soft + chewy chocolate cookies

by amy on 31 August 2012

i think i was born in the wrong era – i would’ve thrived in a time that relied on bartering, rather than cash, to get what you need. for example, yesterday, i made slow-cooker pulled pork for dinner. i tweeted about it, + one of my friends offered his homemade bbq sauce to go along with it. and this guy? used to own a barbecue restaurant. so of course, i took him up on his offer + proposed giving him homemade cookies in exchange. these cookies, to be precise.

so, how did they turn out? absolutely delicious! they are rich, super chocolatey, soft (which i always love in cookies) + scrumptious. the sugar-coated exterior has a wonderful texture that balances perfectly with the soft, fudgy interior of the cookie. i *may* have sampled one (or four) before giving the rest away in exchange for bbq sauce, + i’m so glad i did. they’re seriously addictive! so, if you’re looking for a new cookie recipe, give this one a try – they’re amazing!

soft + chewy chocolate cookies

makes about 2 dozen cookies, adapted from cook’s illustrated, as seen on stylish cuisine

ingredients

1/3 cup granulated sugar plus 1/2 cup for coating
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 plus 1/8 teaspoon table salt
1/2 cup dark corn syrup
1 large egg white
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1/3 cup dark brown sugar, packed
4 ounces good quality bittersweet chocolate, chopped into 1/2 inch pieces

directions

preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. line two large baking sheets with parchment or silpat. put 1/2 cup granulated sugar onto a plate + set aside.

whisk flour, cocoa powder, salt + baking soda together in a small bowl + set aside.

in another small bowl whisk together the corn syrup, egg white + vanilla; set aside.

beat the butter, brown sugar + remaining 1/3 cup of white sugar together until light and fluffy (about 2 minutes). add the corn syrup mixture + beat until combined (about 20 seconds). add the flour mixture + chopped chocolate + mix until just combined (about 30 seconds), making sure there aren’t any unmixed flour pockets.

chill dough for 30 minutes (but no longer than 30 minutes, according to the recipe). divide the dough into 24 equal portions (or use a 1.5″ ice cream scoop to create the cookies), roll between your hands into a ball + then roll the balls in the sugar to coat. Put on baking sheets, 2 inches apart + bake 10-11 minutes.

cookies are done when they have cracked + still look wet between the cracks. it’s important to not over bake the cookies. allow the cookies to cool 5 minutes on the cookie sheets + then cool fully on a wire rack.

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{ 45 comments… read them below or add one }

1 danielle August 31, 2012 at 9:03 am

These look great ! I do the same thing – the kid who mows my lawn really likes my french bread.

2 amy August 31, 2012 at 9:12 am

ha, that’s awesome!

3 Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray August 31, 2012 at 9:27 am

The best kinds of cookies are soft and chewy! I love how pretty these look all covered in sugar. :)

4 Asmita August 31, 2012 at 10:22 am

These cookies look wonderful!

5 alexandra @ sweet betweens [blog] August 31, 2012 at 10:43 am

your cookies? Seriously. they always look so perfectly round. I’m a bit jealous. =)

I’m more of a crispy-outside, chewy-inside kind of cookie lover. but honestly, I don’t discriminate. these look fab!

6 Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel August 31, 2012 at 10:45 am

All cookies should be forcibly rolled in sugar–it makes them SO much better. Love these cookies!!

7 Lesley August 31, 2012 at 11:05 am

I’m so glad there’s another person out there who likes pizza crust thin and crispy but cookies soft and chewy!

8 amy August 31, 2012 at 11:06 am

we are kindred food spirits. =)

9 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious August 31, 2012 at 11:08 am

These cookies are awesome, and they look so dang perfect! I’d be more than happy to trade you something for these cookies – you just name it!

10 jocelyn @BruCrew Life August 31, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Soft, chewy, chocolatey cookies…yup, that about sums up how I like my cookies too!!! And the sugar coated texture…amazing!

11 Nicole @ The Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie August 31, 2012 at 12:19 pm

I still try to use the bartering system whenever I can ;) I swear it’s better than money – especially if there are handmade goods involved! I love chewy cookies, they are the only way to go!

12 amy August 31, 2012 at 12:30 pm

i definitely think it’s better than money!

13 Kathryn August 31, 2012 at 12:53 pm

they do look super chocolatey and super awesome!

14 Jessica@AKitchenAddiction August 31, 2012 at 1:41 pm

These are the best kind of cookies!

15 angela@spinachtiger August 31, 2012 at 2:49 pm

I agree. Trading is a wonderful idea and I agree also. I like SOFT cookies. Yum.

16 Angela @ AnotherBitePlease August 31, 2012 at 4:30 pm

oooo…what a fun trade. I haven’t seen Chocolate cookie recipe in a while so this is a must make – sound soooooo good.

17 Jed Gray (sportsglutton) August 31, 2012 at 5:34 pm

Awesome cookies Amy. Could you send me some to enjoy while watching the games this weekend. ;-) Cheers!!

