Sunday, January 29, 2012

Chocolate Jumbles

Chocolate.
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If you don't like it, you are a big weirdo. I love chocolate. All forms. My daughter also loves chocolate, in fact she picked out this delicious chocolate cookie recipe. She was going through one of my cookbooks, came up to me and said "Mommy, I definitely want to make this cookie." So it was settled. The recipe is very simple and great for little ones to help make! Drizzling the melted chocolate is especially fun for a young child.

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Ingredients:

1 1/2 c unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 c unsweetened natural cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 c (1 stick butter), softened
3/4 c sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 oz bittersweet/semisweet chocolate, melted

Preheat the oven to 375 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or crisco. Combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl.

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Cream the butter and sugar together in your super best friend the Kitchen Aid mixer, or in a large mixing bowl with a wooden spoon until smooth. Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat until smooth.

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Stir in half the flour mixture until just incorporated, then stir in the buttermilk. Stir in the remaining flour mixture and beat until smooth. You will then having amazing chocolate cookie dough.

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Place the bowl of cookie dough into the refrigerator for 15 minutes or longer to let the dough firm up. The recipe calls for making ring shaped cookies, but we had no patience for that process today. Once the dough firmed up we spooned drops onto a baking sheet about two inches apart. Bake them for about 10-12 minutes and put them onto a wire rack for cooling. Our oven runs a bit hot, so 10 minutes was plenty.

Next you will melt the chocolate, we prefer the water bath technique. You will heat a pan of water to a simmer. Place your chocolate into a metal or other heat proof bowl on top of the water and stir the chocolate until melted into the desired consistency.

Drizzle on top of the cookies and let sit for about 15 minutes so the chocolate can harden. If you have a 3 year old, she may want to put sprinkles on the chocolate while you are waiting for it to cool. :)

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