April 14, 2013

Chocolate Cookies

Chocolate Cookies

chocolate cookies recipe
By Published: 2013-04-14
This is the perfect chocolate cookie to go with the little cup of hot chocolate that I posted about the other day.  It's so nice to have home-baked cookies and these are especially easy and convenient in that you can stick them in the freezer and then bring'em out, slice and pop'em in the oven and ta-da!  Fresh, heavenly cookies!  But these are not your ordinary chocolate cookies.  Oh, no, not at all. These are Mercedes Benz of chocolate cookies.  So chocolately, double chocolately actually with the chocolate chips, but not too sweet either, slightly crumbly, meltingly just moist and then there's the deliciously unexpected sea salt flavor that blooms on your tongue after a few moments.  What a wicked taste sensation!

chocolate cookies recipe

Yeah!  I've just rummaged a log of forgotten log of frozen dough in the freezer!  We are going to have fresh baked chocolate cookies in a few minutes and yes, it's smelling pretty good in the house right now.  It's also a great easy cookie recipe to have kids help out on (if they don't eat half the dough first like my little girl tries to do!)  Here's to afternoon hot chocolate and cookie treats coming right up!

Note: I think for this recipe you really need to use good enough chocolate and good enough sea salt.  For the chocolate I use Lindt 70% Dark Chocolate.  An excellent chocolate that's not hard to get in Hong Kong and not that expensive.  (By the way Lindt has a chocolate bar with sea salt that is to die for...)

For the sea salt, since we no longer use over processed regular salt in our house anymore, we have a couple of kinds usually.  Right now there is the Fleur de Sel de Guerande which is a really good tasting salt.  And our latest is the lovely pink Himalayan Salt, which has a certain charming sweetness to it.  You must use sea salt for these cookies or just leave out the salt altogether.  But, heck, why not just get some sea salt anyways?  I promise you'll get hooked on the taste.  It's not just salty anymore, its about all kinds of flavor layers.  Plus there are all kinds of wonderful and strange minerals in sea salt that are things that your body needs and probably doesn't get elsewhere.  Better taste and better health, how can one resist?!

Chocolate Cookies Recipe
(recipe from in Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan)

Ingredients 

1 1/4 flour
1/3 cup unsweetenedcocoa powder (we use van Houten)
1/2 tsp baking soda
11 tbsp of butter, 156 g, at room temp
3/4 cup raw sugar
1/2 tsp fleur de sel(sea salt)
1 tsp of vanilla extract 
3.5 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped into bits

Directions:

Mix flour, cocoa and baking soda.  You will probably need to shift the cocoa.

Beat butter til creamy.  Add sugar, salt and vanilla and mix.

Pour dry into wet and mix til just incorporated.  Add chocolate chips and mix.  (I use my hand to mix the chips in).  Don't over mix here.

Divide dough to 2 pieces and shape into 1 1/2" logs.  Wrap in cling wrap and refrigerate 3 hours or freeze for longer keeping.  When you want to have fresh baked cookies just take them out of the refrigerator/freezer and slice into 1/2" slices with a sharp knife.  Bake at 325 F or 163 C for 12 minutes.  Let cool before eating.  Sooo easy and delicious!

Don't forgot your cuppa hot chocolate to go with your cookies!


More Sweetie recipes at The Hong Kong Cookery:

hong kong hot chocolateHot Chocolate - One Little Cup at a Time

tiramisuTiramisu - What More Could You Ask For?

Fruit Jelly Candies RecipeFruit Jelly Candies
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