Thursday, August 13, 2015

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Do you have a cookie recipe that reminds you of childhood?  You know, the one that your Mom made on the regular; that just smells like home?  For me, it's Chocolate Chocolate Chip cookies.  I loved them as a kid, and I love making them for my boys.  Actually, they are so easy to make that it's one of my favorite things to make with my boys!

These cookies have the shortest ingredient list ever!  You'll need:

A box of Devil's Food cake mix (or really any dark chocolate cake)
2 eggs
1 stick butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla
2 Tbsp flour (if necessary)
6 oz. chocolate chips

First step, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Now onto the good stuff.... dump roughly half of the bag of cake mix into a bowl.  I take my hand and squeeze the bag of mix in half.  Yep, fancy.  

Next, add your softened butter, both eggs, and the vanilla.  I can't be the only one in the world that doesn't measure vanilla, right?  I just squeeze in whatever looks like enough.  

Then mix it up nice and smooth.  And then you should probably taste it.  You know, to make sure that it's working out OK.  

Now, grab the rest of your cake mix and slowly mix it into the batter.  It'll get thicker, so you'll probably have to taste it again.  It's all about quality control.  

When my Mom used to make the original recipe, the cookies often came out a bit flat.  So over the year she learned that a couple of tablespoons of flour helped fluff them up a bit.  When you add the flour, add your chips!  I had jumbo on hand, so I dumped in a handful or 2.  

Give 'em a good mix and plop 'em a few inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.  I REALLY love my Pampered Chef cookie scoop!  Pop 'em in the oven for 10-12 minutes.  

I used my Airbake sheets because they're prettier than my other ones, but I wouldn't recommend doing so.  Classic "Do as I say, not as I do".  I have a love/hate relationship with Airbake.  Sometimes I just don't like the texture of cookies baked on them.

When they're done, they'll still be a bit soft in the middle.  Like, you'll almost think that they aren't done.  Trust me, take them out!  Then let them sit on the cookie sheet for a couple of minutes before removing them to a baking rack to cool.  

They usually aren't quite so fluffy, which I prefer.  But the Airbakes did something weird.  I prefer them a tiny bit flatter, but they were still fudgy and delish.

So once they are a little cool, you should probably taste test them one more time.  I mean, it's really best to be thorough.  

I love when they're cool, but the chocolate chips are still a bit warm, so they're nice and creamy.

The inside is dense, but not too heavy.  The boys call them "Brownie Cookies", and they definitely remind me of brownies as well.  This is probably why I like them so much!  Gather up your kiddos and whip up a batch.  I promise you won't regret it.  And if you do, let me know how it goes!

Here's the whole recipe in one shot to make it a little easier:

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Box Devil's Food cake mix
1 stick butter, softened
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 Tbsp flour
6 oz chocolate chips

Beat together half cake mix, butter, eggs, and vanilla.  Gradually add the remaining cake mix.  Stir in flour and chocolate chips.  Drop by tablespoon onto ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.  Cool on cookie sheet for 2 minutes before removing to rack.

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