Prep 10 mins
Cook 7 mins
When you bite into these rich, chocolate cookies, you'll think it is a brownie!
- 2⁄3 cup shortening (Crisco is good)
- 1 1⁄2 cups packed brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla or 1 teaspoon maple extract
- 2 eggs
- 1 1⁄2 cups flour
- 1⁄3 cup sifted cocoa powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1⁄2 cup chopped walnuts or 1⁄2 cup pecans
- Set oven to 375 degrees.
- In a large mixing bowl, cream shortening, sugar, water and vanilla.
- Beat in the eggs.
- Combine flour, cocoa, salt and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture; beat just until blended.
- Stir in chocolate chips and nuts.
- Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls, 2-inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheet.
- Bake for 7-9 minutes (don't overbake).
- Cool 2 minutes; remove to wire racks.
What sets this recipe apart from the many good recipes that go by this description is its use of staple ingredients. I was at a vacation home, not my well-stocked kitchen, when called upon to bake a gift ASAP. No time for grocery shopping. I had only 2 eggs: bingo, a partial bag of c. chips, and only a dab of butter. Wait, there's a can of lard in the cupoard! That took care of the critical items; the rest I had. They turned out delicious and I was proud to give them...that is, those that escaped my weimaraner who had surreptitiously counter-surfed them! Thanks for posting.
Heavenly.....another great recipe from Kittencal!! Glad they're going out the door and not staying in my kitchen....if they make it to this evening. :) I made according to the recipe except for making half the chips white peppermint, adding a 1/2 tsp of coffee powder, and omitting the nuts since they were for a kid's party. I baked them on parchment paper, took them out of oven as soon as the tops looked "dry" (about 6-7 minutes). then cooled until cookies flattened/set before removing from pan. For servings, I doubled the recipe and used a small (tablespoon of batter) cookie scoop; it made 8.5 dozen, 2.5 inch round cookies.
This is excellent for the "hamburger cupcakes". Before making these I had to make a sheet of brownies and use a cookie cutter to make the "meat" part of the cupcake and it looks more like a hamburger patty. Everyone of the people who ate them wanted the recipe for the brownie cookies.