Full Moon Recipe for February: Chocolate Brownie Cookies

It’s time for another recipe! First, the recipe. Then, me blathering onward about my occasionally questionable culinary capabilities and the memories this particular treat holds for me.

  • The Ingredients
    • 1/2 cup melted butter
    • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 2 tablespoons instant espresso powder
    • 1 cup white sugar
    • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil or 2 tablespoons applesauce and 1 tablespoon honey
    • 1 egg
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract or 1 teaspoon dark rum and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
    • 1/3 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
    • 1/4 cup finely chopped pecans
  • The Way of Preparing
    1. Preheat oven to 350°F, 175-180°C, gas mark 4.
    2. Use two baking trays linked with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
    3. In a medium bowl, cream together the unsweetened cocoa powder, melted butter, espresso powder, white sugar, butter, and oil (applesauce).
    4. Beat in the egg, vanilla, and rum until fully incorporated.
    5. Stir together the flour, salt, and baking powder before adding it to the wet ingredients until just combined.
    6. Fold in the chocolate chips, and chopped pecans if using.
    7. Scoop out dough with a large cookie scoop and place on the prepared baking sheets.
    8. Press the cookies down with the bottom of glass as thin as you want the finished cookie to be, as they will not spread when baking.
    9. Bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes until the cookies are still soft but set up. Don’t overbake or they will dry out.
  • Notes
    • My tweaks to this recipe are multiple: the addition of espresso powder to kick up the chocolate taste, applesauce over oil to trim fat, a squeeze of honey for its hydroscopic nature, the addition of chopped pecans, and the use of dark rum as well as vanilla extract.
    • Store any remaining, once cool, in an airtight container. If there are any left. Heh.

The source of this recipe is a site called CafeDelites.com

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