Monday, November 7, 2011

Comfort in Cookies

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I love having cookies around. Whether I need a little pick me up or just a quick sugar fix. Having cookies handy is comforting. And knowing I can have one and be good or eight and feel good, cookies equal comfort for me.

And chocolate cookies. well they just make it all even better.

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Chocolate cookies with chocolate chips.

Uh huh. That’s the stuff.

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I found these dark chocolate chips at the grocery store and had to use them right away.

I guess they’re new from Nestle. It’s about time they joined the party. I love dark chocolate.

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Oh, I forgot. The cookies are kissed with peanut butter, too.

Yes. Yum.

Start out by creaming the butter, sugar and peanut butter.

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Add the eggs and vanilla.

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Beat it all together.

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Add whisked cocoa, flour, baking soda and salt to the creamed mixture.

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Then add in those dark chocolate chips and stir it all together. Oh yeah.

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Take the cookie dough and roll into small balls roughly 1 1/4″ in size.

Place on parchment paper and bake away.

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They’ll be on the smaller side, but they’ll bake up nice and thick.

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And oh so good.

Help. Me.

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If you’re a nut lover, you can also roll them in chopped pecans right before baking.

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Just like so.

I baked some plain and some with pecans to play.

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But, I like the plain ones better. Plain, slightly under baked and warm – right out of the oven.

Hard to resist. Basically, I like to torture myself. Then I can seek comfort with more cookies.

It’s probably good to be alone when you take them out of the oven. No one needs to see that behavior.

Just curious. Raise your hand if you’ve ever eaten an embarrassing amount of cookies before they can even cool.

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Dark Chocolate Chip Comfort Cookies

1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, slightly softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
10 oz. dark chocolate chips
chopped pecans, optional

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a small bowl, mix flour, cocoa, soda and salt using a wire whisk and set aside.
  • In another bowl, cream butter, sugar and peanut butter until light and fluffy.
  • Add eggs and vanilla and mix until combined.
  • Add flour mixture to creamed mixture and mix until combined.
  • Stir in dark chocolate chips.
  • Roll cookie dough into 1-1/4 inch balls. (If desired, roll balls in chopped pecans.)
  • Place on parchment paper covered baking sheet.
  • Bake 10 minutes.
  • Place cookies on cookie rack to cool.
  • Makes about 30 2-inch cookies.

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Annie said...

You had me sold at chocolate cookies with chocolate chips. But add some peanut butter in too?! I could probably eat the whole batch myself!

November 7, 2011 11:06 PM
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Bailey S. said...

* raises hand *

* sneaks off to kitchen to bake your cookies even though I’m in my pajamas and have already brushed my teeth *

November 7, 2011 11:10 PM
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Julie said...

these look sooo good but I’m allergic to peanuts .. boo!

November 7, 2011 11:12 PM
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Jen Kim said...

Mmm~ I was in a trance looking at the pictures and actually reached for my screen to grab a cookie~ They look so delicious!! I can’t wait to bake some up to really eat them~! Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe~ =D

November 7, 2011 11:13 PM
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Emily said...

oh so yummy! I will admit to eating way too much cookie dough every once in a while!

November 7, 2011 11:14 PM
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Bediels & Co. said...

My Husband and i have been in a terrible habit of eating warm cookies every night this past week (after the kids are in bed, of course). *Hangs head in shame*
:)
These cookies look divine!

November 7, 2011 11:14 PM
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Karen Dunn said...

Gotta make ‘em!! Thanks Bakerella..they look YUMMY!

November 7, 2011 11:14 PM
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backcountrybelle said...

ooohhh that yummy chocolate comfort looks so good! Wish I could have one now! Thanks for the inspiration.

November 7, 2011 11:14 PM
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Linda said...

i’ll be making these this week…yum!

November 7, 2011 11:15 PM
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martina said...

Umm yeah making these tomorrow.. Just bought these perfect little morsels…. Mahahahahaa! Thanks fer the plan man…

November 7, 2011 11:16 PM
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Amanda said...

YUM!! these look so good! I will have to bake these soon :)

November 7, 2011 11:16 PM
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Lorelei said...

I’m gonna make ‘em NOW! After my poppyseed bread and milk chocolate banana-pecan bread cool…

November 7, 2011 11:18 PM
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Kelly S. said...

