Ghirardelli’s Ultimate Double Chocolate Cookies

Ghirardelli's Ultimate Double Chocolate Cookies

The other day, I was having a hard time finding a recipe I wanted to make. I had looked through countless cookbooks, magazines, internet sites, etc. In a bit of desperation, I handed Quinn one of those holiday baking magazines I always say I’m not going to buy and told him to pick out something. A few minutes later, he handed it back to me and pointed at the recipe for these cookies.

It’s hard to argue with chocolate, much less double chocolate, so I dove in and made them. I amended the recipe a bit, choosing not to attempt rolling the very sticky dough into logs before refrigerating. I decided that I would try dropping them instead. For those of you who don’t need a perfect-looking cookie, that method worked just fine.

Ghirardelli's Ultimate Double Chocolate Cookies

As you would expect, these cookies are quite rich and decadent. You certainly won’t be able to overindulge. One of these babies goes a long way. But, of course, that makes them perfect for sharing – a big plus for the holidays!

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  1. Anna November 24, 2008 Reply

    Now you’re talking my language! Uh, wait. You always do. Those look good.

  2. Abby November 24, 2008 Reply

    Incredible. I despise rolling cookie dough, refrigerating it, slicing it, yada yada yada. It’s nice to see that sometimes you can break the rules and drop the dough! I’ve never considered that…

  3. Cristine November 25, 2008 Reply

    YUM! That second picture has my mouth watering!

  4. Amy November 25, 2008 Reply

    Mmmmmm! These look sort of like a brownie-cookie. Your pictures (as always) are amazing! I love that one with the chocolate oozing out, with the chocolate just tantalizingly hanging there and not reaching the plate yet. Awesome.

  5. Rachel November 25, 2008 Reply

    Oh wow–I saw a demonstration of these at The Bon Appetite Supper Club in NYC a few weeks ago and they looked amazing, but I had totally forgotten about them until now–thanks for the reminder! Your look beautiful!

  6. Culinarywannabe November 25, 2008 Reply

    I think perfect cookies are a bit overrated – they look more like the store bought kind than homemade. These look totally decadent and the perfect answer to my always nagging chocolate cravings!

  7. Ayankeeinasouthernkitchen November 25, 2008 Reply

    I like that you dropped these rather than rolled them. Decadent, rich, crunchy edges- my kind of cookie.

  8. JEP November 25, 2008 Reply

    The second photo almost jumps in my mouth…delicious!

  9. Monica H November 25, 2008 Reply

    Oh, I wanna lick that melted chocolate chip in the last pic.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  10. Carree November 25, 2008 Reply

    I agree the second picture looks so amazing! You should check out http://www.arizonavanilla.com they have such good vanilla beans, extracts, pastes and ground vanilla. Have a Happy Thanksgiving

  11. megan November 25, 2008 Reply

    good grief do these babies look good! you say it’d be impossible to overindulge, but i’m sure i could manage to do just that :)

  12. Indigo November 26, 2008 Reply

    Oh my sweet heaven. How do you keep doing this? I think I want to live under your kitchen table.

  13. susan November 26, 2008 Reply

    Those look so yummy!
    I could go for a CC cookie right now!

  14. maris November 26, 2008 Reply

    These look absolutely decadent! I made flourless chocolate cake with Ghirardelli yesterday and it was amazing.

  15. janelle November 26, 2008 Reply

    Well… it IS that time of year. One can not have TOO many sweets:).

  16. Silvia November 27, 2008 Reply

    super! rally good job
    Silvia

  17. dawn November 27, 2008 Reply

    these remind me of a flourless chocolate cake in a mini form
    as always, stellar photos

  18. Dani November 28, 2008 Reply

    OMG!!! we must be soul mates bc that cookie is all my dreams in cookie form LOL

  19. icelandicchef November 28, 2008 Reply

    Wow….those look pretty powerful, i´ll try the recipe over the weekend.

