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easy chocolate treats for your valentine sweets

by Yee-Fan Sun |
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double chocolate chip cookies
The irresistible combination of chocolate chips studding a deep dark chocolate cookie spells double the goodness for serious chocoholics. As with most cookies, the key is to avoid overbaking; pull these babies out of the oven when the outside is just set, and the inside is still soft and gooey.

1 cup salted butter, softened
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 ½ cups semisweet chocolate chips, or a mix of semisweet and white chocolate chips

yields about 30 cookies

1 Preheat the oven to 375F.

2 In a big bowl, mix the softened butter, white sugar and brown sugar until well combined and fluffy. Stir in the vanilla extract and eggs.

3 In a separate bowl, combine the cocoa, flour and baking soda and stir well. Gradually add this dry mixture to the wet mixture from step 2, beating well until you have a nice, uniform dough. Stir in the chocolate chips.

4 Use a big spoon (tablespoon) to form rough balls (about an inch and a half or so in diameter). Place these balls on a cookie dough sheet; you can pack them in tight at this point. Once you’ve formed all the dough into balls, slide the cookie sheet into your freezer. Leave them in for at least a few hours; once they’re frozen solid, you can either proceed directly to the baking or transfer to a plastic container or baggie, and freeze for later use.

5 Arrange the frozen dough balls on another cookie sheet, leaving a couple of inches or so in between each one. Bake for about 9 minutes, until the outside of the cookie looks just set. Do not overbake – the cookies should be quite soft still if you touch them in the center. Let the cookies cool on the sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack (if you find the cookies still seem too squishy to move, let them cool on the baking sheet a little longer). Cool completely, then pile 'em up on a plate and enjoy!


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