Love these chips from Nestle. I was actually at Target today and discovered the “limited edition” dark chocolate and mint chips, also from Nestle. Good Lord I love this time of year!! ;)
Oh, and I regularly eat an abnormally large amount of still warm cookies. Good thing my 2 year old is my only witness!! :)

November 7, 2011 11:19 PM
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zuccherino said...

They look amazing! Unfortunately I don’t like peanut buttet, but I might substitute for nutella :)

November 7, 2011 11:19 PM
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Magdalena Vargas said...

Those look so GOOD!!! ;)

November 7, 2011 11:20 PM
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JennyB said...

Forget baking them. I would probably eat the dough before I could get them in the oven! Yummy!

November 7, 2011 11:24 PM
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cupcakes forever said...

it looks so yuuuuuuuuuummmy. i try this recipe. :)thanks

November 7, 2011 11:26 PM
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Laurel said...

A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand.

November 7, 2011 11:26 PM
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Mandie said...

*raises hand*
*slinks down in my comfy cozy bed and thinks about eating the rest of the baked goods in the house just so i can make these tomorrow*

November 7, 2011 11:28 PM
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Laurel said...

Angie, do the dark chocolate morsels taste different than the semi-sweet chocolate morsels?

November 7, 2011 11:28 PM
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Patti M said...

I am allergic to nuts too…can we just leave out the peanut butter? Do we need to sub it with something else?

November 7, 2011 11:35 PM
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Kara said...

Um YUM! I want!

Do you deliver?

November 7, 2011 11:41 PM
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Anne said...

Oooo YUM! My hand is raised so high it is touching the sky. Biccies straight from the oven are something I can’t resist. Sounds great can’t wait to try them out.

November 7, 2011 11:46 PM
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Aly said...

Those dark chocolate chips are the BEST! I keep them in a glass jar with a lid on my kitchen counter, if you don’t have cookies around a few of those will usually hold you over!

November 7, 2011 11:47 PM
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Gisela said...

Yes! Cookies do spell comfort for me. Had a really bad day today, so I whipped some chocolate chips cookies up, and (raises hand) I ate a hole bunch. I did share some with my 3 year old. I’ll have to make these next time.

November 7, 2011 11:49 PM
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Jane J said...

Oh my! Those look so good! I will definitely be making those! Thanks for sharing!

November 7, 2011 11:49 PM
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Amanda said...

Peanut butter makes cookies awesome!

November 7, 2011 11:52 PM
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Cathy said...

you had me at chocolate peanut butter. Yum!

November 7, 2011 11:54 PM
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Tracy said...

I raised my hand! Oh so bad but it feels so good!!!!! :)

November 7, 2011 11:55 PM
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Kiran @ KiranTarun.com said...

Those are some decadent looking cookies. Need some. Pronto!

November 8, 2011 12:03 AM
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Ellen said...

Oh my, yummy yummy yummy, just my kind of cookies. I can no longer eat a dozen at a time now that I’m older, maybe 2, sometimes, 3. How sad! They look fantastic.

November 8, 2011 12:07 AM
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Stephanie said...

It gets pretty ugly in my kitchen, when the cookies first come out of the oven. My boyfriend has been banned from watching me gorge because, apparently, I overdo it a little.

In my defense, they taste the best FRESH out of the oven, too hot to even touch.

November 8, 2011 12:07 AM
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Miriam @ Overtime Cook said...

Peanut butter and chocolate mixed together in one amazing cookie? It’s like I’m destined not to lose any weight this week!

Oh well. Cookies come first.

November 8, 2011 12:21 AM
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Maria said...

I agree, cookies are comforting. You can’t beat a cookie fresh from the oven. Love this recipe!

November 8, 2011 12:26 AM
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Joni @ Truffle Pops and More said...

Oh. My. Goodness! Yummy! I must make these!

November 8, 2011 12:37 AM
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Bethany said...

Mmmm those look so good! I will definitely have to make some :)

November 8, 2011 12:58 AM
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Jen said...

* hand raised *
I too am a sucker for the right out of the oven so hot you can almost not stand it cookie! That is why I love to keep homemade dough in the freezer. We love to put in 8 or so for a nice fresh baked dessert. That would be for two adults and 1 5 yr old. Now the twins r almost 1, we will have to make more!

November 8, 2011 01:02 AM
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Maia said...

I’ve eaten more cookies than I care to admit while still tongue-scaldingly hot!

