fresh from the oven

fresh from the oven

This cookie is one of my very favorites. It is a Barefoot Contessa recipe (again, a favorite), and makes a ton, and is always a crowd pleaser. One of my favorite things to do is bake, and then send the baked goods off with my husband to work, so I won’t eat everything. I get to bake, and his office gets to nosh on homemade goodies. Everyone wins!

1/2 pound unsalted butter at room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 extra-large eggs at room temperature
2/3 cup good unsweetened cocoa
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/2 pounds good white chocolate, coarsely chopped

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.Cream the butter and both sugars until light and fluffy in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add the vanilla, then the eggs, 1 at a time, and mix well.

pre-cocoa

pre-cocoa

Add the cocoa and mix again. Sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt and add to the chocolate with the mixer on low speed until just combined.

chopped white chocolate

chopped white chocolate

Fold in the chopped white chocolate.

Drop the dough on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, using a 1 3/4-inch ice cream scoop or a rounded tablespoon. Dampen your hands and flatten the dough slightly. Bake for exactly 15 minutes (the cookies will seem underdone). Remove from the oven and let cool slightly on the pan, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

cookies!

cookies!

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