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Two Types of Cooks (Recipe: Triple-Decker Decadence Cookies)

I firmly believe that there are two types of bakers in the world… the “lickers” and the “scrape it clean”ers. I will admit, I am a licker. I think I consume the majority of the calories when I am baking from the dough and batter, typically preferring that to the finished product. My kiddos always have a good amount of cookie and cake batter to consume when they are helping me in the kitchen. They look forward to it and if there isn’t any, I have a riot on my hands.

I grew up in a “licker” house. My sisters are lickers, my mom is a licker and even my grandma was a licker. My mother-in-law is a “scrape it clean”er. If you think you are going to even get a smidgen of a taste of whatever she is baking before it is baked, you’ve got another thing coming to you. I don’t know how she does it. I can’t resist a taste of the dough or the batter, but she scrapes, scrapes, scrapes until the bowl is as clean as it would be if she just took it out of the dishwasher.

I dare any proclaimed “scrape it clean”er to try this cookie recipe without a sample of the batter. Mmmmmm… especially after it has been in the fridge and chilled… it is just like biting into a rich piece of chocolate fudge.

I found this cookie recipe to be delicious, batter and finished product. Although I loved the chocolate ganache, the thin chocolate chewy wafers were just as good without it. “Licker” or “Scrape it clean”er….whatever you are…you won’t have to go far to find a volunteer to gobble these decadent treats up!

Leah is clearly a Licker

Triple-Decker Decadence Chocolate Cookies (from Better Homes and Gardens Ulitmate Desserts)


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Chocolate Ganache

1. In a large bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugars, baking soda, salt, and pepper; beat until combined, scraping bowl occasionally. Beat in egg and vanilla until combined.

2. In a small bowl, whisk together flour and cocoa powder. Gradually beat or stir into egg mixture. Divide dough into two portions. Shape each portion of dough into a 1-1/2-inch-diameter log (about 8 inches long). Wrap each log in plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour or freeze for 30 minutes or until firm enough to slice.

3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Working with one roll at a time, unwrap chilled dough and cut into slices about 1/4 inch thick. Place slices 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.

4. Bake in the preheated oven for 8 minutes or until edges are set. Cool on cookie sheet for 1 minute. Transfer cookies to a wire rack; let cool.

5. For each three-cookie stack, spread 1 teaspoon Chocolate Ganache evenly over the bottom side of one cookie. Top with a plain cookie, top side up. Spread with 1 teaspoon Chocolate Ganache. Top with another cookie, top side up. Pipe remaining Chocolate Ganache over tops of cookie stacks. Chill 30 minutes to set. Makes about 14 cookie stacks.

Chocolate Ganache: In a small microwave-safe bowl, combine 6 ounces chopped bittersweet chocolate and 1/3 cup whipping cream. Microwave on 100 percent power (high) for 1 minute. Stir until mixture is melted and smooth. Let stand about 30 minutes or until mixture thickens enough to spread. Makes about 1 cup.

To Store: Layer plain cookies between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw cookies, if frozen, before stacking and serving. Or store stacks in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

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  1. Oh dear Lord in heaven…I do believe that I would be eating little Leah’s cheeks for than the yummy batter. (theoretically speaking, of course!)

    Oh yeah, almost forgot, I’m a licker, come from a family of lickers too! :)
    .-= Wenderly´s last blog ..Make Your Home A Spa For Mother’s Day! =-.

  2. i made these too from BH&G and loved them!

    hope u checked out my Strawberry Almond Bronies in the beginning of the book :)
    .-= dani´s last blog ..#75) Chocolate Swirl Banana Bread =-.

  3. this post WINS. the pictures are adorable, and your analysis is spot-on. i never really thought of it that way, but dividing cooks into these two categories is exactly right. i, too, am a licker, and darn proud of it. :)
    .-= grace´s last blog ..crumby, but not crummy =-.

  4. Leah could be on the cover of Parents magazine! How adorable. I’m a licker for sure. Growing up, my sisters and I fought over who got to lick the beaters. I have definitely passed the genetic trait on to my boys.
    .-= Liz´s last blog ..School Lunch Revolution & a Recipe for a Healthy Hero (Podcast #102) =-.

  5. Oh my gosh… that is the cutest picture of your daughter! No question about it …she is a licker. You could win a photography contest with this photo!

    I hate to admit this in writing, but I sometimes do both!! I always lick, but love to scrape up those bits and pieces.
    .-= Barbara´s last blog .. =-.

  6. OMG – I love your daughters face – I just want to give her lots of smooches!
    .-= Biz´s last blog ..Keeping the Eye on the Prize =-.

  7. I am a scrape-it-clean-er, if you want to look past the fact that I scrape it clean RIGHT INTO MY MOUTH. Oh, those bowls are clean after I’m done with them, all right.
    .-= camille´s last blog ..Chicken Dupiaza and Pilau Rice =-.

  8. great post as usual!

  9. That picture of Leah is awesome! Those cheeks! How can you stand it. So cute.

    I don’t lick the bowl – but I know my daughter and hubby like it – so I always offer the beater or spoon to them. I do like to scrape the bowl to get every last drop of batter. Don’t want to miss any of the yumminess.

    Happy Mother’s Day!!!!

  10. I am definitely not a scrape it clean type. I don’t have the patience! The photos of your daughter are adorable!!

  11. Love the photos of Leah, too darn cute…the cookies look fab as well!
    .-= Jamie | My Baking Addiction´s last blog ..Chicken Stir Fry & Egg Rolls =-.

  12. Your baby is clearly a licker for sure, she makes my uterus ache, LOL. I want a little girl so much, she is just the most precious thing ever. Oh, and the cookies look beautiful too!
    .-= Angie´s last blog ..Whole Wheat Bread with Hemp Seeds =-.

  13. Likers here at our house!!…..I even cover the bowl and save it if they aren’t home when I bake! lol

    You know I LOVE that picture of Leah!! you HAVE to enter that in some kind of contest some day! ♥

    Happy Mother’s Day Kristen!
    .-= TidyMom´s last blog ..Swiffer Sweeper Vac Review & Giveaway! =-.

  14. mmmm….those cookies look good! With a name like that…how can you POSSIBLY go wrong? And I have to say, when I saw that first picture of your daughter it gave me a good 5 min laugh! shes so adorable! She has this look of what? why are you taking a picture of this? it tastes good ok? lol I just want to pinch her chubby wittle cheeks! Happy Mothers Day btw :)

  15. Whitney says:

    I LOVE this pic of Leah!!!!! Especially the one on the left. These cookies look good too!!

  16. What an adorable photo!! The cookies look amazing too!!

  17. Can I just say ” I want to eat her up!” She is such a pumpkin for sure….. BIG SQUEEZE!!

    .-= ThatsSoYummy´s last blog ..Happy Mothers Day! =-.

  18. I am a licker. Definitely. I am a baker too. I adore baking and chocolate together. Mmmmm…You are making me so hungry. Thanks a lot.

  19. Happy Birthday to Leah! Love her cheeks!!! :)
    .-= Sara´s last blog ..~Lemongrass Shrimp & Coconut Soup~ =-.

  20. Melt my heart with those spatula photos!
    .-= peabody´s last blog ..Can’t get nothing past you…. =-.


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