Archway Dutch Cocoa Cookies and an Apology!

I may or may not have eaten 5 of these thus far today..

First off, I must apologize. Things have been extremely hectic lately! Between going home for Thanksgiving break and coming back to school with a boatload of work to complete, I have had virtually no time for this blog! With a week left until Christmas break, I still have five exams and a quiz to complete. Unfortunately I am not sure when my next post will come, but I promise it will be worth the wait just like this gem of a recipe ;)!

When I was home from break, my family and I went to an Italian deli/ grocery store when I spotted something that I had not seen in years. As my friends know, I am a HUMONGOUS fan of cookies and I always have been. When I was a child I remember eating Archway dutch cocoa cookies while watching cartoons in the kitchen. When I saw these cookies in the store I had to buy them (for old time’s sake of course!).

Needless to say I finished the entire box in about three days. When I went back to school, I checked out the downtown grocery store for the Archway cookies, but they didn’t have them. With my lack of free time I haven’t had a chance to go to Walmart, so I got a brilliant idea: why not make them myself???! I stumbled upon the recipe with a simple google search and let me tell you:  it is seriously THE BEST COOKIES I HAVE EVER MADE.

I have devoured around 7 in the past 24 hours and I have no regrets (until I go on the scale). Even Nicholas, who assisted in the baking, says that they are absolutely delicious (and he usually doesn’t say much of anything!). They have a perfectly crispy outside with a chewy center…what more can you ask for in a cookie??! Nicholas says that they taste like brownies which is understandable since most brownie recipes contain cocoa. These are the perfect Christmas cookies for friends, family, and maybe even Santa!

This is not my original recipe! All of the credit goes to this blog!

Ingredients:

2 cups of all purpose flour
¾ cup Dutch-process cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt

2 ½ sticks of butter, unsalted and at room temperature (you can get away with salted butter here)
2 cups of sugar, plus a little for “dusting”
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla

  1. Sift/mix together the first four ingredients together, then set aside.
  2. In second bowl, combine the butter and sugar until well mixed
  3. Add the vanilla to the butter and sugar, and then the eggs, one at a time.
  4. Add flour mixture a little at a time until completely incorporated.
  5. Wrap the dough in plastic and chill until firm, usually about one hour.
  6. Roll the dough into 1 inch balls and roll in sugar to completely coat (DO NOT FLATTEN THE TOPS! It will be tempting, but it will get rid of the chewy factor and make it a more crispy cookie).
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes until set in the middle.
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