Saturday evening was reserved for Wine Club and Cabernet Sauvignon was the theme. If you are not familiar with Cabernets they are a full bodied wine with naturally high tannins, which allow this variety to spend time in oak barrels, aging beautifully. This is a wine that goes better with food, it can be overwhelming on its own.
I have sung the praises for wine and chocolate-it can be easily said a tall glass of cold milk or a couple of cookies neatly packed in a lunch box is also reason for swooning.
These are the ultimate chocolate cookies.
Ultimate Double Chocolate Cookies
Makes 36 cookies
Recipe from Allrecipes
1/2 pound semisweet chocolate, chopped
1 cup flour
1/4 cup Dutch process cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon instant-coffee granules
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Melt chocolate in a double boiler or in the microwave, stirring occasionally until smooth. Sift together flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.
2. Beat butter with brown sugar and white sugar in a bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs 1 at a time, then stir in coffee granules and vanilla until well blended. Stir in melted chocolate. Add flour mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until just combined. Cover, and let stand 35 minutes so chocolate can set up.
3. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Drop rounded tablespoons of dough onto prepared sheets, spacing 2-inches apart.
4. Bake until cookie edges are set but centers are stil very soft. 10-12 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.