Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Cookie of the Month: Chocolate Monster Cookies
How cute are these Chocolate Monster Cookies? It's cookie of the month time again and I just couldn't resist making these when I found them on Pinterest!
I started with the concept from these halloween double chocolate monster cookies that I found on Pinterest. I wasn't wild about the recipe - I really wanted something closer to my tried and true Chocolate Chip recipe, but I didn't have time for experimentation, so I searched recipes for something I felt confident would work, so I used this Chocolate Chocolate Chip recipe I found on All Recipes and tweaked it to match the image.
As per my usual m.o., I switched up the order and method used too. Melting the butter (as is almost always my custom these days), stirring in the cocoa powder after incorporating the sugar and adding the baking soda, salt and vanilla before adding the flower. I used dark chocolate cocoa powder and skipped the chocolate chips altogether, using just Reese's Pieces and candy eyes instead.
The end result was a lovely, dark chocolate cookie with the chocolate chip cookie texture I love. Chewey on the inside, slightly crisp on the outside. My husband and I really wished I had included nuts too, but I wanted to be sure to make cookies that would appeal to a wide range of tastes - but nuts would add a nice crunch, balance the sweetness and, I'm sure, do nothing but add to the monster appearance of the finished product. Why not whip up a batch with your little monsters this Halloween season?
Chocolate Monster Cookies
1 cup butter, melted
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2/3 cup dark chocolate cocoa powder (I used Hershey's Special Dark)
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
2 cups Reese's Pieces
1 pkg candy eyes
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
Stir sugar into melted butter and mix until completely emulsified. Add cocoa powder, stirring in to mix well. Allow mixture to cool. Add eggs and mix well. Stir in baking soda, salt and vanilla. Add powder to mixture and top with Reese's Pieces, stir in until just incorporated. Chill dough for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. While oven is preheating, scoop cookies onto silicone or parchment lined baking sheets (or sheets sprayed with non-stick coating). Add 2 candy eyes to each ball of dough, pressing down lightly.
Bake 8-10 minutes, or until set. Allow to cool on cookie sheets for 2 minutes, remove to wire rack to finish cooling. Makes 3 dozen plus.