Totally Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

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If you are looking for THE best ever cookie recipe, look no further. Be prepared to swoon once you try these.

Any recipe which calls for a heart-stopping amount of chocolate (like 500 g) is certain to provide relief from whatever it is that is causing you to seek solace in something sweet. This particular recipe comes from Nigella Lawson’s Nigella Express, which comes via Elinor Klivans.

Having travelled a fair bit to the US in the past few years, I can never resist coming back with a few kilos of chocolate chips each time, especially flavours not easily found outside of the US, such as peppermint, caramel, butterscotch and – my favourite – Reese’s peanut butter chips. Actually, up until only very recently, chocolate chips didn’t even exist in Switzerland! Despite being the land of chocolate, the world-reknowned chocolate factories here do not produce chocolate chips for baking, a rather curious fact which I have brought up on several occasions when chatting to my Swiss neighbour. By some foodie miracle, I found myself living in the same building as someone who has the enviable job of working on the production floor at Lindt, and whose warm and generous spirit keeps me in a constant supply of “dodgy” chocolates and excess truffles. To say that I am lucky to be his neighbour is a great understatement. Anyway, I digress …

The Swiss baking repertoire does not traditionally include muffins and chocolate-filled biscuits and, hence, there is no local need for chocolate chips except to produce those baked goods which the expats are so fond of. But recently, some supermarkets started to stock a limited range of chocolate chips (made in Germany) and Schokoladewürfeli – a distinctively Swiss name for little cubes of chocolate.

After cleaning out the kitchen recently, I was rather alarmed at my stash of chocolate in the pantry. I had been accumulating bags of chocolate chips like some people would (more sensibly) stock up on tinned tomatoes in the event of a war. In fact, my neighbour would have been insulted by my vast collection of American chocolate. And with the expiry date approaching on many of the bags, I recently had the arduous task of incorporating chocolate chips into my baking wherever I could.

Usually, I make these cookies with Nestlé semi-sweet chocolate chips in the “normal size”. This time, I only had the “mini” version in the same flavour, but they still worked wonderfully in this recipe.

If you stick to good-quality cocoa and 70% chocolate (or semi-sweet chocolate), you should find that these cookies ooze deep, dark chocolatiness as opposed to being sickly sweet. To that end, I think this recipe works best with dark chocolate. In fact, I have used this recipe so often and fiddled with the chocolate content so much that I can confirm that milk chocolate would not give the same results; they will still be good, but then you do really need a glass of milk alongside to wash down the sweetness.

Nigella recommends making a full batch and forming all of the cookies, but then only baking half of the batch and freezing the rest to bake at a later time. This is a brilliant idea, although if you bake the full batch, they keep rather well in an airtight tin and you will have no trouble finishing them anyway.

I baked a full batch and gave some to my neighbour who had no trouble identifying the foreign chocolate 😉

TOTALLY CHOCOLATE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
 
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Recipe adapted from Nigella Express by Nigella Lawson
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17 Comments

  1. Liz Headon 29 September 2011

    I wouldn’t refuse *any* chocolate chip cookie, but these dark beauties look particularly worth my attention. I must find an excuse to make them soon…

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  2. Caroline 29 September 2011

    These really are the ultimate chocolate cookies ! And they are MAMMOTH sized too haha! Beautiful pictures ..its a given with you! How lucky to be living with someone who has an endless supply of chocolate for you! But then again its only fair as he has you for his neighbour too!

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    • eat little bird 29 September 2011

      Maybe they look big in the photo but I think these cookies are normal-sized? I use a smaller ice-cream scoop than Nigella so I get 18 cookies out of the recipe whereas she makes 12. We’re good friends with our neighbours here so hopefully he’ll forgive me for being a fan of American chocolate 😉

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  3. Anita Menon 29 September 2011

    Gorgeous cookies. Nigella’s recipe is always so good.

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    • eat little bird 29 September 2011

      Thanks Anita! Have you tried this recipe also? I know you’re also a fan of Nigella 🙂

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  4. Jo 29 September 2011

    What a brilliant post Creme! And lucky you to have a direct conduit to free Lindt choccie, misfit or not! These are the deepest darkest of choc chic muffins with an oozy belly that can certainly cure any ills of the human condition as Nigella herself claims ;). I do find it unbelievable that you live in the land of chocolate yet the ranges are so limited, such a shame x

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    • eat little bird 29 September 2011

      It is rather odd that the range here is limited compared to what is available in other countries, but the tastes here are also different which I completely understand. That’s what makes Switzerland such an interesting country to live in 🙂

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  5. Claudine 29 September 2011

    Wow – what a stunning photo Thanh and I agree, I think these are without doubt the best chocolate cookies around! I use (ssshhh – don’t tell your neighbour) Belgian chocolate chips and they are so good!

    I made these for my oldest son’s male teacher at the end of the last school year and he has not stopped singing their praises!

    Claudine xx

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    • eat little bird 29 September 2011

      Thanks Claudine!! Ooh what brand are these Belgian chocolate chips?? As you might have noticed, I love ALL chocolate! 🙂 I think these cookies would also be perfect as gifts – you could certainly use them to your advantage if need be 😉

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      • Claudine 30 September 2011

        Sorry Thanh – I’ve only just seen your question!! They are by Bouchard and I get them in whopping 750 tubs from Costco… Seriously good they are too! 😉

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  6. At Anna's Kitchen Table 29 September 2011

    Such a beautiful photo! I love this recipe.
    And lucky you having a ‘chocolate’ neighbour!!!! 😀

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    • eat little bird 29 September 2011

      Hi Anna! Indeed, very lucky 😀 I didn’t mention this above but, for our wedding, he gave us a HUGE box of Lindt chocolates with a bar of chocolate in the centre which was customised with our names on it!!! Seeing our names on a Lindt chocolate bar was truly something!

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  7. Julia Levy 29 September 2011

    Wonderful post Thanh, gorgeous photos, stunningly rich and dark. I feel myself reaching for an ice cold glass of milk and that’s just looking at your cookies!!

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  8. nicola 2 October 2011

    These really are the ultimate cookie recipe! Your pictures certainly show them in all their beauty. I want to go into the kitchen and make them right now!

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  9. El 4 October 2011

    I had to laugh when you mentioned stocking up on chocolate. I’m sitting here looking at 50 lbs of the stuff. Needless to say I can put it to good use by trying out this recipe. It looks great.

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    • eat little bird 4 October 2011

      Phew! It’s not just me 😉 I hope you will get a chance to try these cookies – they are addictive!

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