Chocolate is a Battlefield

by Andie Mitchell on July 22, 2010

I’m eccentric. Bananas, really. How do I know? Because I just realized that “We Will Rock You” was blaring on Pandora at 7:30 a.m. My apartment walls nearly crumbling, neighbors checking rental locations on the other side of Seattle. To be honest, I hadn’t even realized that I was listening to music at a decibel that could crack glass until I dropped a spoon full of chocolate mousse on the kitchen floor and the clank of silver seemed much too loud for the wee hours.

…and then I realized that perhaps the music wasn’t the only outrageous activity going on in my apartment at the crack of dawn. Lack of pants, a pile of freshly sliced zucchini sharing the cutting board with chopped dark chocolate…It’s a miracle I function in the world.

If it weren’t for these recipes, my life would be a series of chocolatey mishaps in the kitchen. How appropriate that “Livin’ on a Prayer” just began playing. Me by my onesies, elbow deep in ganache, talking to myself in a British accent. Not even as lucky as Mel Gibson to have someone at least recording it.

Audio or video of me multitasking would all at once be a treat and an episode of “Pee Wee’s Playhouse.”

You know that saying, “We all put on our pants one leg at a time?” Not true. Your girl here shoves both legs in at once. Unties both sneakers with each hand. 4 seconds flat. Call me obsessed with efficiency. I just want to streamline every effort. Unless said effort involves chocolate. Because that is a battlefield (can you tell Pat Benatar just came on the radio?) that requires all of my undivided concentration.

Case in point:

The ultimate chewy chocolate cookies stuffed with a puff of chocolate buttercream. It’s like biting into the dense fudge texture of a brownie and revealing the light as air lusciousness of chocolate mousse. Soft meets supple meets sweet oblivion. Makes you want to quit your job and be a stay at home chocolatier. I’ve tried it. Turning down executive positions because I was holding out for that call from Willy Wonka, himself. Don’t they need anyone to lick the wall paper for quality control purposes?

Chewy Chocolate Cookies (recipe by Cooks Illustrated, my favorite baking companion)

makes 2 dozen, 3 inch cookies

1/3 cup granulated sugar (about 2 1/2 ounces), plus 1/2 cup for coating
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (7 1/2 ounces)
3/4 cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt plus 1/8 tsp salt
1/2 cup dark corn syrup
1 large egg white
1 tsp vanilla extract
12 TBSP (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter , softened
1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar (about 2 1/2 ounces)
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate , chopped into 1/2-inch pieces

  • Preheat oven to 375°. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Place ½ cup granulated sugar in shallow baking dish or pie plate. Whisk flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt together in medium bowl. Whisk corn syrup, egg white, and vanilla together in small bowl.
  • In stand mixer, or using a handheld electric mixer, beat butter, brown sugar, and remaining 1/3 cup granulated sugar at medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 mins. Add corn syrup mixture, and beat until fully incorporated, about 20 secs, scraping down the sides of the bowl. Add flour mixture and chopped chocolate; mix until just combined on low speed, about 30 secs, scraping bowl once. Give dough final stir with rubber spatula to ensure that no pockets of flour remain at bottom. Chill dough 30 minutes to firm slightly
    (but no longer than 30 mins)
  • Divide dough into 24 equal portions; roll between hands into balls about 1 inch in diameter. Working in batches, drop half of the dough balls into baking dish with sugar and toss to coat. Set dough balls on prepared baking sheet, spacing about 2 inches apart; repeat with second batch. Bake, reversing position of the baking sheets halfway through baking (from top to bottom and front to back), until cookies are puffed and cracked and edges have begun to set but centers are still soft (cookies will look raw between cracks and seem underdone), 8 to 10 minutes. Do not overbake.
  • Cool cookies on baking sheet 5 mins, then transfer cookies to wire rack; cool to room temperature

Simple Chocolate Buttercream Filling:

1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), at room temperature

2  2/3 cups confectioner’s sugar

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/3 cup milk (you may not want this entire amount, start with a few TBSP at a time)

1 tsp vanilla extract

  • Whisk confectioner’s sugar and cocoa powder together in a medium bowl and set aside.
  • Beat the butter on medium-high until it is fluffy (about 30 secs).
  • Gradually add the sugar mixture, one cup at a time, alternating with tablespoons of the milk, until the mixture is completely combined.
  • Beat in the vanilla
  • Whip the frosting on medium-high speed until you reach a light and fluffy consistency, about 3-4 minutes. Add more milk if you desire a thinner consistency.

To assemble the cookie sandwiches: When the cookies have cooled, spoon about 1-2 TBSP of the chocolate buttercream on the underside of one chewy chocolate cookie. Top with a second cookie and lightly smoosh the two together so that the buttercream oozes a bit to the edges of the sandwich. Enjoy!

{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

Cindy July 22, 2010 at 11:12 am

noticed the last picture stack was one cookie shy?

hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

truly, i love you. you make everything look like the absolute must have or die, absolute perfect dish for dinner and the like.

