Sarabeth’s Chocolate Chubbies

by Andie Mitchell on May 22, 2013

chocolate chubbies

My mom and I baked these together on Mother’s Day. Actually she started baking them, realized she forgot to add the butter three-quarters of the way through the process, and began crying and flailing about the kitchen, telling me that this was why she never bakes anymore—at which point I told her how beautiful (so young!) she looked and, also, that I could fix them. Now, to put this incident into context, on St. Patrick’s Day, I mixed up the baking soda and the baking powder in not one but three loaves of Irish Soda Bread. Melt downs were had by all. Baking wasn’t going smoothly for either of us.

chocolate chubbies

Even after trying to fix the batter, it was thin, save for all of the many, many chunks of chocolate and nuts. Still, I pressed on. I dropped big, sloppy globs onto my cookie sheet, pushed the trays into the oven, set the timer, and contemplated remaking the whole shebang, just in case.

chocolate chubbies

Seventeen minutes later, I cracked open the door and peeked in. The tops of the cookies were puffed, cracked, and shiny like meringue—just as the recipe said they should be. I pulled the trays out immediately and let them cool, which, no—no, I didn’t; I barely waited. I like to repeatedly burn that one spot on the roof of my mouth.

I fed one to Mom. She bit down and we looked at each other. We nodded. “Oh my God,” we said, nearly in unison.

chocolate chubbies

They were—they are—outrageous. As good as good gets, honestly. When I think of all of the hundreds (thousands?) of chocolate cookies I’ve eaten throughout my life, even the best ones pale in comparison. They weren’t nearly chocolatey enough. Not chewy like this. They didn’t have the same richness, and not even close to the decadence.

chocolate chubbies

These chubby cookies are part cookie, part brownie. A brownie in cookie form. The centers are doughy, chewy to the point of melting in your mouth. What’s special about them, other than their lovable fudgy texture, is the intensity of the chocolate—and that’s certainly what we’d hope for after tossing three types of it into the batter.

Get the recipe—an adaptation from the famous Sarabeth’s Bakery—over at Serious Eats!

Question: What’s the best cookie you’ve ever had? If you can share or link to the recipe, yay!

{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

darcy May 22, 2013 at 11:29 pm

They look amazing, but looking at the recipe, I cannot eat those with all that butter in them. How do you stay healthy eating these? Do you have a revised version to make them healthy? Thanks!

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Diane @ Vintage Zest May 23, 2013 at 1:09 am

Yes, these look ridiculously yummy! My absolute favorite cookies are the Giant Chocolate Toffee Cookies from Bon Appetit. I looove when the toffee bits get liquidy and then reharden. So delish and decadent!

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Giant-Chocolate-Toffee-Cookies-103095

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Andie Mitchell May 29, 2013 at 3:41 pm

I was just chatting with a friend about our mutual love for toffee. Actually, in my hotel mini bar recently while traveling there were these amazing little toffee squares and, well, let’s just say there were gone after the first night :)

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Diane @ Vintage Zest May 30, 2013 at 4:20 pm

That’s definitely some devotion to toffee, because we all know how much hotel mini bars cost!

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Maureen @ Breaking Free & Finding Me May 23, 2013 at 6:56 am

yum!!! these look fabulous! love that you and your mom baked together on Mother’s Day!

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Shannon May 23, 2013 at 8:04 am

Making these today! They look fabulous… Thank you for sharing.

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Reny May 23, 2013 at 9:22 am

Yummy! And beautiful pictures too. To respond to the above comment, everything in moderation. Eat what you want, just keep it reasonable.

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Robyn May 23, 2013 at 9:23 am

Oatmeal crispies! These aren’t chocolate, but they’re AMAZING. Must try. http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2007/09/marlboro_mans_favorite_cookies_oatmeal_crispies/

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Andie Mitchell May 29, 2013 at 3:29 pm

Yes, there’s absolutely a place in my heart for a crisp cookie. And this might be the one. Everything Pioneer Woman makes is the best thing I’ve ever tasted. She’s incredible.

