LUSCIOUS. Lascivious. Obscene. Ostentatious. Over the top. Other cookies are a tease. These cookies are a LAP DANCE:
Good LORD. These cookies would never pass the Olympic test for steroids. I found them while watching the Food Network show, “Best Thing I Ever Ate — Chocolate.” Celeb-chef Rocco DiSpirito referenced these cookies, the darlings of New York’s famed Levain Bakery, as the most decadent chocolate item EVER.
Now, the ladies of Levain jealously guard their recipe, but there is video of them — spoonful of sugar here, fluff of flour there — and this amazing food blogger stop-actioned them with her TiVo and gave those proportions a mighty stare-down until she came pretty druckin close to the original recipe. Bless her!
I made these over the weekend and if you follow her recipe exactly (12 cookies per batch at 4 oz each), you wind up with baseball-sized balls of dough. I plopped them on the cookie sheet and walked away thinking, this will NEVER work. It defies all cookie logic. They’ll be gooey inside, burnt outside, or completely flat, like Florentines. (Thank you awesome pal Daniel for helping me coin the term, ‘cookie logic.’ It’s sweet!)
So I walked away. Sat down at my computer. Figured that’s another $20 in cocoa, butter and sugar that’ll wind up in the bin.
Oh, but then. A magical mingling of chocolate, butter and SUCCESS filled the air and drew me to my oven window, where a miracle was taking place. MY cookies looked exactly like HER cookies, which look exactly like THEIR cookies:
Here’s the recipe on her blog Parsley, Sage, Desserts and Line Drives. (Love that her blog is food + baseball, my kinda gal!) I made the Dark Choc Peanut Butter Chip just as she says EXCEPT: I subtracted 1/4 cup white sugar and replaced it with 1/4 cup brown sugar, and I used two cups of white chocolate chips (instead of PB) and one cup of semi-sweet.
So please, put ice-cold milk on your shopping list, make these cookies and eat them warm from the oven. Their gooey, melty goodness is transcendental — I’ve never baked nor eaten nor really even seen anything like them. They are BIG. They are DANGEROUS. They are DERANGED. You have been warned.