From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...This cookie is one of my diet secrets. When I have a craving for chocolate, just one of these rich and fudgy gems satisfies my appetite and helps keep me on the straight and narrow. The cookies, which I think were developed in the Hershey Kitchens, are very easy to make and, more importantly, they freeze well. That means temptation can't lure me into the pantry where access to the cookies would be all too easy and my famous resolve would fade away. The cookies, which are almost a confection, are delicious and intensely chocolate. If you love all things chocolate, I urge you to try them, but be careful not to overbake the cookies. They can quickly go from moist and fudgy to crisp, and while the crisp cookies are tasty, they just aren't the same as the chewier version. I do hope you you'll give this recipe a try. Here is how the cookies are made.
Moist and Fudgy Brownie Drops...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Hershey Kitchens
2/3 cup shortening
1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon water
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup baking cocoa
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans, optional
1) Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
2) Cream shortening and sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, water and vanilla.
3) Combine flour, cocoa, salt and baking soda in a separate bowl. Gradually add to creamed mixture and beat just until blended. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts if desired.
3) Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 7-9 minutes. Do not overbake. Cool on pans for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool. Yield: 3 dozen.
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