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Rocio May 23, 2013 at 12:59 pm

They look awesome!!!! I want one :)

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Arlene May 23, 2013 at 4:04 pm

The best cookie I’ve ever had are called “Sara Bernhardt Cookies”. I know, I never heard of them until I was in Rhinebeck, NY last fall and went into a little shop where these were their specialty. They look like little chocolate mounds, but have like 3 layers inside. I found a recipe, but they look pretty labor intensive. Believe me when I say, they were AWESOME!!

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grace May 28, 2013 at 4:38 pm

To Arlene:

Do you mind sharing the recipe for the Sara Bernhardt cookies? I don’t mind labor intensive!
My email is maxgrace7383@yahoo.com. Thanks!

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Andie Mitchell May 29, 2013 at 3:27 pm

3 layers inside 1 cookie? I need this recipe! What’s the texture like?

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joanie September 7, 2013 at 9:54 am

Hello Arlene,

Can you please tell me the name of the shop in Rhinebeck, NY where you tried the “Sarah Bernhardt cookies”? Thank you!

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*Andrea* May 23, 2013 at 11:54 pm

these look soooo good!!!!

for some reason i can’t follow your blog in google reader? i’m subscribed but haven’t received any updates in months even though you’ve posted :(

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Erin May 24, 2013 at 8:52 am

I have 2 contenders that I make all the time, and I love to bake cookies so these are some serious accolades…

Brown Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip (hold the cinnamon and nutmeg – I like both, but not here; definitely add the coconut, nuts are optional). http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/awesome_oatmeal_chocolate_chip_cookie/

Salted Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies. Oh. My. Word. Insanely delicious. Even my father, who tolerates dessert, could not give these cookies enough credit.
http://www.annies-eats.com/2010/08/31/salted-double-chocolate-chunk-cookies/

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Andie Mitchell May 29, 2013 at 3:26 pm

I honestly think my heart stopped beating after I read the title of the first cookie. Then I revived myself, read the title of the second one, and…

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Erica May 24, 2013 at 9:06 am

I like the texture of your Chocolate Chubbies more than the ones pictured on Serious Eats. The others look too gooey. Your cookies remind me of these: http://www.chron.com/life/food/article/Chewy-Chocolate-Cookies-1774591.php Chewy chocolate cookies with walnuts are my favorite. By the way I like your web site and have been a fan for a while. Looking forward to your book. My sister and I are both planning on getting the book when it comes out.

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Andie Mitchell May 29, 2013 at 3:25 pm

Thanks Erica–seriously for everything! I agree with you about the cookies–I looked at the photo on Serious Eats and I thought to myself, Isn’t that just totally underdone? These babies are still super chewy and soft, but not oozing in the centers.
Also, I want a batch of the cookies in the link you shared!

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Sam May 27, 2013 at 7:59 am

Ah, so almost a brownie in cookie form! These look absolutely delicious!

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Sarah May 27, 2013 at 11:46 am

I made these today and they are delisious. These are very rich and just one is satisfying. Thank you for sharing!

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Andie Mitchell May 29, 2013 at 3:20 pm

Gah! So happy to hear it :)

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Natasha May 27, 2013 at 8:16 pm

These are not the most attractive cookie. But I don’t care at all. They were delicious!! I got high praises from everyone we shared them with. And they’re so rich I didn’t even want more than one! That’s a good thing in my book :) Thanks so much for sharing.

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Claudia June 19, 2013 at 8:00 pm

So, what is the exact recipe you used? I am guessing the one at Serious Eats is the recipe as it should have been made. Did you just omit the butter, or did you add some butter or something else when you were trying to “fix” the dough?

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Andie Mitchell June 19, 2013 at 8:51 pm

Hey Claudia,

I added the butter at the end by just melting it and stirring it into the batter, which, crazy enough, worked :)

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Gina June 20, 2013 at 1:49 pm

Just wanted to let you know – made these, loved them, came out exactly like yours (that never happens for me with baking). They were a big hit!

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pooja October 22, 2013 at 1:06 pm

hi, i tried these cookies, only coz of the extra chocolaty gooeyness… but i dont know how my dough is too wet, way too wet, almost like a cake batter. i am so disappointed. i put one for a trial in the oven n it spread into this thin sheet :( . wat did i do wrong. ??? how do i salvage it… ??

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