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Chocolate Fudge Cookies

Homemade soft top recipe for Chocolate Fudge Cookies


Sunday- delicious and comforting Chinese food that I made for lunch already filled their stomachs and everybody was craving something sweet. I love simple, easy and relaxing Sundays- we sit at the table, talk, laugh, munch, fight who is going to get the last bite and all the usual stuff that family can do around the dinning room table. 

My family is on the sweet tooth side, so we always have something to satisfy those cravings, even if it's bread with honey we are still happy. What my kiddos didn't know, that I made the night before soft dough for these yummy, chewy, thick fudge cookies. Most of the time while they are sleeping, I finish up my nightly routine and head over to the kitchen to cook, or to prep food for the next day. That is the only time when I can focus, relax and at the same time develop the recipe or in this matter make a tweak or two on the original one. You all know that I am not a baker, like a sweet kind of baker. However, I can make decent cookies or a simple dessert in 10 minutes-and no, taking a spoonful of nutella is not a dessert, although I found it very satisfying many, many times in the wee hours. 

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Like I said I made just a few tweaks on the original recipe from Joy of baking. I adore Stephanie's side and videos. She inspires me at least to try to make some baked goodies, and what I love the most is the explanation that she give in her videos. I will leave the link on the bottom so you guys can check it out. 
Anyhow... My friends, these were a HIT! 3 out of 4 kids loved the cookies. My oldest son (aka party pooper) loves thin, crunchy cookies- I mean I don't blame him because I assume that many love that crunch in the cookies but sometimes I do love the soft texture and little bigger bite. He tried these, but wasn't into them.
I made two batches and in the first one I didn't add instant coffee, but I loved the idea, hey coffee lover over here- so the second one was with just a little aroma of coffee, which was fantastic with a cup of homemade latte that I had yesterday afternoon.
Also, it took a little practice to make them perfect, but to be frank with you I loved the homemade look, with all the cracks on top of, the cookies, and they were so glossy and just perfect if you love thick, full of chocolate cookies, although I would say that you could make them a bit thinner, maybe I went overboard with the thickness. 
These are a cross between cookies and cake, so they should be just a little thicker in general. 
Homemade recipe for delicious Chocolate Fudge Cookies

Chocolate Fudge Cookies 
recipe for fudge cookies

Slightly adapted from Joy of baking
Ingredients:
  • 1 cup chopped chocolate (whatever you have or like)
  • 4 tablespoons butter, room temp.
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tbsp. Dutch Cocoa powder 
  • 1 cup all purpose flour, more if needed
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup Chocolate Chips 
Directions:
  1. Melt the chocolate and butter in a heat proof bowl placed over a saucepan of simmering water. Stir to combine and until smooth in texture. Remove from heat and set aside to cool to room temperature.
  2. In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), beat the sugar and eggs until pale yellow and thick, about 5 minutes. 
  3. In a medium bowl, mix the cocoa powder, flour, baking powder and salt -sifting would be great to get rid of unwanted lumps  Slowly add the dry ingredients and continue mixing until incorporated.
  4. Add in the eggs and sugar, pure vanilla extract and mix to incorporate, then add melted chocolate, mix until it is smooth in texture.
  5. Fold in the dry ingredients  by adding wet mixture to flour mixture, and gently fold until all incorporated. 
  6. Stir in Chocolate Chips and if you like, you may add some nuts if you desire. 
  7. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate the batter just until firm, about 45-60 minutes, but it could be in the fridge even overnight. 
  8. When you take it out of the fridge, it will be firm and you can take your ice-cream scoop or a round tablespoon and just adds the amount of cookies that you would like to bake. My baking pan is the standard rectangular pan so I just added 9 cookies per pan, lined with parchment paper before baking. 
  9. Preheat the oven on 350-375F, depending on your oven. 
  10. Once on the baking sheet, form the cookies. You may add less or more to be thicker like mine. 
  11. Bake between 10-14 minutes, depending again on your oven and the thickness of your cookies. DO NOT over bake them. When the cracks start to show, it is done, so check after 10 minutes and see if they need a bit more time. Pull them out and let them cool down on the baking sheet for 10 minutes, OR until they are set and ready for you to move them on a cookie rack to cool completely. 

