Halloween’s all about the kids, right? Sure, until they’re tucked into bed and a few choice handfuls of candy will go unnoticed in those bulging bag of treats. Not only do parents need Halloween sustenance, the little fun size bars and packages are a perfect addition in chocolate cookies, monster chocolate cookies, that is.
Soft butter trick: Soft butter is a must when baking or it won’t mix with the other ingredients. A trick to get butter soft when it’s cold out of the fridge is to grate the heck out of it on the large holes of a box grater.
About Dutch process cocoa: There’s neutral cocoa powder and Dutch process and the difference between them is how they’re made which results in how they taste when baked with other ingredients. Neutral cocoa powder has a more acidic flavor and lighter color while Dutch process is more neutral in flavor with a deep rich brown hue. It’s a science thing, but Dutch process needs baking powder to balance the acid. Why use it for these cookies? The deep, dark color is gorgeous and the neutral chocolate flavor strikes the right balance.
Fun size is fun: The secret to these cookies lies in the chopped up Halloween candy. Working with a 2-cup maximum, you can use any combo you like. The fun size packets work perfectly.
Monster Chocolate Cookies
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Makes: 24 cookies
2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
½ cup dark brown sugar
1 large egg
1 ½ cup flour
1 cup Dutch process cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
2 cups chopped chocolate candy (any variety or combo)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat butter and both sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla until combined. Whisk together flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt and add to the dough until just combined. Gently fold chocolate candy into the cookie dough.
Using a small ice cream scoop (or a tablespoon) evenly place cookie dough onto parchment-lined baking sheets. Flatten slightly so they bake evenly. Bake 10-12 minutes until puffed and slightly cracked.
Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
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