Triple Chocolate Cookies are a recent addition to my massive collection of cookie recipes. The dough is a chocolate lovers’ delight, thick and fudgy. To be honest, a bit of the dough doesn’t make it into the oven. Okay… maybe more than a bit. This recipe is a little different, because initially the dough is rather soft. It really does need to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes for the dough to thicken. It’s because the melted chocolate in the dough gets harder as it cools in the dough. Be careful–if you let it sit for too long, it will get quite stiff.
What makes them Triple Chocolate Cookies?
These Triple Chocolate Cookies have cocoa powder in the flour mixture (that’s one chocolate), melted chocolate in the dough (that’s two chocolates), and whole chocolate chips added at the end (that’s three!). It’s sort of like Triple Ginger Cookies, which have powdered ginger, crystallized ginger and fresh ginger. If you’re a real ginger fan, that is heavenly.
Why use a portion scoop for Triple Chocolate Cookies?
Portion scoops give consistently sized items, whether it’s balls of cookie dough or scoops of meatballs. You can buy portion scoops in all sizes at a restaurant supply store. (No, you don’t have to own a restaurant to buy from a restaurant store.)
My favorite size for cookies is a #40. It makes a consistent 2-inch cookie. Of course, if you love those monster 6-inch cookies, definitely use the #20 scoop!
I have a whole range of sizes of portion scoops, from size 70 (I actually have two of these and often use them both at the same time) to a rather large size 20. Size 20 is a good size for cupcakes or muffins.
When you use a scoop, your muffins, cookies or whatever you’re making will all be a consistent size. It also means your muffins will all bake the same.
Bake and freeze Triple Chocolate Cookies
I discovered a long time ago that if you bake cookies ahead of time and keep them in a tightly closed container in the freezer, they will keep quite well. Take them out and thaw them, and they’re fresh. Not quite as spectacular as just-out-of-the-oven cookies, but close. I have many cookie recipes, including Triple Chocolate Cookies, that freeze very well. Of course, there are lots of cookies that don’t freeze well, like cream cheese bar cookies, meringue cookies and the like.
Freeze unbaked dough balls of Triple Chocolate Cookies
One of the best things I’ve learned with cookies is to freeze unbaked cookie dough balls and keep them in the freezer. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, put the dough balls on the baking sheet and freeze until hard. Store the dough balls in a ziplock bag in the freezer (they keep for a long time). It may take a few minutes more to bake the cookies from frozen dough balls. But in less than 30 minutes you can have fresh-baked cookies. That includes the time to heat the oven! And who wouldn’t love to walk into your house and smell fresh-baked cookies?
HOT TIP: When you take the cookie dough balls off the parchment paper to put in the freezer, label what the cookies are. Fold the parchment paper up and write what the cookies are directly on the parchment paper with a Sharpie marker. Put it in the ziplock bag with the cookies. (This is helpful when you’ve made 12 kinds of cookies for Christmas gifts and need to remember what you made!)
Triple Chocolate Cookies at the Bottger Mansion of Old Town
Every innkeeper has something special that they do. Some start baking fresh breads every morning at 4:00 a.m. We make all kinds of cookies at the Bottger Mansion. You never know what kinds of cookies you’ll find when you arrive–Pumpkin Pie Spice Cookies, Lemon-Blueberry Oatmeal Cookies, Dia de los Muertos cookies, Christmas cookies, or Triple Chocolate Cookies. Honestly, we have hundreds of cookie recipes!
Stay at the Bottger Mansion of Old Town and enjoy a comfortable room in our 1912 historic home. All rooms have private bathrooms, individual heat and air conditioning units, free WiFi and streaming TV, free parking, hair dryers and microfiber robes. Savor great coffee and a selection of teas in the morning with our fabulous breakfast. Discover all that historic Old Town Albuquerque has to offer right out our front door. Treat yourself!