Over the weekend my blog went over 1 million views! This was an exciting milestone for me. I have never considered myself as having anything worth saying that others would want to hear/read about. So seeing my little blog get bigger and bigger has been a very encouraging experience. Maybe there are people out there who enjoy some of the things I do and write about. On the same day I went over 400 e-mail followers, this amazes me as well. Most of the time I am pretty sure my friends and family don’t even have any interest in my blog, but 400 people want to receive an e-mail every time I post something new! Then I noticed my Pinterest followers have jumped from 170 followers a month ago to over 1100, again I’m floored. I have been terribly busy over the last week renovating our bathroom until the wee hours of the morning, baking and cleaning for our annual open house party and participating in Christmas events. So I haven’t been posting like normal, but I felt I needed to stop and say thank you to my readers for helping me achieve these milestones. I am sharing a recipe I use as a thank you to my husband often since it is one of his favorites, my twice baked potatoes.
Well I decided to post the only cookie recipe I can actually claim as “mine”. Oh and they are an amazing chocolate fix if you ever need one
Chocolate Earthquake Cookies!
These cookies are pretty easy to make and they have a sweet powdered sugar-coating that gives them a pretty cracked look. The inside is soft and not too sweet, just pure chocolate heaven! OK, OK, OK…. here is the recipe:
4 one ounce blocks semisweet chocolate
1 cup chocolate chips
6 Tablespoons butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup flour
2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
First put the semi sweet chocolate blocks, chocolate chips and butter in a microwave safe bowl. Heat 30 seconds and then take out and stir, then heat 30 more seconds then take out and stir…. keep repeating until the chocolate is completely melted. Set aside and let it cool while you do the rest. Get another small bowl and put your flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in it and stir with a wisk to mix well. Set this bowl aside also. Next put the eggs and sugar in a bowl ( I put mine in my kitchen aid mixer) then mix on high for 1 1/2 to 2 min until the egg and sugar mixture is a light yellowish color and looks well mixed. Now check your bowl of chocolate and make sure it’s cooled to just warm and then mix it into the egg mixture well. Slowly add your flour mixture until all ingredients are now mixed well. I usually let it sit in the fridge for about an hour before using to help it harden so your balls of cookie dough don’t spread too much.
Next, spray your cookie sheet, put a sheet of parchment on it or use a silpat mat. Get a bowl and put some powdered sugar in it. Now make small balls of dough (I just used a teaspoon and made it heaping then rolled it) and then roll in the powdered sugar, then place on the cookie sheet. Make sure to place them far enough away from each other because they will double in size. Place cookie sheet in oven and bake 9-11 min.
This is what they will look like when they come out of the oven
Enjoy with a tall glass of milk!
I hope you and your family and friends enjoy these cookies as much as we do Happy baking!