Friday, September 6, 2019

"Ugly But Tasty" Cookies


Earlier this week, the robotics team hosted an informational night for new students and new parents. 


The kids organized it, set up, ran it all by themselves, and cleaned up afterwards, though my two asked if I could make cookies for the evening. Sure!

D and I thought the yellow and green candy-coated chocolates would be cute and school spirit-appropriate. But the color faded and melted slightly and looked like a bird pooped on them, said R. So I shoved unbaked ones in the top. Still ugly. 

I said I was going to make a sign that read Brutti Ma Buoni (ugly but good), but the boys said no one would know what that meant. Then R suggested that I make a sign that read: "The ugliest cookies you'll ever love to eat."

We skipped the signs altogether. But the cookies must have tasted good, because there was not a crumb left on my cookie platter at the end of the evening.


Ingredients makes approximately 30 cookies.
  • 1/2 C butter
  • 1 C semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 C organic granulated sugar
  • 1/3 C unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 C flour
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1 t pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 C candy-covered chocolate candies* + more for garnish
*I'm giving you the recipe as we made them. However, in future batches, I would use 2 C more chocolate chips here and skip the candy-covered ones altogether.


Procedure
Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

Place 1 C chocolate chips and butter into a small saucepan. Heat over low heat until everything is melted and smooth.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the sugar, cocoa powder, flour, salt, and baking powder. Add the egg and fold it in with a spatula. Pour in the melted chocolate-butter mixture and the vanilla extract. Mix until everything is moistened.


Stir in the chocolate chips or candy-covered chocolate . Drop the cookies by the tablespoon scoop onto the parchment or silicone-lined baking sheet. D added a few more chocolates pressed into the top.


Bake the cookies for 12 to 14 minutes. They will look dull. Remove them from the oven, and cool right on the sheets.


Remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

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