I really really love Valentine's Day, but more than that, I love Galentine's Day. An invention by my favorite human, Leslie Knope. Basically a day to celebrate your best gal pals.
But another SUPER important holiday on February 14th? My bestie, Christian's, birthday. And we used to celebrate each year with lots and lots of chocolate, but especially these cookies (tbh we made these weekly). I originally made this recipe with M&M's for the blog years ago, but those I would jazz them up with dark chocolate chunks. Because they are my favorite. And Christian loves all things chocolate.
Honestly, girl power is so important and I love Galentine's Day. But nothing is just better than a best friend who knows women are the future and is one of the biggest feminists you know...Also no one rocks the color pink like this bish..
So, happy birthday Christian! Love you and miss you. COME VISIT ME IN NEWPORT BEACH PLEASE!
Although this isn't the original recipe we used in college, it's something that each time I tweak it and make it, I just really get a little emotional thinking about how college brought me one of my best friends for life. Find those friends in life...hopefully they are low maintenance friends. You know the ones you don't have to talk to daily, or can go months without seeing, but when you do it's like nothing has changed and you are the best of friends, no matter what. They are the friends you make your family!
Yields about 30 cookies
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
1 cup butter, softened to room temp
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar, packed
2 eggs, room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 tablespoons milk
1 ½ cups of dark chocolate chunks, divided
Extra flakey salt for topping cookies, optional
In a medium-large bowl whisk your flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking soda.
With your standing mixer with a paddle attachment beat the butter until smooth. Then add sugar until fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time and vanilla on a medium-high speed. Scrape the sides and mix again.
Slowly pour in the dry ingredients on a low speed. Then add in the milk, one tablespoon at a time. Add in 1 cup of chocolate chunks.
Place bowl in the fridge for 1-24 hours to chill dough.
When you are ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350° F and prepare 3 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
Using a spoon or cookie scoop take about 1.5-2 tablespoons of dough and roll into a ball using your hands. Place a few chocolate chunks onto the top of each ball, roll to make a smooth-ish finish. Place on the baking sheet, chunks side up, each ball a few inches apart.
Bake for 11-13 minutes. Let them rest 5-10 minutes and sprinkle with flakey salt if desired, then remove from the sheet onto a cooling tray.