December 8th, 2011

{12 Days of Yum} Chocolate Overload from Scharffen Berger + Deluxe Double-Chocolate Cookies [CLOSED]

Deluxe Double-Chocolate Cookies

A winner has been selected: congrats to Sarah P! Thanks to everyone else for reading and joining in the fun. Happy new year!

Calling all chocolate lovers! This one from Scharffen Berger is for you.

Do I need to say anything else? You chocolate geeks already know Scharffen Berger and their amazing artisan chocolates. The rest of you chocoholics just need to know that this is some of the best damn chocolate you can get your hands on, especially for baking (something I do with these products more often than I should!). Simply choosing Scarffen Berger makes your dessert better.

If you can’t turn that down, I’ll meet you after the jump to tell you what’s in this amazing Chocolate Overload prize pack (and share a recipe for amazing Deluxe Double-Chocolate Cookies). If you can turn this down, well, there’s hope even for the craziest among us!

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Scharffen Berger has kindly offered to send one of you hungry chocolate lovers a package that includes:

* One 9.7-ounce 99% Cacao Unsweetened Chocolate Baking Bar
* One 9.7-ounce 70% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Bar
* One 6-ounce package 70% Cacao Bittersweet Baking Chunks
* One 6-ounce package 62% Cacao Semisweet Dark Chocolate Baking Chunks
* One 6-ounce Unsweetened Natural Cocoa Powder
* The Essence of Chocolate cookbook

To be eligible to win, leave a comment by midnight on Monday 12/12 sharing the most decadent way you’ve ever enjoyed chocolate. And, um, keep it PG, okay?!

I have a feeling you know exactly what you’re going to make with these goodies. (In fact, if that’s the case, you may want to enter your recipe into the Scarffen Berger Elevate a Classic contest. Selected recipes can win as much as $10,000!)

If you don’t know what to make, though, how about you try this Chocolate Espresso Pecan Pie. I’ll be making it this Christmas, as I have been for the last couple of years. Or you can give these Deluxe Double Chocolate Cookies a whirl. I bet the guests at your holiday party or maybe even the big, jolly man himself will be happy you did!

Good luck! And be sure to regularly check all of the giveaways in this series at The 12 Days of Yum HQ. (You can also check out the One Hungry Mama 2011 Gift Guide while you’re at it. Yay for giving!)

*This prize package is valued at about $85.00 plus shipping and will be provided directly by Scharffen Berger to a winner in the U.S. selected by Random.org. This is not a traditional sponsored post in that I reached out to Scharffen Berger—not the other way around. I asked them to participate as one of my favorite brands and they kindly said yes. (Thank you, Scharffen Berger!) After we agreed to the terms of the giveaway, I was provided some chocolate for free as a thank you. All opinions are strictly my own, thank you very much.

Deluxe Double-Chocolate Cookies
Recipe by Elisabeth Prueitt and Chad Robertson of Tartine Bakery
(can be shared with kids 12+ mos)*

8 ounces SCHARFFEN BERGER 70% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate
1 cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
½ cup plus 2 tablespoons SCHARFFEN BERGER Natural Cocoa Powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ cup unsalted butter at room temperature
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon salt
1/3 cup whole milk

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

2. Melt the chocolate in the top of a double boiler or in a stainless steel bowl set over simmering water. Be sure that the water does not touch the bottom of the bowl. When the chocolate is melted, remove from the heat.

3. Stir together the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder. Set aside. Using a standard mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium-high speed until creamy. Slowly add the sugar and mix until the mixture is completely smooth and soft. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Scrape the sides of the bowl as needed. Beat in the vanilla and salt, and then add the melted chocolate and beat on low speed until incorporated. Add the milk and beat until combined. Finally, add the flour mixture and beat on low speed until incorporated.

4. Drop the dough by heaping tablespoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing them about 1 inch apart. Bake the cookies until they are just barely firm on top when lightly touched but are still very soft underneath, about 7 minutes. They will get firmer as they cool. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack and let cool. They will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for several days.

*Note: While there is nothing in this recipe that is unsafe for younger children, I recommend them starting at 12 months due to the high sugar content. No matter how old your eaters, be sure to share age appropriate servings—just a little bit of this rich cookie goes a long way for young eaters!

35 Responses

  1. Kat says:

    I made a chocolate cake from scratch for the first time recently and could not stop eating it.

  2. jenny says:

    it’s not super decadent, but nothing stops the chocolate craving better than a nice fudgy brownie….

