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.
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.
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.
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.
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!