Cookies were the first thing I ever baked as a kid and they still are one of my favorite things to make. I really haven’t met a cookie I didn’t liked, or should I say, I homemade cookie I didn’t like. Cookies are a one-bowl wonder that turn simple ingredients into fabulousness, and these dark chocolate babies with pieces of honey nougat from a Toblerone bar make them that much more delightful. Chewy chocolaty cookies hot out of the oven are a magnificent treat and pure joy with a cold glass of milk.
Baking cookies starts with good butter. I use salted butter because I like the salty-sweet combination in baked goods. The second ingredient that really matters when you bake dark chocolate cookies is the cocoa powder. Either Valrhona or Hershey’s Dark are what I recommend because they give this recipe an intensity that’s required when you want a dark chocolate experience. The chewiness comes from the honey nougat Toblerone, a Swiss chocolate bar that’s been around for ages. The cone or pyramid-shaped sections chop up beautifully and mix into the dough like magic. After baking….well what can I say – don’t forget the milk.
1 cup salted butter, room temperature
1 cup scant light brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup good cocoa powder, see above
1 teaspoon salt
1 bar or 12.6 ounces Toblerone chocolate – roughly chopped
(Makes 18 Cookies)
- In a stand mixer or large bowl, cream butter for 1 minute, then add sugars. Continue mixing for 2 minutes. Scrape down sides of bowl. Add vanilla and mix for 30 seconds, add eggs. Mix on high for 2 minutes.
- Add flour, cocoa powder and salt. Mix on low – just until dough begins to come together. Remove bowl from stand.
- Add Toblerone and stir by hand. Scoop 2-inch size balls of dough onto parchment lined cookie sheet.
- Bake for 11 minutes, just until set. Remove from oven and tap pan on stove top to deflate slightly. Let cool on pan for 8 minutes before removing.
- Store in a cookie jar, or Enjoy immediately.