  3. Rosie says:

    I’d have to say the most decadent is a chocolate bread pudding that I made for Christmas Eve one year. Delicious.

  4. Bubu says:

    Hard to pick just one, but for me it’s hot cocoa with peppermint schnaps on a cold winter’s night. (REAL hot cocoa, of course, made with dutch cocoa, sugar and milk)

  5. Ace Dans says:

    My mother makes something that she calls “Chocolate Decadence”. She won’t tell me what is in it. Wonderful stuff! Years ago, my roommate was dating a girl that worked at Scharffen Berger. We had their yummy products in the house all the time. I think I was more devastated when my roommate broke up with her than she herself was!

  6. Elizabeth says:

    Hmmm…possibly Molten Chocolate Babycakes. It’s hard to beat a gooey chocolate center.

  7. Ruthanne says:

    I make a Death by Chocolate cake that has been renamed by friends as my “O” Chocolate its that good

  8. Deb says:

    Favorite has to be chocolate chip cookies, warm from the oven.

  9. Jen W. says:

    That’s a tough one. I’ve had some amazingly decadent desserts. Topping my list of favorites might be Cheesecake Factory’s Chocolate Tuxedo Cream cheesecake. So many types of chocolate in one tasty, decadent bite!

  10. julie says:

    I really like chocolate. I would have to say chocolate chip cookies!!

  11. Susie says:

    I love chocolate fondue!

  12. Natasha says:

    My husband found Scharffen Berger chocolate chips on sale a while back, and they made the most amazing chocolate chip cookies. If these don’t count as decadent, how about eating a whole bar of dark chocolate with almonds and sea salt? I had a minor addiction this summer.

  13. julie says:

    I love molten chocolate cake….yummmmmm

  14. Sue C. says:

    A friend of mine once made a chocolate cake from a recipe in Chocolatier magazine that used 3 different kinds of really good dark chocolate (like Scharffen Berger) and lots of butter, definitely the best chocolate thing I’ve ever eaten.

  15. Kristie says:

    Eating anything from Vosges Chocolates is so decadent to me.

  16. Meghan says:

    Fondue!

  17. sue v says:

    i enjoy brownies straight from the oven – all gooey goodness

  18. Staci A says:

    Most decadent…chocolate cake with chocolate chips and chocolate icing. Amazing!

  19. Sara P. says:

    My mother makes the most decadent flourless chocolate cake. It is amazing!!

  20. Shiloa says:

    It would have to be triple chocolate macadamia nut cookies! They are even better with a caramel drizzle on top!!

  21. hannah v says:

    homemade hot fudge sauce is to die for

  22. Kelly G says:

    Dark chocolate mint fondue at La Fondue in Saratoga CA! Holy cow.

  23. Darcy says:

    I make a flourless chocolate cake, and once I also made a whipped chocolate ganashe to put on top. We were wired out of our minds, but it was delicious!

  24. laura h says:

    Chocolate cake at aria in chicago. Could easily feed 8 people but we shared it between two. Decadent and delicous!

  25. Sarah Humm says:

    Graeters brand mint chocolate chip ice cream is the best. There is a ton of chocolate in every pint and it is the most delicious chocolate ever.

  26. megan says:

    Mmm truffles :)

  27. Catherine says:

    Double Chocolate Cake anyone? So good…

  28. Amanda P. says:

    Chocolate truffle cake supreme!

  29. Kimberly M says:

    I think a homemade flourless chocolate cake is the best chocolate indulgence. Thanks for the contest!

  30. Kim Henrichs says:

    The most decadent way I’ve enjoyed chocolate is to have true churros and cocoa in Spain. It was thick and delicious and it was SO hard to leave it behind. Savored every moment.

  31. Meryl says:

    A dark chocolate fudgy brownie topped with whipped cream, hot fudge sauce and Kahlua!

  32. Louis S. says:

    My wife’s homemade deep, dark, creamy, ultra rich bittersweet chocolate ice cream.

  33. gita prasad says:

    During labor I couldnt eat for hours and chocolate was the 1st thing I wanted after labor. For me, after not eating in what seemed like years I bit into that chocolate and savored the flavor lol. I think I had my eyes closed while eating it and filtered out all of the noise

  34. carly says:

    amazing homemade brownies using the recipe from Baked in Brooklyn!

  35. Charlotte says:

    I LOVE chocolate chip cookies!!!!