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It was expected that I bring some cookies to a reunion of lifelong friends, so I dug deep in my archive and found these Triple Chocolate Cookies. Who doesn’t love chocolate?

I was heading to Moab, Utah, to hang out with these dear friends. Many I met in elementary school and a few in junior high and high school. These chocolate laden cookies disappeared quickly!

Triple Chocolate Cookies on a square white plate with red and white straws and a glass of milk

Triple Chocolate Cookies

From the second I read the name of these cookies, I knew the chocoholics in this house would be thrilled with these treats. I was not disappointed with their reaction! I formed golf ball sized dough balls and baked up these generous sized chewy gooey chocolate cookies. The gang loved them!

You could certainly adjust the size and baking time if you’d prefer a more petite snack. My crew would just eat 3 or 4 instead of one! With Dutch processed cocoa and one pound of semisweet chocolate in the batter plus 3/4 pound of chocolate chips mixed in, these triple chocolate cookies live up to their name.

A bit of instant coffee or espresso only highlights the chocolate intensity. The hubby doesn’t like to taste the coffee, so I use just enough to help magnify the flavor without compromising these chocolate lover’s cookies.

Triple Chocolate Cookies on a cooling rack with a red and white striped oven mitt

Remake from 2010

If you see the date on this post, it originally went live only a few months after I started writing this blog. Great recipe. Lousy photos. I used a point and shoot camera. Most likely the flash was on. Actually these photos weren’t the worst of the worst. Still pretty bad. A good reason to remake these triple chocolate gems.

I can see adding red and green M & M’s for the holidays or white chocolate chips, or chunks. If you’re a chocoholic, I’d suggest following the recipe to a T the first time, then go ahead and add toffee, nuts or whatever. I think you’ll be pleased with the outcome. The hubby was over the moon when I told him half the batch was for him!

Triple Chocolate Cookies in and around a white bowl with a glass of milk

A Few Baking Tips

  • Use a cookie scooper to get even sized dough balls. I found rolling the dough between my palms after scooping resulted in better looking cookies.
  • Reserve some of the chocolate chips to press into each dough ball before baking. I like to see that there are chocolate chips in the cookie, but this is totally optional.
  • Do not over-mix once the flour is added. A wooden spoon is the perfect tool. Mixing too much will result in activating the gluten and therefore, the cookies won’t be as tender as they could be.
  • This base is a fabulous cookie dough. Feel free to add a mixture of chocolate chips, nuts or candies to shake things up a bit.
Triple Chocolate Cookies

Triple Chocolate Cookies

Rich chocolate cookie adapted from Cook's Illustrated

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Yield 3 1/2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 16 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1-2 teaspoons instant coffee or espresso powder
  • 10 tablespoons butter, softened but still firm
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Whisk together flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt in medium bowl; set aside. Melt chocolate in a bowl in the microwave using 30 second increments, stirring once or twice, until smooth. Set bowl aside.
  2. Beat eggs and vanilla lightly with fork, sprinkle coffee powder over to dissolve, and set aside. I do this in a one cup Pyrex measuring cup. In bowl of standing mixer fitted with paddle attachment, beat butter just until smooth and creamy. Beat in sugars until combined. Reduce speed to low and gradually beat in egg mixture until incorporated. Add chocolate and beat until just combined. Scrape bottom and sides of bowl with spatula. With mixer at low speed, add flour mixture and mix until combined. Do not over beat. Mix in chocolate chips.
  3. If your dough is not fudge-like and scoopable, cover with plastic and let rest for about 30 minutes. I did not need to do this step.
  4. Preheat oven to 350º. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Leaving about 1 1/2-inches between each ball, scoop dough using a medium cookie disher to form heaping tablespoon balls of dough. Roll between your hands to make round balls. Press in a few extra chocolate chips to garnish, if desired.
  5. Bake cookies until edges have just begun to set but centers are still very soft, about 10 minutes. Cool cookies on sheets about 10 minutes, slide parchment with cookies onto wire rack and cool to room temperature.



Photo circa 2012

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