Monday, September 1, 2008

Any excuse to bake

The previously mentioned adorable and sweet next-door-neighbor had her baby last week. My twins are absolutely fascinated by this. They are old enough to grasp that Baby Next Door Neighbor was inside Mrs. Next Door Neighbor and then, miraculously, out and wrapped in a blanket and sitting in a bouncy seat inside Mrs. Next Door Neighbor's Family Room. Thing 2 was even brazen enough to rub Mrs. Next Door Neighbor's belly to feel the baby's back during one of her last pregnant days.

Fortunately for them, the proud big brother invited them over to see his masterpiece on the very first day he was home from the hospital.

It's been a nonstop topic of conversation in our house ever since.

Today we baked in celebration of their new arrival. Logic tells you that we baked the cookies for them. Sadly, the recipe only made 20 cookies and by the time each of us tasted one, there were not enough to plate for a gift. This recipe was a keeper, though, so we'll make it again soon.

Cocoa Cookies with Chocolate Chips
Adapted from Alice Medrich

1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
¼ tsp. baking soda
1/8 tsp. salt
4 Tbsp. (½ stick) unsalted butter
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup light brown sugar
7 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
1/3 cup plain yogurt, preferably not low- or nonfat
1 tsp. vanilla extract
½ cup chocolate chips, preferably Ghirardelli brand, either semisweet or bittersweet

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone liner.

In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Place the butter in a medium microwave-safe bowl, and microwave briefly, until just melted. Add the sugars, and sift in the cocoa. Stir to blend well. The mixture will be somewhat thick and pasty, like wet sand. Add the yogurt and vanilla and stir to mix thoroughly. Add the dry flour mixture, and stir to just combine. Add the chocolate chips and stir to incorporate.

Drop the dough by generous tablespoons onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes, or until the tops of the cookies have crackled slightly and look set. Transfer the sheet pan to a wire rack, and cool the cookies on the pan for 10 minutes. Transfer them to the rack to cool completely. Repeat with remaining dough.


Kelly said...

You are my recipe resource. Sounds yummy! I do not bake nearly enough with my kids. They love it when we do.

Kathy B! said...

You're going to have to quit your day job and get into the cooking biz! And I am going to have to stop reading after 9:00 pm - you're making me hungry!