I made a pan cookie last night. sorry that I didn’t break out your magic cookie recipe or the lemon bars; but the teenager was helping so I broke out my bag mix…GASP. (which is odd, being he actually makes a mean batch of cookies from scratch now)

point being; I now need a slap upside the head and make more of THIS .

however, when all you have is 30 minutes and a clingy toddler to get a edible meal on the table before bath and bedtime….AAAAAHHHH

sometimes the fast track is what happens.

thanks for always setting the bar higher!
xoxo

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Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday July 22, 2010 at 11:29 am

I might have died and gone to heaven.

@cindy: you have a keen eye for the missing cookie. you must have been good at those “find what’s missing in this picture” games as a child.

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Erica July 22, 2010 at 11:31 am

hahah I am a multitasking maniac. I also consider myself extremely efficient (in fact I went to school for Industrial engineering- aka efficiency engineering :)). These sound delicious and look just perfect. You have mad baking skills :)

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Liz @ Tip Top Shape July 22, 2010 at 11:43 am

Ooohh, these look good!!

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Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman July 22, 2010 at 11:50 am

Nothing wrong with being efficient–so what if you leave the house with chocolate smeared over your chin? These, as do the rest of your bakery creations, look amazing. Thanks for the chocolate craving.

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Christine @ Grub, Sweat and Cheers July 22, 2010 at 12:52 pm

God you crack me up…that post is hilarious. I wish I could fly you into my kitchen today as I have to bake a birthday cake or possibly two because my while my soon-to-be 3 yr old has requested chocolate, and it is her birthdya, her 6 yr old sister doesn’t like chocolate. I know, I don’t get it either. Though she did promise she might taste it, like she’s doing me some grand favor. Sigh.

Ok…I’m babbling. That bananas thing is catching.

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Can You Stay for Dinner July 22, 2010 at 12:59 pm

Christine, I’m worried about your six year old. Not liking chocolate? This doesn’t sit well with me. Send her, bags packed, for an all-expenses paid trip to Seattle to stay with her “Auntie Andrea” and she’ll be back in your arms with a chocolate mustache in no time at all. I will not cover rehab, though.

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Meg July 22, 2010 at 1:49 pm

You crack me up! Pants are overrated. Usually. Once, I was letting my dog out in the front yard and a police officer came by to “admire him” and there is pantsless me hiding behind the front door like there’s no problem at all.

Let’s see… it would probably take me approximately 12 hours to drive from Idaho to Seattle. Can I live under the table and catch all the crumbs?

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Can You Stay for Dinner July 22, 2010 at 1:56 pm

Meg, Hilarious about the cop and you pantless! Ha! Something I would absolutely be involved in! And listen, get yourself to Seattle! Someone has to be eating these baked goods with me!!

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Krista July 22, 2010 at 1:54 pm

I thought you were gonna say that you added zucchini to the cookies! HA!! Seriously, though…they look great.

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Can You Stay for Dinner July 22, 2010 at 1:57 pm

Thanks, Krista! I know- don’t you wish I at least did something worthwhile with the zucchini. I suppose I could have healthified the cookies in some manner by grating the zucchini…but that wouldn’t be nearly as fun

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Tina July 22, 2010 at 2:03 pm

You have me SO craving chocolate right now! Thanks a lot. LOL

I love all your song references. :)

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cozydelicious July 22, 2010 at 2:10 pm

I love the image of dancing around the kitchen in your PJs singing like crazy at 7am. Fantastic. And beautiful photos too!

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Anna July 22, 2010 at 3:03 pm

You are absolutely hilarious and I have fallen completely in love with your blog. P.s. I totally cook, bake and just walk around my house pant-less. My poor, poor roommate.

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Can You Stay for Dinner July 22, 2010 at 3:09 pm

Thanks, Anna! Your comment just made me smile so big! (and feel less alone about preferring a pant-less life)

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Katie @ Health for the Whole Self July 22, 2010 at 3:05 pm

This looks like pure, delicious decadence. I love it!

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Jennifer July 22, 2010 at 4:23 pm

Yum this looks so good! I am a HUGE chocolate lover.

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Brittany July 22, 2010 at 5:35 pm

I heart you. Seriously, I do!

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Can You Stay for Dinner July 22, 2010 at 5:38 pm

Thanks, Britt! I heart you too!

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Leah @ Why Deprive? July 22, 2010 at 5:57 pm

I LOVE how descriptive you are! Pretty sure I’ll be fanticizing about chocolate for the rest of the day.

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Cristina - Teenie Cakes July 22, 2010 at 6:51 pm

Lovely blog, enjoy your writing. First time here and definitely will be back. These chewy chocolate cookies look decadent and gorgeous. I look forward to making these cookies!

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Can You Stay for Dinner July 22, 2010 at 6:55 pm

Thanks Cristina! I hope you do make them- they’re gems

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amy24ny July 22, 2010 at 11:02 pm

wow thanks for putting this on here! I’m already craving it!

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Can You Stay for Dinner July 22, 2010 at 11:28 pm

Thanks, Amy!

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Sophie @ yumventures July 23, 2010 at 7:57 am

Very delicious!

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Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life July 23, 2010 at 7:23 am

They look amazing!

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Becca August 5, 2010 at 11:29 am

I’m a new reader of your blog and I can’t get enough! These cookies look AMAZING, I am so printing out the recipe. Can’t wait to keep reading!

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Can You Stay for Dinner August 5, 2010 at 7:41 pm

Thanks, Becca! Enjoy the cookies- they’re awesome!!

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