Guess what? Today is my birthday! I am 31 years old today, which sounds so incredibly old to me that I can hardly believe it. I know in the grand scheme of things that I’m still very young… most of the people at my work are in their eighties and nineties, after all. But 31 sounds like an age where you’ve got it all figured out, and I certainly don’t. Maybe I’ll have life figured out at 41? 🙂
Anyway, I always find that a treat is important for every occasion (and every non-occasion) so I’ve got some delicious cookies for you today! These cookies are so rich and chewy. The texture is amazing, and I love all that dark chocolate flavor in every bite. I had fun making these with my little Abby and letting her roll all the balls of dough in the sugar. She did an awesome job (as you can see). I’ve made these three or four times now since I discovered the recipe a couple of months ago, and they have turned out beautifully every time I’ve made them. Try them and love them like I do!
Soft and Chewy Dark Chocolate Sugar Cookies
adapted from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe
1/3 cup sugar
1 1/2 sticks butter, melted
1 3/4 cups packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk
1 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
Preheat oven to 350. Put the sugar on a plate or shallow dish and set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together the melted butter, brown sugar, vanilla, and salt until well combined. Add the egg and egg yolk, and mix until combined. Add the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and baking powder, and mix until just combined. The dough should be relatively stiff. Roll the dough into 20-24 balls (about 2 tablespoons each). Roll each ball in the sugar, then place on a lightly greased baking sheet. Flatten slightly with the bottom of a glass. Bake 12-14 minutes, or until the cookies have puffed up and cracked.