I find that cookies with peanut butter taste divine right out of the oven, and while still good the next day, they lose their magic to a greater degree than most other cookies. Maybe they are just that amazing fresh-baked that anything else seems like a let-down!

November 8, 2011 01:18 AM
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cecily ruvalcaba said...

you need to make more recipe books!! one on cupcakes and another on cookies!!!

i heart bakerella!

cecily

PS these cookies look oh so yummy in my tummy like my daughter would say!

November 8, 2011 01:34 AM
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Jackie G. said...

“Just curious. Raise your hand if you’ve ever eaten an embarrassing amount of cookies before they can even cool.”

I let out an absurd cackle/chuckle when I saw that. Not because the mere thought was just that ridiculous, but because I can relate in such a ridiculous way. Thanks for that, Bakerella. I hope I didnt wake up my kids.

Thanks even more so for another recipe to try! My little dudes are going to flip their sugar-crazed lids when they hear about these. Youre such a cute little ball of talent and I love the recipes/ideas you always share! ^_^

I love you long time<3
….not my backside though…that part of me tries to hate you :p

November 8, 2011 02:00 AM
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snow said...

who can resist a warm cookie, fresh from the oven? ya gotta be crazy! love ‘em!!! love ‘em a little – or a lot – too much! ;o)

these cookies look YUMMY! i haven’t baked cookies for a while but i may need to make these. chocolate and peanut butter… omg!

November 8, 2011 02:44 AM
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Notyet100 said...

I feel like picking one,…:)

November 8, 2011 03:16 AM
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Regina said...

Before they are cool? No way! I sometimes eat half of the dough if it’s not even baked! It’s so yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe, as a real cookie addict I’ll try this soon! Have a nice day!
Regina

November 8, 2011 04:07 AM
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Tanya said...

Oh my gosh! these look so so so good ! I am going to make first thing tomorrow . Thank you . I hope you are feeling great after your operation

November 8, 2011 04:35 AM
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Sally said...

Guilty – raises hand! Sat here with coffee and homemade cookie thinking how yummy yours look – definately a must try recipe!

November 8, 2011 05:16 AM
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Molly said...

As soon as I can figure out what to sub for the peanut butter (I’m allergic) I am making these! Think I could just nix the pb without subbing it, or would that mess with everything?

November 8, 2011 05:25 AM
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Blog is the New Black said...

I don’t even like dark chocolate… but you’re making me!

November 8, 2011 05:27 AM
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Anna Bee said...

These look super delicious – Cookies are my comfort food too :-) And yoir photos make me wanna make some right now!

November 8, 2011 05:29 AM
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Sandra said...

Nothing like cookie comfort.

November 8, 2011 06:13 AM
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Shannon said...

I only eat cookies just after they’ve come out of the oven. Once they’ve sat and cooled down they’re just not the same. :)

November 8, 2011 06:24 AM
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kelli said...

oh yummy!! can’t wait to try this recipe out! :)

November 8, 2011 06:46 AM
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Jennifer said...

You had me at “chocolate”. I used some of the new dark chocolate chips a couple weeks ago when I made your triple chip cookies (with the dark chocolate instead of the butterscotch b/c I was out). They are truly awesome.

November 8, 2011 06:53 AM
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Lauren at Keep It Sweet said...

I am embarrassingly raising both hands.

Cookies really are so comforting. I almost always have a batch in the freezer. In fact. we just moved, and my husband doesn’t understand how we don’t have any cookies on hand.

November 8, 2011 06:53 AM
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Rachel O. said...

*raises hand*
Basically I’ve turned into such a cookie snob that once the cookies cool I will no longer eat them. I only like them warm out of the oven, all melty and gooey.

Thank goodness my family doesn’t share in my snobbery or there would be a lot of wasted cookies!

November 8, 2011 06:53 AM
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Julia said...

*raises hand sheepishly*

Yeah, i’m WAY guilty. Mmm, cookies right out of the oven, ya cant beat that. They are definitely as good the next day. But still good. Cant wait to try this recipe! Thanks Bakerella!

Ps. OH MEH GAWD peanut butter and dark chocolate?!?! To die for!

November 8, 2011 06:54 AM
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Jen from Cup a Dee Cakes said...

* Raises hand also *

These cookies look SO yummy!

November 8, 2011 07:18 AM
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Kelsey said...