Enjoy!

Note*
  • Nuts- you can add them if you would like, and any nuts that you desire. I didn't have any at that time, so I left them out completely. I can imagine that they would make a wonderful addition and a little crunch. 
  • I am not an expert, but as I learned these are little different than your average cookie, thicker, more chewy but soft like cake.
  • If you would like to see a video how to make them click on the link above in the ingredients section. 
  • Another FANTASTIC RECIPE FOR FUDGE COOKIES --- HERE--
What could go wrong if the cracks do not show at all. 
  • The oven isn't hot enough. (it needs to set the top before the middle's fully risen)
  • Not enough leavening (it needs to be strong enough to crack the top once it's set)
  • Using a single-acting baking powder (double acting gives extra rise when it gets heated)
  • Not creaming the fat long enough (creaming cuts little air pockets into the fat, which means the leavening has to do less work)
  • Making too thin of cookies (you need enough mass in the middle so it finishes cooking after the top's set).
  • Mixing the dough too much (you don't want to develop gluten; it needs to be tender enough to crack easily)
SOURCE: baking 

Thank you all for stopping by! I wish you a wonderful beginning of the week! 
Your friend,

Sandra 

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54 comments:

  1. Those cookies look SO big and chewy and chocolatey and perrrrfect!

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    1. Oh yes they are and taste like a fudge a bit :) thanks Laura!

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  3. These are LOVELY. Pinned for future reference!

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    1. Thank you for pinning, I appreciate it!

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  4. These look divine - fudgy and chocolate just go together!

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    1. I totally agree with you, Monica! thank you!

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  5. Thanks for sharing these delicious chocolaty cookies :)

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    1. Thank you for stopping by! i am glad you like them!:)

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  6. I'm loving these delicious chocolate cookies, my kind of dessert :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  7. Fudge-y, melt-y perfection! Nice close-up photography as well :)

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  8. Sandra, these look amazing! I'd love to reach through the screen and grab one :)

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  9. I'm a chocoholic and these cookies look like choco heaven to me:)
    Could I have a bite?

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    1. Haha..yes dear, yes you can!:) Thank you!!!!

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  10. Love the chocolate cookies, and fudgy one is even better! By the way, are those bracelets that your daughter is wearing popular for young girls? I recently learned about it (sorry forgot the name!) from a mommy friend. I heard it's crazy popular that some stores don't even carry. I really need something sweet to get me going till the end of week... :D

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    1. Thank you, Nami! Yes, they are popular but these my husband is making but different styles. These particular ones are from Rubber bands, but he is doing better ones with awesome colorful designs and with thin strings.

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  11. Why are these not in my belly right now!! WOW!

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  12. I love the super moist look of those cookies and the gorgeous close up shots are a real teaser, Sandra. I don't care, I would eat the stack of four right there and worry about washing it down later. :) I hope you are having a fun week! :)

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    1. Thanks Ray! It was busy but great week! Thank you for stopping by and have a great weekend!

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  13. Divine! These cookies look so fudgy and moist!

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    1. Thank you Kiran so much, I am glad you like them! :D

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  14. Those are whopping amounts of chocolate - how perfect. Now to make them gluten-free.

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    1. Oh I know, but that is what makes it so rich and delicious! :D Thank you Suzanne!

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  15. Sandra these looks so rich, decadent and moist! YUM! Pinned!

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    1. Thank you guys, I am glad you like it!

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  16. I would def add nuts to mine. I love the nuttiness with chocolate flavor. Like your party pooper son, I love thin crispy cookies too. But I'd eat these ones too. You are a cool mom. When I was growing up, my mom wouldn't really let us have sweets much. So I always got thrilled when going over to a friends or cousins and got to eat sweets there.

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    1. I didn't have any at the moment so I didn't add them in the batter but I know it would be so much better with the nuts. I love thin cookies too but biting into these was sooo good!:) Thank you Kim for stopping by!

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  17. I can't get over these cookies -- they look out of this world! I'm definitely a thick-and-chewy cookie fan. I wanted to let you know that I featured these cookies on my blog's Weekend Wrap-Up, where I share with my readers some of my favorite blog posts and pins from the past week. Thank you so much for your wonderful post, and I hope you're having a nice weekend!

