These cookies are large, rich, and unusually soft based off the Swig Cookie formula.
- 1 3/4 c. + 2 tbsp. all-purpose unbleached flour
- 1/2 c. cocoa powder, unsweetened
- 1/4 tsp. baking soda
- 1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
- 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
- 1/2 c. (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1/2 c. + 2 tbsp. pure cane sugar (plus more for flattening)
- 1/2 c. powdered sugar
- 1/4 c. vegetable oil*
- 1 large egg
- Frosting (optional)
- 4 tbsp. unsalted butter
- 1 c. powdered sugar
- 1/4 c. cocoa powder, unsweetened
- 1/4 c. heavy cream
- splash of vanilla extract
- pinch of kosher salt
- extra flaky salt
- Preheat oven to 350°F degrees. Line baking sheet with a Silpat or parchment paper. Set out butter to come to room temperature.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, cream of tartar, and salt. Set aside.
- In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugars until pale and well combined. Add in oil and mix until no lumps remain. Beat in the egg until just combined.
- Add dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and incorporate on low speed until just combined, pulsing to initially incorporate. Dough will be dense and fairly dry. You should probably taste it just to make sure it’s good. Ok, now stop. This recipe makes exactly a dozen.
- Using a #16 (2 oz) ice cream scoop, scoop out 6 dough balls on to the prepped baking sheet leaving at a time, at least 2″ apart. Into a flat-bottomed bowl add about 2 tablespoons of sugar. Using the base of a glass cup (with the tiniest shmear of water to get the sugar to initially stick), liberally dunk in sugar, and press out dough until it just passes the edge of the cup. Repeat.
- Bake for 8 minutes, no longer. Just trust me. Allow to cool on pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to continue cooling.
- While cookies cool completely, make frosting (optional). Cream butter until light and fluffy. Slowly mix in half of the powdered sugar, cocoa powder, heavy cream, vanilla, and kosher salt. Once the mixture comes together, mix in the rest of the powdered sugar. Continue beating until frosting lightens and it completely smooth.
- Spread on cookies. Start by adding a dollop to the middle of the cookie and spread towards the edge, working frosting in a circular motion. Sprinkle with toppings. Store lightly covered for up to two days, or freeze them for long lasting consumption. After 12 hours, place on baking sheet and flash freeze in freezer for about 30 minutes. Remove and individually (and carefully) wrap in plastic wrap. Store in an airtight freezer bag in freezer for up to a month. Allow to come to room temp for about 20 minutes before eating.
These cookies can be finicky depending on whether you live in a humid or dry climate. I live in a more humid climate and these cookies are still on the wet side for me. However, Mel’s Kitchen Cafe made these cookies and had to add 2 tablespoons of milk. She lives in a dry climate.
I made these last week and they were delicious. So chocolatey and soft. I love frosted cookies–the icing really helps to keep them soft, I think.
I have been wanting to try out the swig cookie formula, and these look like they deserve to be the first of many future cookies 🙂 My husband is such a chocolate junkie and I know these would make his evening!
I’m constantly struggling with “blogger bottom” in my corner of the cooking/baking/blogging world as well Melissa. (My jeans did in fact shrink in the dryer this week – it couldn’t possibly have been all those Dulce de Leche Magic Cookie Bars I was “testing” 🙂 I focus on moderation and veggies most days, but life is too short not to enjoy chocolate-frosted cookies as gorgeous as yours. Wow. Just wow.
These cookies look super delicious! And I can’t believe your little is being potty trained – I remember when you’d just given birth to her. ; o )
I’m glad it’s going well so far. It took me a while when my sons were young but I’ve heard it said that girls are easier to potty train than boys… but I have no idea!! ; o )
Just printed this off. I’ve started collecting recipes to keep our girls busy this summer. I’m smart that way. Can’t wait to try these!
Girl — yes. I’m with you on the moderation thing. I still don’t do it perfectly (ate a whole bag of gummy bears yesterday) but most days I manage to stay between the lines. life is just too short to not enjoy cookies (and pizza!) from time to time. And I’ve never heard of Swig cookies before?! Definitely checking these babies out.
getting a cookie and a dirty diet coke from swig is one of my favorite parts about traveling to utah. love your chocolate take on those beauts. and congrats on surviving potty training! i’ve heard it’s harder than birth; just one of the many things i have to look forward too as i approach motherhood. 😉 xo
These are gorgeous!! I can’t wait to make them my coping mechanism 🙂 I haven’t thought about Who’s Line in so long. What a great show.
You’re speaking my language! I’m all about balance and moderation and try to share that on my blog as well 🙂 Good luck with the potty training! I don’t have an excuse like that to make these, but I’m not going to try to come up with one because they just look so good!
Anything and everything in moderation girl! A bakery style cookie is a really nice reward when you’re doing something crazy in life…like potty training!! These sound wonderful!
That salted icing on top looks amazing!!!
Your cookies are always such a homerun! I will, without a doubt, be making these ASAP.
Best of luck with the potty training! These cookies sound like a great reward for both you and Hal for enduring this time. They look delicious.
I’ve never had a Swig Cookie before – gonna have to give these a try!!
These are gorgeous!! I’m right there with you on the eating philosophy. I’ll always need my pizza, cookies and margaritas, but I do my best to balance it out with a LOT of healthy food and quite a bit of exercise (which I thankfully love doing). But oh man, testing baked goods for the blog can certainly make it feel like your jeans shrank in the dryer …. and then you know it’s time to test salad recipes. Oh – and I also loved Whose Line back when they used to play it every night at 11pm. That was part of my summer night schedule before bed. 😉 Good luck to Hal and her potty training!!
This cookies look fabulous! I ALWAYS want to make big, bakery-style cookies, but somehow I end up making tiny cookies. I always scoop small (like 20 grams, which is less than an ounce of dough). Funny, eh?
Anyways, the struggle to find balance is real. I’m usually pretty good about eating well with a side of sweets, and I exercise 6 hours a week and walk a lot. Unfortunately lately, I’ve developed a nasty habit of binging between 9pm and midnight. Ugh. So… 6 (or maybe it’s 8) pounds later, I’ve got to make a change. I’m blaming Netflix. It’s so easy to just plop in front of the tv and eat mindlessly while watching hours of television. I should really just brush my teeth and read a book at that hour. Sigh.