Back in my younger, “huskier” days, I could kill a box of Archway’s Dutch Cocoa Cookies in less than 30 minutes. A glass of milk, an episode of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and a dozen or so of these tasty little bastards was my pre-pubescent definition of heaven. So, when I decided to try and replicate them the other week, I was expecting to be disappointed with the results. Fortunately, and I say this without hyperbole, this is the best cookie I have ever made. Or, as a buddy of mine told me after trying them, “Holy f*cking sh*t! Those cookies are amazing!” They’re incredibly easy to make too.
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 3/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup butter (at room temperature)
- 2+1/2 cups sugar
- 2 eggs (at room temperature)
- 2 tsp vanilla
* Tip: Don’t go broke buying artisanal cocoa powder or organic flour or small batch vanilla or whatever. These are cookies. Save your money for stuff that matters.
- Whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt in a bowl of some sort (ideally one large enough to hold them). Set aside.
- Using a mixer (preferably of the stand variety—they’re fun to use) cream the butter and 2 cups of sugar.
- Throw in the vanilla and one of the eggs until they’re nicely mixed. Throw in the second egg and mix until combined.
- Add in the flour mixture, a little at a time, until it’s completely incorporated (you may need to scrape the sides of the bowl).
- Chill the dough for 1 or 2 hours, until completely firm. You’ll want to wrap it in plastic, or, if you’re lazy like me, just cover the mixing bowl with a plate.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Roll the dough into balls (about 1.5 inches in diameter) and then roll ’em around in the remaining 1/2 cup of sugar, completely coating them.
- Bake for 12 – 15 minutes on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet—they’re done with nice cracks have formed. Do not overcook, these should be chewy. Remove from oven and cool for a minute or two before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling.
- Bring ’em to the office and bask in the love your co-workers now have for you.