I'm a generous baker. I try to give away what I make whenever possible because a) I don't need to eat a pan of brownies on my own and b) I really don't bake for myself, I bake for other people. Everyone loves good food. However, I've hit a bit of a roadblock as I'm now in a city and have no idea how to share anymore.

First of all, riding the metro with a tupperware full of sweets to the office is not remotely enjoyable. I'm not above it, but walking a mile to the metro and then hopping on with a giant container while simultaneously trying to snag a seat and read the paper is awkward. My solution to this was just to throw everything in a ziploc and stuff it in my purse to bring to the office, but as you can imagine this really doesn't work. Talk about smashed cookies...

Second, in college friends come over all the time. Friends take the food. The food is enjoyed. Problem solved. Friends come over on the weekends now, but I'm not usually baking on a Friday night so everyone can have fresh cookies with their wine (though wouldn't that be nice?).  I don't have a car and apparently people don't think I'm serious when I say, "Drive over here, I need you to come take these cookies/brownies/cake pops/etc." 

Then there is my last issue with sharing: neighbors. I don't know any of my neighbors and I doubt this is the type of place where a welcome to the neighborhood casserole is normal. My only contact with neighbors is from the people who live above me and their three children under the age of five. Their pastimes include dropping heavy objects on the floor, screaming and running, pushing furniture around and playing indoor basketball at 6am every morning. Yesterday when they saw me taking pictures outside they just stood there staring at me yelling, "COOKIES COOKIES CHOCOLATE"....they're gems. Feeding those children more sugar is the last thing you'll find me doing.

None of this really relates to these amazing cookies except for the fact that this recipe made a ton of them. They beg to be shared. If you've ever debated between a chocolate cookie and a chocolate chip cookie this is the answer to all of your problems (cookie problems, at least). It's the best of both worlds--the compromise cookie. I love them. So, as much as I wish I could give you the rest of these that are sitting in my kitchen, I will instead pass along the delicious recipe. How's that for sharing? Enjoy!


Double Fudge and Chocolate Chip Smashed Cookies
Recipe from Butter Baking

For the double fudge chocolate cookie dough
165g unsalted butter, melted and cooled until warm (1 1/2 sticks)
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups plain flour
1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup chocolate chips

For the chocolate chip cookie dough
Adapted from Baking Illustrated.
165g unsalted butter, melted and cooled until warm (1 1/2 sticks)
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups + 2 tbsp plain flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1  cup chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350 F (180 C) and line a few trays with baking paper.

To make the double fudge cookie dough, using a wooden spoon, mix the melted butter and both sugars together in a large bowl.

Add the egg and the egg yolk, mixing well between each addition. Stir in the vanilla.

Mix in the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt until just incorporated. Finally, stir through the chocolate chips. Set aside while you make the other dough.

To make the chocolate chip cookie dough, using a wooden spoon, mix the melted butter and both sugars together in a large bowl.

Add the egg and the egg yolk, mixing well between each addition. Stir in the vanilla.

Mix in the flour, baking soda and salt until just incorporated. Finally, stir through the chocolate chips.

Form each dough into 24 balls, using a large tablespoon of dough per ball, so you have a total of 48 balls of cookie dough.

Break each ball of dough in half and press together one half of chocolate chip cookie dough and one half of double fudge cookie dough, with the broken side facing up.

Arrange the cookies on the prepared baking trays and bake for 10 minutes. Makes 48 smashed cookies.



6 comments

niveousmoon said... @ October 22, 2012 at 9:26 PM

I have the same problem. I don't see my friends regularly so my only consumers are my husband and I. I catch the train to work too so I make things that are small and transportable - those which can be housed in little containers, such as cookies, slices, brownies, bars and truffles. Unfortunately this is restricting, so often when baking other sweets I will halve the recipe whenever possible.

Rachel said... @ October 22, 2012 at 10:22 PM

I have the same problem. I end up giving a lot of them to the homeless that are always hanging out a few blocks away.

Rachel
How Bout Some Cake

Sarah said... @ October 23, 2012 at 11:30 AM

I think my problem is I always lose the little containers. I truly have no idea where they go. Maybe I'll try your method and start halving recipes--saves money and wasted food!

Sarah said... @ October 23, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Funny you should say that because I always used to give away baked good to homeless people (my friends thought it was extremely odd). I figured I couldn't spare much money, but who didn't love fresh baked cookies? Love your blog, btw!

Entertaining Creativity said... @ October 23, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Yum! I just found your blog and I think I might make these tonight! http://entertainingcreativity.blogspot.com/

Lose Your Belly.com said... @ October 24, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Great looking cookies, nice idea. Kids are going to be some surprised to come home to fresh cookies.

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