Growing up I spent most of my time outside. When I was inside, I made things with crayons, paints, clay, cardboard and glue, what would later be the usual development of an artist. My absolute fondest childhood memories are of visiting the library starting when I was a baby, with my mom and older sister. We all eat books with a very big spoon. The second fondest memory I have is baking and cooking with my mom. She is a masterful baker, and nothing could have been more fun to a little kid than helping out, getting to make my own little pie or cookies, etc. I have built on her expertise myself, because I am the househusband here with 99 percent of the cooking and baking responsibilities, and we do NOT buy prepared food...or eat out much. I bake all the bread and everything else, and have either converted most recipes to vegan or developed my own.
I have at least 2 triple chocolate cookie recipes. One is entirely vegan, the other recipe, more rich and devilish which is the one that Mrs. G. had, was originally with eggs and butter, but I can also make it vegan (no eggs or dairy, I use soy substitutes). My wife would KILL to have these...and the problem, for her, is I get bored so easily, I am always making a rotation of OTHER cookies for her, like oatmeal or peanut butter or chocolate chip cookies. Anyway, here is the recipe for regular (non-vegan) triple-chocolate cookies. It is MY recipe, so it is named for me!
Gary Rith's triple chocolate cookies, version 2.0 with all the fat and cholesterol (below is the second version, I usually bake version 3.0 which WILL REMAIN A SECRET)
Follow these steps exactly! It is a lot easier to make these than you might think when you see all of my instructions and notes below....
-preheat oven to 325
-melt 2/3 cup of chocolate chips in a large mixing bowl in the microwave for 44 seconds...then use a wooden spoon, stir them, then give them another 33-44 seconds..they are probably nearly melted now when you stir them, nuke them a few more seconds until they are melted if you need to
-add 8 ozs. butter and stir until it is all melted too--because the chocolate is hot, it melts easily
-add an egg and teaspoon of vanilla and stir until well mixed
-add 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup white sugar and stir dammit!
-add 1/4 cup cocoa powder and stir in
-add one teaspoon baking soda and one cup flour....but that is NEVER enough flour...keep stirring in enough flour until the mix is not sticky, which is at least an extra quarter cup
-add one more cup of chocolate chips and at least 1/2 cup of nuts, I think I used peanuts for Mrs G and stir to combine
-I use 2 ancient and grubby and black cookie sheets, ungreased, and spoon out the dough into tidy little balls, makes 20-24 cookies, i often make them very big and only have 16
-bake at 325 for 11-13 minutes.....check after ten minutes! I think my oven is hot. I make big cookies and 11 minutes is usually just right. Usually I bake the 2 cookie sheets at once, pulling each out after 6 minutes, reversing them, and switching top sheet to bottom, bottom to top, then 5 minutes more
-pull out of oven after 11 minutes total, let cool 2 minutes, then use your spatula to place them on a cooling rack, letting them cool 30 minutes more or less
(the triple is because of the melted chocolate, the cocoa powder and then the chocolate chips, get it?)