I certainly have!! And then I wonder why the recipe didn’t make as many as it said it would…. :)

November 8, 2011 07:25 AM
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Kristin said...

Oh man. I have a bunch of pecans to use up. I think this may need to be what I use them on. These look soooo good!

November 8, 2011 07:31 AM
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Katrina said...

Big fan right here! These sound awesome!

November 8, 2011 07:44 AM
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Janice Mason said...

They look fantastic! I’ll have to try these when I start doing my holiday baking, thanks for the recipe!

November 8, 2011 07:50 AM
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jennibell said...

Yum! These look delish :) Love that they have a hint of p’butter too. . .my kids love the stuff — ha! I was thinking about rolling them in powdered sugar?? I just made a chocolate cookie recently and blogged about it. . .that’s what gave me the idea. I also discovered the dark chocolate chips for that recipe — I think they made all the difference.

November 8, 2011 07:58 AM
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nancy k. said...

Raising two hands and waving. I love baking cookies and happily have lots of friends who like being gifted with them, I always try at least one when I take a batch out of the oven. Have to test them, right??
I am happy to see Nestles is finally making darkchips and your cookie recipe seems a perfect place to use them. Can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing.
Hope you And your mom are doing well!

November 8, 2011 07:59 AM
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rita said...

These sound delish! Wish I hadn’t read this post on the bus to work. :-(

November 8, 2011 08:03 AM
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jess said...

So yummy. I want some NOW. Question though; what if using peanut butter is not an option?!

November 8, 2011 08:22 AM
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sue said...

Oh I love how thick and chewy those look. and I will admit to nothing on the interent! How many cookies I do not eat is no ones business ;p

November 8, 2011 08:46 AM
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Joan said...

Is there a way to print just the recipe?

November 8, 2011 08:48 AM
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Jo and Sue said...

Chocolate chip cookies are my favorite….especially chocolate chocolate chip! These look so cute! Tiny, yes, but that just means you can eat more of them :)

November 8, 2011 08:49 AM
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Mary C. said...

Just raised two hands. And a foot. Or two.

November 8, 2011 08:50 AM
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Joan said...

I figured it out, just copied and pasted to notepad, but I guess I’m still curious if there’s a print button somewhere I just haven’t spotted. Thanks for a delicious recipe.

November 8, 2011 08:52 AM
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Caroline Bull said...

Those look amazing! I needed something to bake for the Austin Fire Training Department for letting my cadets use their equipment, and I just found it. Then, I’ll try to make them gluten free – for me.

November 8, 2011 08:57 AM
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TheFoodGospelAccordingtoRuth said...

I am not a huge baker but these make me want to give it another chance!!

November 8, 2011 08:58 AM
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Lisa said...

If I wasn’t typing this I would have both hands raised! How many times a fresh cookie has burned my fingers or tongue and yet I reach for another one! I will definitely try this recipe for my Christmas goodie trays.

November 8, 2011 09:00 AM
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jess said...

Joan, there’s a print button right at the bottom of the pic of the cookies that says “enjoy” (above where the comments begin). press it, it takes you to another screen and then scroll to the bottom and hit “print”

November 8, 2011 09:09 AM
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Sylvie Greeniaus said...

What no stick!
Your photographing skills are comming along. Wowwy! Good for you…
Sylvie G Toronto

November 8, 2011 09:26 AM
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Kristin said...

Your pictures are always gorgeous, but the one of the swirled cookie dough and the one with the chips going into the dough make me want to whip up a batch of cookies instantly, to get my cookie dough fix!

November 8, 2011 09:27 AM
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Toni said...

Bakerella,

I’m dying to try a new baking ingredient from Williams-Sonoma. Technically, it’s for making hot chocolate, but it’s just a can full of chocolate shavings. Last year I got the plain version, and mixed it into cakes, cookies, and brownies. The little flakes of chocolate just melt right into anything.

However, this year they have come out with a chocolate peppermint version, and the one I’m really excited about, Salted Caramel! I can’t wait to incorporate it as a new ingredient. If you come up with any great ideas, I’d love to hear them.

(Just search for Hot Chocolate on Williams-Sonoma.)

November 8, 2011 09:30 AM
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Casey said...

These look sooo yummy! But do you use salted or unsalted butter? Want to add these to my Christmas baking list!

November 8, 2011 09:37 AM
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Julie said...

