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Chocolate Dreams

Author: MaryJane Robbins

Love deep, dark chocolate cookies? Daydream about crisp, melt-in-your-mouth goodness?

KAF friend and fellow baker Paul Basten, warmly known as "Paul in Ohio" by many, was kind enough to share his chocolate version of our mega-popular Vanilla Dreams. A few test kitchen tweaks, and a chocolate star is born. Thanks for sharing, Paul!

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4 dozen 2" cookies
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Ingredients

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Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 300°F. Lightly grease (or line with parchment) two baking sheets.
  2. In a large mixer bowl, cream the butter and sugar for 1 minute, just to bring them together.
  3. Combine the vanilla, baker's ammonia, and salt in a very small bowl. Stir to dissolve the ammonia; the salt won't fully dissolve. Combine the vanilla mixture with the butter and sugar, and beat until smooth.
  4. Sift together the flour and cocoa. Add to the butter mixture and mix on low speed. The mixture will seem dry at first, but continue to mix for 3 to 5 minutes, until the dough comes together.
  5. Break off pieces of dough about the size of a large gumball; a teaspoon cookie scoop works well here. Roll the pieces into balls. Space them on the prepared baking sheets, leaving 1 1/2" between them.
  6. Use the bottom of a glass, dipped in sugar if necessary to prevent sticking, to flatten the balls to about 3/8" thick. Try using other kitchen items, such as a slotted spoon or a potato masher, to give different imprints.
  7. Bake the cookies for 18 to 20 minutes, until the fragrance of chocolate begins to fill the kitchen. Transfer the cookies to a rack to cool. They will continue to crisp up as they cool. Store completely cooled cookies airtight for up to 5 days.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 17g
  • Servings Per Batch 48
Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories 80
  • Calories from Fat 35
  • Total Fat 4g
  • Saturated Fat 2.5g
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 10mg
  • Sodium 50g
  • Total Carbohydrate 10g
  • Dietary Fiber 0g
  • Sugars 6g
  • Protein 1g

* The nutrition information provided for this recipe is determined by the ESHA Genesis R&D software program. Substituting any ingredients may change the posted nutrition information.