This chocolate lover's cookie is perfect for holiday parties or Valentine's Day!

New Years Eve is upon us! For me, this is a time for reflection and celebration. And with celebration comes holiday parties and decadent food. I’m not sure what it is about this time of year that makes me crave cookies but they’re an absolute essential at all of my holiday parties beginning with Thanksgiving and ending with the new year. 

This chocolate lover's cookie is perfect for holiday parties or Valentine's Day!

As you might imagine, I’m always dealing with leftovers. Typically I give some away but I’m often left with more than I want to enjoy in the immediate future. My solution? I freeze them. Freezing baked cookies is a great way to extend their life without sacrificing quality (and if you want to get really advanced, you can scoop and freeze cookie dough in advance of any holiday parties). When Ziploc® asked me to create a recipe using their Holiday Collection, I knew cookies would be perfect. I’ve created an amazing chocolate cookie, aka The ultimate chocolate lover’s cookie, which I think will be perfect for New Years Eve parties.  It’s a triple chocolate delight with cocoa powder, chocolate liqueur and chocolate chips. Not only can you use these holiday storage containers to hand out leftovers at the end of the night, you can store them in the freezer to enjoy throughout the remainder of the month. If you want to freeze multiple layers of cookies in one container, place waxed paper or plastic wrap in between each layer.  Baked cookies will keep fresh in the freezer for up to 4 weeks. If wrapped tightly they can be stored even longer- up to 2 months. Valentines Day!

The Ultimate Chocolate Lover’s Cookie
 
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Serves: 24-48 cookies, depending on the size of the cookie scoop
Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, preferably Valrhona
  • 8 ounces (approximately 1¾ cup) all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • optional: 1 teaspoon espresso powder
  • 8 ounces (1 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 6 ounces (approximately ⅔ cup) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoons chocolate liqueur, such as Godiva
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chocolate chips, preferably bittersweet
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Sift the cocoa powder into the flour (to avoid lumps) and then whisk in the baking powder, salt and espresso powder (if using).
  3. In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment (or a hand mixer), mix the butter and sugar on medium high speed until evenly combined. Add the egg, chocolate liqueur and vanilla and mix on medium speed until just combined. Add the flour mixture and mix until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips by hand.
  4. Use a cookie scoop to evenly portion out the cookie dough on the reserved baking sheets. Chill the cookie dough for 15 minutes or more. Bake for 12 minutes, preferably one sheet at a time on the middle rack, and allow to cool for several minutes before serving.
Notes
Notes: Use a 1 tablespoon scoop for approximately 48 cookies or a 2 tablespoon scoop for 24 larger cookies. All of the brand suggestions are optional. A cocoa powder other than Valrhona might result in a cookie that's lighter in color than what is seen in the photographs.

Disclaimer: I was paid to develop a recipe for Ziploc® in conjunction with their Ziploc® Brand Holiday Collection. As always, all opinions are my own.

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Comments

  1. I always make a big batch of Christmas cookies and throw them in the freezer immediately to have throughout the holidays. I am the ultimate chocolate lover so these cookies sound right up my alley!

  2. You need my address? These look amazing!

  3. How in the world do you have leftovers of THOSE cookies? ;) I’m kidding…I actually love to freeze cookies too…although, I’ve developed a taste for frozen cookies now. Yes…that’s how bad this sugar addiction is! Happy New Year, my dear friend. Your friendship, your support and your awesome sense of humor has made 2013 all the better for me! Cheers to many more laughs in 2014!

  4. Chocolate is always the answer. These cookies look great. I just bought a bottle of Godiva chocolate liquor too (it makes great cocktails).

  5. Your photography is always so well composed and beautiful. That being said, I will take a baker’s dozen of these delicious looking cookies!

  6. I love snowflakes! (and chocolate!) I’d be happy to freeze my winter soups in those bags. I’m seriously going to go look for them at the store! These cookies just might get served at my chocolate party in February — yummmm!

  7. These look like they would satisfy my chocolate cravings. They are gorgeous.

  8. Happy New Year to you! Have a lovely memories from the last day of 2013 :)

  9. These sound amazing!! I always say I’m going to keep cookies/cookie dough in the freezer for and *emergency…but I never have leftover cookies! I need to just make some and put a few straight in the freezer before I get the chance to eat them!

  10. Since my husband IS the ultimate chocolate lover, these will definitely be happening in our house soon. :) Happy 2014, Jen!

  11. So lovely. So chocolatey. So unlikely to last long enough to freeze any extras…

  12. With multiple tests of every permutation of every recipe I’m working on, leftovers are the bane of my existence. If it’s cookies though, I don’t have to worry about having them sitting around – I send them to work with my husband and they are gone in a flash.

    These look so delicious and rich – on my ‘to-try” list soon!

  13. Yum! These look so chocolatey good.

  14. I freeze a lot of cookies too – and I enjoy them straight from the freezer :) These cookies look amazing!

  15. Love how dark and rich these are!

  16. Yes please to triple chocolate cookies. Happy New Year!

  17. they sound wonderful!

  18. more chocolate=MORE DELICIOUS!!!

  19. they look amazing!

  20. The cookie looks good. Is this cookie crunchy?

  21. Anything that combines sea salt and chocolate is a winner in my book! Can’t wait to try this recipe!

  22. jen roj says:

    These sound yummy!

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