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Opposite of Fancy {Recipe: Plain & Extraordinary Chewy Chocolate Cookies}

Sometimes as food bloggers, we try so hard to do something original or out of the ordinary with our recipes that the plain recipes… the classic recipes… get overlooked. As much as I love a touch of special, I also have to admit that some of the most basic and simple recipes are my favorite.

These chocolate cookies, for example, won’t stand out to anyone as being unique. It is a chewy, chocolate cookie. Delicious and extraordinary in flavor, but there is nothing special about this recipe. This cookie won’t make it on a list of most interesting cookies. It won’t win awards for the most unique blend of flavors, but I can guarantee you that it will win smiles from each and every chocolate lover who tastes them.

Sure, I could have added a sprinkle of sea salt on the top to make them stand out. I could have sandwiched a layer of french vanilla caramel in between them for that extra ounce of ooomph. Even better… I could have drizzled salted french vanilla caramel on top of them for the biggest punch of wow, but I didn’t. You see, these cookies… these tender, soft, chewy, chocolaty cookies, don’t need help from a fancier supporting cast. They, my friends, can handle the spotlight quite well on their very own. Take a taste and see… sometimes plain can be the most extraordinary flavor of all.

The recipe is after this  short, fun video with Linda Stahl, baking authority for Hershey’s test kitchens. Linda personally answered some of my most pressing questions about the ins and outs of Cookie Exchanges. This chocolate cookie is one of my contributions to an upcoming cookie exchange with friends…listen to Linda’s advice on how else to make a cookie exchange successful!

Recipe: Extra Special Chewy Chocolate Cookies

  • 1 1/4 cups butter, softened
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened Hershey cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs then add the vanilla
  3. In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt; gradually mix into the creamed mixture.
  4. Drop dough by teaspoonfuls onto parchment lined cookie sheets
  5. Bake 9 minutes in the preheated oven. Cookies will be soft and still look slightly doughy
  6. Let set and cool on cookie sheet for 2 minutes then remove from sheet onto wire rack to cool completely

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  1. Simple cookies are the best!

    • Yes, these are wonderful. This is the exact original WATERGATE HOTEL CHOCOLATE COOKIE recipe. I’ve been making them for years! Everyone loves them.

  2. i would like an entire plate of these . . . please and thank you!

  3. I’m a big fan of the opposite of fancy in all parts of life!

    Best to you and yours this holiday. Cheers!

  4. I totally agree. No matter how experimental we get with the food we eat, there will always be one that we want to eat as it is. As for my case, it’s the old school chocolate chip cookies. It’s my comfort food and only a glass of warm milk can ever partner with it.. :)

  5. I love chewy chocolate cookies. Thanks for the great recipe!

  6. Your thoughts about common recipes are spot-on. I’ve been pretty lax in trying new things this year since I’ve been so busy, but it’s just as fun and rewarding to practice old classics til they shine!

  7. I have to give these babies a try. I need to learn how to master the art of chewy!

  8. Classic simple recipes are always a hit. That’s why I love them!

  9. I love plain ordinary cookies! These looks awesome! I’ll make them soon I’m quite sure! Thanks!

  10. Those look and sound delicious Kristen! I agree with you about the simple recipes being overlooked, we are always experimenting with new and different things we sometimes forget the tried and true! I have a thumbprint recipe that has FIVE ingredients. I’ve been making them for over 20 years and they deliver every single time!

  11. Chocolate chocolate chocolate. These look luscious. Again, you’re not helping my diet!

  12. I loved your intro! It totally grabbed me since I know what you mean about classic recipes. I’m so happy you posted this! Going to make them next week – thanks!

  13. These look amazing. You’re definitely right. Sometimes, the thing you need most is so simple, you overlook it. This hasn’t been overlooked. :)

  14. Simple recipe with a standing ovation from you? I’m flagging this for my cookie baking list for my softball team! :)

  15. I love simple and yet luxurious recipes, minimalist in ingredients maximizing in flavor!

  16. These cookies were fantastic, fast to whip up, and perfectly chewy! I added 1/2 cup of semi sweet chocolate chips, because you can never have too much chocolate! I sent them to the office with my roommate and she said they disappeared in an hour. Highly recommend this recipe!

  17. Great recipe!! I like soft fluffy cookies, so I whipped the sugar and butter really well. The cookie is rich with coa coa flavor. simple ingredients, and not so simple mess to clean up. Worth it! would recommend with ice cream!


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