    Here's the link to the wrap-up, in case you're interested (feel free to stop by and grab a badge for your post, if you like):
    http://www.floptimism.com/2013/10/weekend-wrap-up-outward-love.html

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    1. Thank you for featuring my cookies in your post! I appreciate it! Have a lovely holiday season Jessica!

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  18. I don't know if I missed it in the recipe but it never mentioned when to add the melted chocolate. I had to find out by clicking on the video to see when she added it to the egg and sugar mixture. Just a heads up for those new bakers who follow recipes to the T. Hopefully they turn out yummy!!

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    1. I am so sorry...I just noticed it. I read it like 30 times before I posted and never caught my eye. Anyhow, i am glad you clicked on the link to save your cookies. Joy is a great baker and even though I tweak her recipe here and there, I learn so much from her videos. I add what I have, but she sure is a great teacher. Thank you! I am keeping finger crossed for your cookies!!!

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  19. Hi Sandra,

    Just wanted to let you know that I made these cookies the other day. They were good, but I used only 1 tablespoonful of dutch cocoa, and I did made them thinner because my husband prefer it that way. I enjoyed your blog ever since I found it last year on the Pinterest. Thank you for the recipe. Merry Christmas!

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    1. Thanks Lisa, I am glad that you liked it!
      Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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  20. After reading comments and watching a video I had to make them and see how they will taste. I love these, Mrs. Sandra! They are so perfect and just the way I like cookies. Thanks for the recipe and Happy New Year to you and your family!

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    1. Mark, thanks for your comment and for making these cookies! I am really glad you liked them. Have a happy New Year! Thanks again!

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  21. I baked these cookies for my office anniversary party and they were a big hit! I am drooling again over your pictures ^^ Thank you!!!

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    1. I am glad that recipe was success for you! Thank you so much for trying it, Eun-young! Have a lovely day!

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  22. I didn't like it, but my kids were adding these cookies on their ice-cream so they weren't wasted!

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    1. I am happy that they were not wasted! Thank you for trying!:)

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  23. Just made them, they were amazing! xoxo

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    1. Awesome! Thank you so much for trying the recipe, glad you like them!!! :) xo

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  24. Just came to tell you they were delicious!

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    1. Thank you so much DJ for trying! I appreciate you coming back and letting me know!!!

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  25. I love them!!! Thanks for the recipe, Sandra

    Kate

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  26. emmmmmmm yammy i love it can you send juste a litlle bite :)

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  27. Hi Sandra! I just tried baking these cookies and while they smell delicious, I could not get that cracked-top effect, even after about 22 minutes in the oven at 375 degrees. Any thoughts? I followed the recipe to a T, except for adding more nuts in lieu of a full cup of chocolate chips...the only thing I can think of is that by stirring the chilled cookie dough before scooping it onto the cookie sheet with my ice cream scooper (which you do not say to do) could have somehow messed with the consistency of the dough and nixed out any shot at a cracked-top effect...sigh. Anyway - would appreciate your thoughts but regardless, thank you for the recipe share!

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    1. Hi Amy,

      First let me tell you "THANK YOU SO MUCH" for trying this recipes. It is one those recipes that some love it and succeed and for some come out like nothing. I am sorry to hear about the cracks. I searched on the web and found some info. I hope that helps in anyway. Thank you again!!!

      What could go wrong if the cracks do not show at all.
      The oven isn't hot enough. (it needs to set the top before the middle's fully risen)
      Not enough leavening (it needs to be strong enough to crack the top once it's set)
      Using a single-acting baking powder (double acting gives extra rise when it gets heated)
      Not creaming the fat long enough (creaming cuts little air pockets into the fat, which means the leavening has to do less work)
      Making too thin of cookies (you need enough mass in the middle so it finishes cooking after the top's set).
      Mixing the dough too much (you don't want to develop gluten; it needs to be tender enough to crack easily)

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  28. Look amazing… which chocolate do you melt, the milk or semisweet? I’m wondering how many cookies this recipe will make…. I may need to double it.

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  29. I made a brownie version, instead of making little balls I just poured the mixture into a tray. It's so delicious! Everyone loves it! Thank you

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