Thanks for the laugh this morning. I need to run out and buy those dark chocolate chips! I can’t wait to make those yummy cookies!

November 8, 2011 09:44 AM
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Jordan said...

Totally making these this morning during a study break. Mmm mmm!

November 8, 2011 09:45 AM
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Heather S said...

One time I made some coconut macaroons knowing full well that my 2 little ones and husband wouldn’t eat them (don’t like coconut). I figured I’d give some away to friends, which I did…but my recipe makes a ton of cookies, so I still had lots left over (like a few dozen). I think those cookies were gone in less than 48 hrs. Yes, I had a tummy ache. No, I didn’t care. Yes, that incident probably accounts for some cavities. But, oh, were they divine.

November 8, 2011 09:54 AM
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Sherrie said...

I have a confession. I keep raw cookie dough (made with egg replacer) in the freezer for when I need a cookie fix.

These look like great cookies. Can’t wait to try them.

November 8, 2011 09:54 AM
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Kelli said...

My hand is raised high! I’m kind of a chocolate chip cookie purist, so I’ve never tried chocolate ones before…but I may be making these before the day is over:)

November 8, 2011 10:10 AM
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Arasia said...

I just got an oven not too long ago, i’m gonna try these out for the first bake in my oven!
Thanks, Bakerella! <3

November 8, 2011 10:12 AM
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Robin said...

I Love cookies….and I think they are the best thing I can cook. I have come up with a couple recipes of my own…Robin’s Cowgirl Cookies – a variation on Cowboy Cookies and a Cherry Cheesecake bar – which is almost cake like so you get a cookie and a cake all in one!

November 8, 2011 10:21 AM
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SamCyn said...

Oh YUM! I’ve been craving some choc chip cookies these last couple of days…looks like I’m just going to HAVE to go there ;-)

November 8, 2011 10:34 AM
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Seanna Lea said...

One word, because my husband might find this and compell me to bake: Nutella!

My husband would love these (though not as much as I would). I haven’t eaten a horrendous number of cookies straight from the oven since I was in grade school. I’m way more likely to shape them and a freeze them, so I can have one or two piping hot gooey cookies right from the oven.

November 8, 2011 10:42 AM
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Leigh said...

Love love love your photography which makes me want to immediately make whatever cookies you are showing? I am in the “warm out of the oven” club – I don’t care about eating the dough.
Thank you!

November 8, 2011 10:55 AM
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Caroline france said...

Thnak you, I’m hungry!!!!

November 8, 2011 11:05 AM
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Erin said...

Great cookies, with the dark chocolate, peanut butter and nuts = yum!

November 8, 2011 11:17 AM
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Lyndsi said...

Oh dear… sadly, I have literally gobbled down an entire batch of cookies **intended** for someone else, then had to make more so I still had some to give away. These look so good! I LOVE how thick they turned out.

November 8, 2011 11:18 AM
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Jenny said...

Oh my goodness! SO have to make these soon! :-D I LOVE chocolate and peanut butter, especially together! =P

November 8, 2011 11:21 AM
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MINDY1 said...

You are making me hungry :( I love dark chocolate ANYTHING!!!

November 8, 2011 11:45 AM
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Miss Overballe said...

I’ve totally done that *raising hand*

November 8, 2011 11:55 AM
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Mandy W. said...

Raising my hand way up…I especially love those slightly underbaked, chewy ones when they are too warm to hold in your hand. Nobody knows that but my dog, and she won’t tell! These look great!

November 8, 2011 12:00 PM
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Michelle said...

It’s settled! This is what I’m having for dinner tonight :)

November 8, 2011 12:23 PM
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Lindsey said...

I was planning on snacking on pepper slices today, but these look much more satisfying.

November 8, 2011 12:28 PM
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tina said...

Oh my, I’m going to have to look fore those chocolate chips next time I’m out and about.

November 8, 2011 12:30 PM
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Linda L said...

My hand is up!!! Who hasn’t????????? These look awesome!! Thanks for the recipe! Can I put my hand down now??? LOL

November 8, 2011 01:27 PM
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Amanda said...

Your step by step photos are always so yummy! I could just stare at the butter, sugar, and chocolate all day :)

November 8, 2011 01:40 PM
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Monica said...

Best chocolate chip cookies i’ve ever done!!

I like how they hold their shape. Just take them out of the oven, they’re so soft :) thank for the recipe

November 8, 2011 02:14 PM
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