Holiday Recipes

 

Chunky chocolate nemesis cookies

There are cookies. And there are cookies. These are jaw-droppingly good ones. For serious chocolate lovers only.

3-1/2 cups (875 mL) semisweet chocolate chips, divided
1/2 cup (125 mL) butter
1 cup (250 mL) brown sugar
1/2 cup (125 mL) granulated sugar
4 eggs
1 tsp. (5 mL) vanilla extract
2-1/4 cups (550 mL) all purpose flour
1 tsp. (5 mL) baking powder
1 tsp. (5 mL) baking soda
1 tbsp. (15 mL) black coffee (leftover is fine)
1 cup (250 mL) coarsely chopped walnuts
1 cup (250 mL) dried cranberries

  1. In a large, microwave-safe bowl, combine 1-1/2 cups (375 mL) of the chocolate chips and the butter. Microwave on high power for 1 to 1-1/2 minutes, stirring once, or until chocolate chips are completely melted and mixture is smooth.
  2. Add the brown sugar and the granulated sugar to the chocolate mixture and beat, with an electric mixer, just until combined. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each one. Mix in the coffee and the vanilla.
  3. In another bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder and baking soda. Add the flour mixture to the chocolate mixture in two or three additions, beating just until everything is smoothly incorporated. Stir in the remaining 2 cups (500 mL) of the chocolate chips, the chopped walnuts and the cranberries, stirring just until mixed. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill for at least 1 hour or until firm enough to handle.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350° F (180° C). Line one or two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  5. By hand, roll the dough into balls the size of golf balls. Place on the prepared cookie sheets, about 2 inches (5 cm) apart (they will spread). Bake for 13 to 15 minutes, or just until set. It's better to underbake these slightly - they will firm up as they cool. Remove from cookie sheet and let cool on a rack. If you can wait that long.
Makes about 3-1/2 dozen cookies.

How kids can help:

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Melt the chocolate chips and butter in the microwave and stir until smooth.

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Add dry ingredients, nuts, chips and cranberries.

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Form dough into balls and arrange on baking sheets.
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