Friday, May 11, 2012

Dessert: Bad Astronomer Double Chocolate Fudge Cookies

When Phil Plait started his Science Getaways site, he launched with some cookies. Which looked fabulous! So I made them the next weekend, but I'm only getting around to blogging about them now. They were really good, although I found the tone at the blog on how to make the cookies a little condescending. 

4 cups (24 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips, divided
1/2 cup butter
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
2/3 cup all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

  1. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper
  2. Combine 2 cups (12 ounces) chocolate chips and butter in a large microwavable bowl. Microwave on HIGH 30 seconds; stir and repeat until chips are melted and mixture is smooth. Let cool slightly.
  3. Beat eggs and vanilla in large bowl with electric mixer at medium speed until it’s well blended and a little foamy. Add sugar and beat until thick and lighter in color. Add melted chocolate and butter and beat until blended, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. (Do not overbeat.) Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt in medium bowl and slowly add to the butter mixture, beating until blended. Stir in the remaining chocolate chips by hand (the dough will be very soft.)
  4. Drop dough by rounded, heaping tablespoonsful 2 inches apart on the prepared cookie sheets and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 325 degrees farenheit. Bake 16 to 20 minutes or until cookies are just cooked enough to hold together. They should still be slightly shiny on top. Cool on cookie sheets for 2 minutes and then move to wire racks to finish cooling completely.

Other Details:

  • Original Recipe
  • Makes about 3 dozen (depending on the size of your cookies – I got about 39, but Bad Astronomer got about 30

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