Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

For those of you counting, Teddy is now 15 days old. And by days, I'm referring to days and nights, since, as I've quickly learned, a newborn wants what he wants no matter whether there is an AM or a PM after the numbers 1 through 12. There have been so many highs and of course, a few lows, but overall, Matt and I can both say that having Teddy has definitely been the greatest decision/act/event of our lives.

One of the best moments so far probably occurred when he was just a week old. We had an appointment with his pediatrician in the late afternoon. But at around 1pm, I got an email from my editor wanting to share the artist's rough draft of my book cover. We'd talked a bit about design and I had sent links to book covers that I liked, but this was the first time I would be able to see the shape it was taking. I was simultaneously so excited and so nervous to see it that my first response was to close the lid of my laptop; I guess I couldn't handle looking at what would be the pictorial representation of this thing I've been working on for the past year. Naturally, I called Matt and Teddy over for support; we opened the document together, and Matt and I had the exact same reaction: we loved it. (And I can't wait to show you guys and promise to do so as soon as I get the green light!)

But before we could revel in too much celebrating, we had to get cleaned up, get Teddy in the carseat, pack a diaper bag, and head to the doctor's where they would weigh him and we would find out if all this breastfeeding I've been doing has been working / he's been gaining weight, which from what I've gathered, seems to be the main goal with newborns. And so, in the doctor's room when we found out that he was 4 ounces more than his birthweight (which is very good for a week-old baby), I almost burst into tears. It was easily one of the best days of my life. I can't really explain it except to say that my desire for this baby to thrive and be cared for is incredibly, weirdly strong, and to know that we are doing it, that he's growing and healthy is simply an amazing feeling.
Oh, but maybe you came here hoping to hear about cookies? OK, yes, we made cookies! 
Have you guys had a chance to look at The Mast Brothers' cookbook? If so, you know that it's a gorgeous publication. The photographs are dark, moody, and extremely tempting. I think, however, and perhaps in an effort to fit the tone of the sparse photos, the directions to some of the recipes are a bit too minimalistic.

To get these cookies to bake properly took some trial and error. For one, I recommend baking them on parchment paper as the first batch stuck to the pan. And two, to be on the safe side, I recommend baking only 4 to 5 per baking sheet. As you'll see, the batter is kind of the consistency of thick hot fudge. At first, I actually thought it needed more flour since the recipe only calls for 1/2 cup, but I kept the faith and it doesn't. They're seemingly just a different kind of cookie: thin and semi-crispy. When you bake them, the dough spreads out like crazy. Of course, I didn't know this on my first batch when I tried to make 8 or 9 cookies per sheet and wound up with one giant, rectangular-shaped cookie. (Not cool.)
That said, these cookies are delicious. They basically taste like slightly crispy brownies. Matt's a huge fan. Worried that I was giving away too many to friends who stopped by to meet Teddy, he wrapped up and hid a stack of them somewhere in the house. (I'm not kidding! There's a secret stash in the house... somewhere.) They're also kind of the perfect shape and texture to make ice-cream sandwiches with, something Matt has also done two times that I'm aware of.

For those of you familiar with the book, what do you think of their recipe for chocolate bread? I really want to make it, but Matt and my mom, who is here from Pittsburgh this week helping us out with Teddy (thanks, Mom!), aren't showing much interest.

OK, back to parenting! xox
Double Chocolate Chip Cookies slightly adapted from Mast Brothers Chocolate: A Family Cookbook
makes 24 cookies

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, room temperature
1 2/3 cup sugar
4 1/2 teaspoons maple syrup
4 eggs
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon sea salt
8 ounces dark chocolate chips
8 ounces melted dark chocolate

Preheat oven to 350F.

Using an electric mixer, combine butter with sugar and maple syrup. Add eggs one at a time, making sure they are fully incorporated each time. Add flour, baking powder, salt, chocolate chips, and melted chocolate and mix to form dough.

Spoon the cookie dough on a parchment-lined baking sheet using heaping tablespoons and leaving plenty of space between each one. (As I mention above, I would only bake 4 to 5 per baking sheet.)

Bake for 13-15 minutes. 


Matthew said...

Fun Fact: Teddy and I have to move the stash of cookies twice a day to stay a step ahead of the law. XOXO

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Judi said...

How did you get that cookie to stay up? REVEAL YOUR SECRETS.

Wendy said...

Oh heck yeah. My babies are now 15 and 12, but I still remember how powerful I felt when they, too, had exceeded their birth weight at the 1-week check-up. That "Look what I did, with my (when not pregnant or lactating) A-cups!" feeling. He's a lovely baby. It makes me wistful.

Ileana said...

I haven't seen the book but yes! to chocolate bread and to pictures of adorable Teddy.

Amelia Morris said...

You'll never believe this but there is a ramekin behind the cookie!


Karen @ Branching Fig said...

GENIUS! Beautiful photos and congrats!!

Jessica Smith said...

I am so impressed that you baked cookies with a new baby. They look delicious. So does Teddy!

Kara said...

"my desire for this baby to thrive and be cared for is incredibly, weirdly strong, and to know that we are doing it, that he's growing and healthy is simply an amazing feeling" ... so sweet!!! I love hearing this. Congratulations on ALL of it!! xoxo

Kara said...

P.S. I am dying to see the cover. Hooray you guys love it!

Mark and Marsha said...

Knowing Matt and how delicious those cookies are, I don't think the stash will last too long. We LOVE Teddy!

Abbe@This is How I Cook said...

I had twins. Needless to say you could never sleep when they were sleeping because one of them was always awake. In any case, that is a real gorgeous son you have there! And some great cookies. I've been cooking from that book a lot and totally agree with you on the directions. Simple, but not necessarily for beginners. But when the recipes turn out-pure heaven!

sarah said...

teddy looks so much like matt! congratulations! what a darling baby. those cookies look amazing too and i would have hid them from visitors too. hope you are sleeping as i type this!

Anonymous said...

Best post in the blog so far. Babies and cho chip cookies. Bliss! Glad you are enjoying the moment.

Sara @ Cake Over Steak said...

Found your blog through Paper/Plates today ... love it! I got this cookbook for Christmas and it has been staring at me from the table. I'm dying to read through it and make EVERYTHING in it, but wedding planning and life have taken over recently. And now everyone seems to be posting recipes from it (which all look delicious of course) as if they are conspiring with my copy on my table. Maybe this weekend I will finally get around to it ... Anyway, love the blog, and congrats on the little one!