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quarter pound double chocolate cookies


Quarter pound cookie. Let's just look at that one sentence. A chocolate cookie that weighs a quarter pound. Seriously. Filled with cocoa powder, dark chocolate chips, butter, a touch of cinnamon, sugar, a touch of salt, a hint of cream, and then dipped in warm ganache. That's food porn. One bite, ok three bites of this cookie and my chocolate craving was satisfied. I have to tell you these cookies were fun to create. What do they taste like? A moister, super rich, dense scone with texture and a long lingering chocolate essence. They are really thick and really rich--super rich actually. Why did I make them so big? I have an obsession with giant cookies. That's it. I'm addicted to chocolate. No, I have an obsession with giant sized chocolate cookies. And a small obsession with levain bakery. I know I'm not supposed to swear on my food blog and all that crap, but trust me one bite of these cookies and you will say holy shazammmm--that's a *(#&^% good cookie!
As you see in the next picture the cookie sheet is 18 x 13 inches and it holds only eight cookies. I was going to put a paper clip on the cookie sheet so you could see size difference, but then someone might be like 'why is that girl putting paper clips next to her cookies?'
My giant cookies were featured in the la times, how cool is that? Thanks la times!



quarter pound double chocolate cookies
loosely based on levain bakery
print recipe

2 and ¾ sticks of room temp unsalted butter
¾ cup granulated white sugar
¾ cup packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 TB half & half (or cream)
1 ½ ts pure vanilla extract
3 cups all purpose flour
½ cup + 2 TB cocoa powder
½ ts cinnamon
Oversized ¾ ts sea salt
1 and ½ ts baking powder
½ ts baking soda
2 cups (60% or higher cocoa) dark chocolate chips or chopped chocolate

In a mixing bowl, using an electric mixer, or by hand beat butter and both sugars just until creamy. Don’t overbeat. Add in the eggs, vanilla, and half & half and beat just until incorporated.
In another bowl mix the flour, cocoa powder, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder and salt. When thoroughly mixed, add to batter and stir just until blended. Stir in chocolate chips.
Keep in mind this dough is very hard and thick. I like to chill my dough for at least 3 hours before using.
Divide dough into 12 big 4 oz lumps. Mold into HUGE golfballs; do not press flat! Keep them as balls on the cookie sheets. Bake on ungreased cookies sheets (one sheet at a time).
Put the cookies in a 365 degree oven for about 12 minutes, rotate pan, then bake another 8-10 minutes OR until the cookies are just set. It will be hard to tell when the cookies are done. Recipe by dawn finicane. Look for crackles on side, cooked tops and semi-firm; they should be a bit soft in the middle. Don’t overbake or they will turn into scones. Once baked don’t try and move the cookies off the pan, they will break apart, let them chill a bit before touching.
Once they are completely cooled, dip the tops in melted dark chocolate (or milk chocolate). Makes 12 giant cookies.

60 comments:

  1. I've been waiting for these, thanks to all of your nasty teasers:) All I can say is WOW!

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  2. These look absolutely amazing!!!! I want to reach through my computer screen and steal one!

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  3. My GOODNESS do those sound fabulous.

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  4. ha, quarter pound with chocolate on top... that's my kinda cookie

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  5. dangggg, that is all I have to say.

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  6. Yeah, these are going to be made... ASAP! YUM!

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  7. So much better than a quarter pound burger!

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  8. They are so chocolately I can only eat a small piece at a time!

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  9. Chocolate overload...I think not!!! I'll take four. Two now and two for later. It's like a chocoholics dream to eat such an amount of chocolate in one sitting. hehehe...

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  10. Um...its not even fair that you posted this when I"m already hungry ;) YUMMMMMMMMMMMMM.

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  11. Ummmm, Dawn? I don't suppose you want to tell me how many calories are in that divine cookie do you?

    No, I guess I don't want to know! I'll just make it last for more than one meal.

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  12. I pretty much would like to live with you. Holy giant cookie amazingness!

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  13. I assume your back in the kitchen making another batch of these beauts? I can't see them lasting long on thee tray.

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  14. Que maravilla de galletas, estan para comerselas. Un saludo desde España.

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  15. kudos on the la times feature!

    i am so making these quarter pounders for my husband's birthday...think i will dip some in dark & some in milk...& aybe some in white chocolate...:)

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  16. Remind me not to come here when I'm hungry...these look amazing! I'm craving chocolate now.

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  17. Hello...first time on your blog.
    In truth...I most certainly will not bake these amazing looking cookies.
    I will have to wait until I have a small gang coming over so that I can hold myself back ;o)
    Thanks for sharing,
    Claudia

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  18. Isn't there a bakery in NY that makes super-sized cookies? I read about it on someone's blog...Well, these monster cookies look amazing!! I take it you'll be sharing these with neighbours and friends...and folks across the border? LOL

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  19. i love giant cookies too. i would rather eat a quarter of a giant cookie than 1 teeny tiny one.