    Gudmundur Palmason
    http://www.icelandicchef.blogspot.com

  20. Maricriss December 1, 2008 Reply

    I made these cookies last year. They were great my family loved them. Only thing is that my rolled logs were not that great so after I cut and baked everyone was referring to them as turd cookies, but they still ate them…lol

  21. The Duo Dishes December 1, 2008 Reply

    No one needs perfect looking cookies! If they’re made of chocolate, they have to be good.

  22. Hallie December 11, 2008 Reply

    Yum, I think I’m going to try and make these later today, they look really good!

  23. Lauretta December 11, 2008 Reply

    My sister and I made these on separate occasions and both thought something was missing from the recipe? The cookies were bland, regardless of the amount of chocolate in them. We won’t make them again, unless I can find out what was missing?? Anyone else actually make them??

  24. Jeff December 19, 2008 Reply

    These look great! FYI — the latest issue of Cook’s Illustrated has a chewy (double) chocolate cookie recipe that is unbelievable. Really easy and among the best cookies I’ve ever had.

  25. Laurel January 14, 2009 Reply

    I know this is a late comment, but…

    The cookies look wonderful, probably better than if they HAD been rolled. I thought I’d share a trick with you when gloppy dough calls for rolling. I take some WAX paper, a long piece, spoon the dough all along it and then twist the ends. That pretty much does it, you can refrigerate or freeze and you haven’t done any more hard work than scooping them out individually.

    Great web page, I’ll have to visit more often.

  26. Rico January 19, 2009 Reply

    I notice here a definite love for chocolate, one of my wife’s favourite things …I think I’ll revisit often and maybe make some of these recipes to surprise her. thx for sharing …saw you on blogged

  27. giolicious March 10, 2009 Reply

    This is a luscious dessert recipe that is a combination

  28. T. Cook November 2, 2009 Reply

    These are the Ghirardellie Ultimate Double Chocolate Cookies and I have made these many times. (The recipe is in the Gharardelli Chocolate Cookbook page 32. I have been told by many that they are the best chocolate chip cookie they have EVER had! I’ve also been told they should be a “controlled substance” because they are so good! I am not exagerating when I tell you this!

    I first got the recipe from an advertisement page in one of my cooking magazines and I tried the recipe. The batter is almost like a brownie batter and the cookie almost has the texture of a brownie. Please don’t be afraid to form the dough into a log. This is really easy and it’s key to the perfect cookie. Just take two pieces of wax paper (for 2 logs). Pour 1/2 of the batter width wise onto the paper. Wrap the back side of the paper over the batter and start rolling inside the wax paper. It will be shaped like a rolling pin. Move your hands up and down the wax paper as you roll to form the log and twist the ends. Repeat for second log. Place them in a 13 X 9 dish and put in the refrigerator.

    In about 30 minutes place the logs on the counter and roll them so they will be circular. Forget about them until you get ready to cook them. Cut them into 1 1/2 inch slices and bake. Here’s the second hint, I cook them at exaclty 13 minutes (just until they are done, and the center is set) There will be a little shine on the outside of the cookie. These are perfect.

    One mistake to avoid: Believe it or not, these will not taste the same if you don’t use the Ghirardellie 60% Cacao bittersweet chocolate chips and the Ghirardellie semi-sweet chocolate chips. I made the mistake once of substiting Hershey’s semi-sweek chocoate chips for the Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate chips and you can really notice a difference. They are not as good. Many of my friends noticed too.

    As far as I’m concerned, these are the very best chocolate chip cookie!

  29. T. Cook November 2, 2009 Reply

    One amendment. When I mentioned that after 30 minutes you should place the logs onto the counter and roll them so they will be circular. I should have added that you need to place them back into the refrigerator until you are ready to cook them. The dough may be refrigerated for a few days before cooking. This makes them very handy for the holiday’s.

  30. Leah February 27, 2011 Reply

    Can I make these into bars???

  31. Chandriga November 15, 2011 Reply

    Beautiful photography.

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