18 amy August 31, 2012 at 5:46 pm

send me your address + we’ll make it happen! i’ve mailed many a cookie to friends. =)

19 Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet August 31, 2012 at 6:08 pm

I love gifting my sweets! These cookies look perfect, Amy! Your description on the texture got my sold right away. PS: I hope we get to hear more about the bbq sauce :)

20 amy August 31, 2012 at 7:02 pm

the bbq sauce was awesome! i’m hoping he might be willing to share the recipe. =) the pulled pork will be on the blog, too!

21 Julie @ Table for Two August 31, 2012 at 7:42 pm

the chewy and soft cookies are definitely the best kind of cookies and i love bartering with people haha it’s always a win-win :)

22 Kristen @ notsodomesticated August 31, 2012 at 7:57 pm

Love this kind of cookie! It reminds me of my childhood. :)

23 Jen @ Savory Simple August 31, 2012 at 8:29 pm

These look scrumptious!

24 Yudith @ Blissfully Delicious September 1, 2012 at 8:38 am

I’m definitely a soft and chewy kind of cookie girl as well :) I also find myself swapping my cookies/cakes with other stuff, including baby-sitting service!

25 Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef September 1, 2012 at 2:14 pm

what beautiful cookies! i’m not sure if i could trade bbq sauce for these… it would definitely be a toss up!

26 Beth September 2, 2012 at 7:01 am

Your cookies look wonderful. I’d love to try them out!

27 Rachel @ Baked by Rachel September 2, 2012 at 8:13 am

These remind me of the Dutch chocolate cookies you can buy at the store. I forget the brand but they’re so good. I bet these are just as amazing.

28 Karen (Back Road Journal) September 2, 2012 at 8:32 am

A soft fudge center and a sugared outside sounds terrific.

29 Elizabeth @ The Waspy Redhead September 2, 2012 at 9:13 pm

Those look delicious! I’m watching what I eat, and it’s really cut into my baking. So glad I can bake vicariously through you!

30 amy September 3, 2012 at 8:17 am

bahaha, glad i can be of help. =)

31 baker street September 3, 2012 at 10:01 am

soft and chewy is just how I like my cookies! these look amazing, amy!

32 claire @ the realistic nutritionist September 3, 2012 at 10:05 am

Is there any better kind of cookie? Love this, Amy!

33 Jackie @ Domestic Fits September 3, 2012 at 12:08 pm

I grew up on a farm and there is still a lot of bartering going on in Cowboy land! I love it, such an honest exchange of goods and services, we should do that more often.
AND I’m pretty sure these cookies could double as currency in most cultures.

34 amy September 3, 2012 at 12:10 pm

aww, you are too sweet! glad to hear that bartering is still alive + well in other parts of the country, too!

35 Erin @ Texanerin Baking September 3, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Baking for people is so much more fun than giving them money. I kind of feel dirty somehow when I give someone money to a friend for someone. But if I make them cookies or a cake or something, it’s like, “HAHA! I have cookies for you! Weeeee.”

Yeah, so I like your style. The cookies look fantastic and I love the sugar coating!

36 Katie September 4, 2012 at 9:10 am

I love chocolate cookies!!! and to add chewy in the title and I’m sold!

37 Linda September 4, 2012 at 9:47 am

Chocolate cookies….chewy or crispy, I’m in! I so agree too, bartering would so be wonderful for me. Especially trading baking and cooking for handyman services!!

38 Laurie {Simply Scratch} September 4, 2012 at 9:52 am

Simple and perfect! For reals, these look awesome!

39 Megan @ girl by the lake September 4, 2012 at 12:38 pm

I’ve been wanting to make cookies for a solid week now, but I’ve been out of commission! Aka, my mixer is still in a box somewhere, so I’ll be traveling to Eric’s childhood home today to find it.

These cookies look amazing! I’ve added them to my must bake list!

40 Amy's Hungry Husband September 4, 2012 at 1:43 pm

over the weekend i devoured the rest of these delicious cookies — but there was one thing that made them even more over-the-top. we stopped at the Sweet 16th bakery (around the corner from our house) to get a treat after the food truck awards; my confection was piled too high with buttercream frosting so i scraped most of it off and used it to ice the top of a couple of the cookies, then placed them back in their container for later. when i ate them they had become even softer and the buttercream was a perfect compliment. it was like a flattened cupcake….yum. so husband’s tip — these will make kick-ass cookie sandwiches.

41 amy September 4, 2012 at 2:12 pm

thank you Helpful Hungry Husband for sharing your mouth-watering + brilliant tip. =)

42 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts September 4, 2012 at 9:39 pm

Soft and chewy are two things I need in cookies. These look perfect!

43 Renee September 5, 2012 at 2:17 pm

I’m adding this to my christmas cookie baking list. yum!

44 JulieD September 6, 2012 at 12:43 pm

And that is why I can’t wait for the cookie swap!! :)

These cookies look fantastic!!

45 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com September 6, 2012 at 10:37 pm

Chocolate goodness at its best!!!

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