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  20. These cookies do NOT mess around! They are the playground bully of cookies. And I mean that in the nicest way possible. Love them!

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  21. ...
    That is just awesome. And congratz on being in the LA Times!

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  22. Congrats on being mentioned in the LA Times! I want to take a big ole bite out of one of those big ole cookies!

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  23. There is no body who does this kind of thing better than you! I live in LA ya know! GREG

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  24. Oh my! Must. Make. Cookies. At some point, though, I'm not going to be able to call this "baby weight" anymore :-P

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  25. You are killing me with the shinny ganache topping! I love the name "Quarter Pound".

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  26. Send one mine way! I'm all about the chocolate.

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  27. First of all, congrats on the LA Times mention. That is huge! Second of all, will you marry me?? I would be happy to just eat one of those and have it be my calories for the entire day. Holy yum!

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  28. WOW! I love chocolates, these cookies look irresistible...I am making it for sure for Mother's Day as a gift to myself :)

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  29. ..and Congrats on being featured in the LA Times! :)

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  30. Wow, those are fabulous! Congrats for a feature in LA Times!

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  31. So if I ate four of these, I'd gain a pound on my hips? Oh heck, ya only live once, and these look like they'd be worth it! ;)

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  32. These definitely got my attention! Maybe a project for a rainy day this weekend.

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  33. you're famous! oh, dawn, i shall never look at quarter pounder burgers the same way again--i'll always be wishing they were cookies!

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  34. mmm so puffy! yumy!

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  35. So how do they taste? Were they like brownies or were they crumbly? Your ratios are quite different than mine so I'm going to have to try your recipe.

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  36. I am so glad you are not my neighbor now that I'm trying to lose weight.. look at this goodies!



    blowing peachkisses
    The Peach Kitchen
    peach and things

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  37. This will for sure be added to the 'Must bake ASAP' pile. They look so YUMMY!

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  38. Oh man...this is just mean!! Give them all to me now!

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  39. These are so awesome! Congrats on the LA times, you are a rockstar!!

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  40. I found your blog via LATimes! Love it! Your creations look stunning! Must make those cookies, like TODAY!

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  41. Who says you cant fuckin swear on your blog! I do it all the time..but then again I am white trash!!! lol
    I am not even going to comment on those %^$#*8&'ing cookies.

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  42. I am scared to make them in fear my thighs will explode through my pants almost instantaneously with just one bite. Every ripped seem will be well worth it though!!!!

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  43. Wow, those are huge! I wish you did put a paperclip there as a reference.

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  44. Yikes talk about a sugar rush!

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  45. WOw, those cookies look hard core! (in a very very good way, of course)

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  46. I love GIANT cookies! Can't wait to try them...

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  47. Ummmmm, I just licked my computer screen!!!

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  48. WHOA! Those are beastly... and bad, bad news for someone who's trying to watch her weight like me! Looks great though :)

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  49. Dawn! Just wanted to let you know I did a post about how much I love your recipes and photography.. giving you full credit just sharing my admiration of your talent with the world!
    Keep inspiring everyone!
    - Kirsten

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  50. Ummm, What's the calorie count on these babies? On second thought I don't want to know! Pass me one please.

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  51. I used the phrase 'food porn' the other day and my husband almost choked laughing so hard. I had to explain it was a commonly used phrase on blogging.

    Seriously? A half pound? I'm sure it was calorie free?

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  52. Good Lord, woman. For a man who loves dark chocolate, the mere visage of these cookies trigger uncontrollable drooling. The sick part is that I would eat that pan of cookies with reckless abandon, only to awake hours later, naked, wondering what happened to me after ingesting so much deliciousness.

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  53. Waw!! This is spine trilling!!

    Just look how lovely, amazing & special these cookies look & surely musyt taste????!!!!!


    Georgous creations!

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  54. Ooh LA Times! You are famous now. This is a great looking cookie and with a pinch of cinnamon too. Yum!

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  55. So if I ate four of these in one day, I'd gain a pound? Oooh, dangerous. But heck, it would be worth it.

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  56. Oh My!! I've made a bad choice, in browsing your blog while hungry! :(

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  57. Oh man, these look so amazing!!! Yes please & seconds too.

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  58. Wow Dawn, I can not believe I missed these. I was thumbing through looking for your crumb cake and oh my God! These are so ... I think siren-ish would be the best word!

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  59. I looked at that first sentence and went to get a few chocolate shortbread cookies I had stashed away! Not the same, but they'll have to do for now. I'm afraid I'll eat the whole batch myself if I make them... gorgeous!

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