since being pregnant i developed this fantasy about me and my kid baking together. leeba, at 17 months, still does not really bake with me, but she does say "cake" every time i use the mixer and runs to see what is going on inside.
last weekend i made chocolate cookies. i used 70% dark chocolate instead of the semisweet that was recommended in the recipe. to be frank, this choice was not made because by some mighty culinary instinct, it was the only chocolate i had at home. i will admit, i was not sure how it would come out, but figured what is the worse case scenario here? its chocolate. i was concern of the intensity of the dark chocolate, and perhaps that leeba wont like it, after all she is now my most important customer.
once i melted the chocolate i gave some to leeba, in order to see her reaction. boy, she loved it and kept chasing me for more. my joy quickly turned to guilt, "only a bad mother would give her kid so much sugar." so i only gave her one more lick and than hid it away.
the cookies came out delicious and quite complex. i think the photos speak for how leeba felt about them.
INGREDIENTS8 ounces 70% dark chocolate, roughly chopped
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
2/3 cup all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
3/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 package (12 ounces) 70% dark chocolate
preheat oven to 350 degrees.
heat chopped chocolate and butter in a microwave-safe bowl in 20-second increments, stirring in between, until almost melted; do not overheat.
in another bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.
in a mixing bowl, beat eggs, brown sugar, and vanilla on high speed until light and fluffy. reduce speed to low; beat in melted chocolate. mix in flour mixture until just combined. Stir in chocolate pack.
drop heaping tablespoons of dough 2 to 3 inches apart onto baking sheets.
bake, rotating sheets halfway through, until cookies are shiny and crackly yet soft in centers, 12 to 15 minutes.
cool on sheets 10 minutes; with a thin metal spatula, transfer to racks to cool completely.
*recipe adopted from Marthastewart.com