inside is gooey and chocolaty much like a fudge brownie, but the outside is still toothsome and firm like a traditional cookie
The first dose of chocolate comes in the form of cocoa powder, this is the easiest (and least messy) way to add chocolate flavoring to any cookie, brownie, or cake batter, but I find that it really doesn’t produce the over-the-top chocolate flavor that I crave.
So that brings us to the next form of chocolate…
Melted dark chocolate. Now, normally I don’t like to encourage you to spend ton of money on expensive ingredients, but in this case you want a good quality dark chocolate. And really we are using such a small amount that it won’t break the bank to splurge on something that’s really high quality. I think it maybe cost me $1.99 for a 3.5 ounce chocolate bar.
Now because, these are quite rich enough we’re going to throw in some semi-sweet chocolate chips, but because we don’t discriminate here, you can use whatever chocolate floats your boat. The last step is to throw in some tart dried cherries, and a little dose of pecans for some added texture and crunch.
Now, please PLEASE do not over bake these cookies, in fact you want them to be slightly underdone, otherwise that melty, ooey gooey center will be a hard cardboard hockey puck. Not cute.
- ⅔ cup all purpose flour
- ½ + ⅛ cup cocoa powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 6 tablespoons butter, softened
- ½ cup sugar
- ¼ cup packed brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- 1 egg
- 2 ounces 72% cacao belgian dark chocolate, finely chopped (I got mine at Trader Joe's, you can substitute any kind of good quality dark chocolate
- ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- ½ cup dried tart cherries
- ½ cup toasted pecans, chopped
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Whisk flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside. Cream butter and sugars together in a stand mixer, about five minutes. Add egg and vanilla, mix until combined.
- In a microwave safe bowl, melt chocolate in ten second intervals, stirring in between each until chocolate is completely melted. Let cool slightly.
- Add chocolate to butter, sugar, and eggs. Mix until combined.
- With the mixer on low, add dry ingredients a little bit at a time until fully incorporated.
- Fold in chocolate chips, cherries, and pecans.
- Drop heaping tablespoons of dough onto a large rimmed baking sheet lines with a silt pad or parchment paper. Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes. DO NOT OVERBAKE!!!