Saturday, December 31, 2011

To sweet endings & new beginnings

Happy New Year's Eve everyone! On the West Coast here folks are just winding down their days and getting ready to gear up for the evenings festivities - though I imagine many of you in other areas are well in the swing of things already! Whatever your plans - be safe & enjoy!

Here at Casa de ValleyWriter, we're planning a pretty low-key evening in - a little wine, some good food & good conversation - everybody safe & sound. And because it's no celebration without something sweet (at least in our house!), I did whip up a little something to bid adieu to 2011 and welcome the new year:

Triple Chocolate Cookies
(Makes 1 dozen large, bakery-size cookies)

1/4 cup salted butter, softened
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. white sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 c. flour
2 Tbsp. cocoa powder
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup white chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350° F.
Cream butter and sugars togethers until light and fluffy. Mix in egg and vanilla.
In a separate bowl, mix flour, cocoa powder and baking powder.
Place chocolate chips in a yet another separate dish - this one should be microwave-safe. Heat chocolate on high for 30 seconds. Stir and continue microwaving in 10 second increments for up to 1 minute until chocolate is fully melted. (Don't over do it or the chocolate will seize up - trust me on this one!!)
Add melted chocolate to butter and sugar mixture. Beat until smooth. Then beat in flour mixture just until combined. Stir in white chocolate chips.
Place heaping balls of dough (about 2" wide) onto baking pan, spaced 2-3 inches apart. Bake at 350°F for 15-16 minutes until crinkly on top with white chocolate lightly browned.

Happy New Year!

Linking this up to Sweets for a Saturday!


"Prof. Kitty" said...

Triple!! Looks fantastic. A happy prosperous bright new year to you and yours!

Rita said...

What a great treat to end as well as start a new year.
Wishing you all the best for 2012,

David L Macaulay said...

does look raather good this - happy new year.

Betsy said...

oh yum! :)

Anonymous said...

I am pretty sure the only thing better than double chocolate is TRIPLE chocolate. ;-)

Gotta try these cookies!

Sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more said...

there is nothing better than chocolate, unless it is more chocolate. they look great.