Friday, September 27, 2013

Bake a Difference for Pediatric Cancer: Mega Chocolate Reese's Cookies

Anytime that blogging can be used for a good cause, I'm all in.  September happens to be Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and the folks at OXO are gearing up for their annual program benefiting Cookies for Kids' Cancer.

Cookies for Kids' Cancer is a wonderful program which makes it possible to easily get involved in fundraising to find a cure for pediatric cancer.  It's a program that I've thought about getting involved with for quite some time now, so I was thrilled to have the opportunity to participate with my blog.

You see, OXO will donate $100.00 to the organization for each blog post dedicated to this campaign in September!  Also, be on the lookout for OXO products with the following sticker attached: 

OXO sent a variety of cookie tools to help with all the cookie baking!

For every stickered item sold, OXO will donate $0.25 in support of pediatric cancer research, as part of its $100,000.00 pledge!

For my cookie post, I chose a recipe meant for all the serious chocoholics out there.  These cookies are filled with so much chocolate, that I couldn't believe it.  Have you ever made cookies that required 2 cups of melted chocolate right in the batter...Plus MORE chocolate chunks and cocoa powder?!?  It was a first for me.  On top of all that chocolate wonderfulness, a cup of Reese's Pieces was added to the mix.

Oh, dear.

If you love brownies like I do, then these cookies will be your new favorite.  The texture and taste reminded me so much of a chewy brownie...In the best possible way.  They were almost even better the following day, when completely cooled.  This made the Reese's Pieces stand out even more.  Just be sure and have a tall glass of milk nearby...It will be the perfect accompaniment! 

Bon Appetit, my friends!

P.S. - Learn how to host a Cookies for Kids' Cancer fundraiser HERE!

Mega Chocolate Reese's Cookies
Adapted from:  A Pumpkin & A Princess

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
4 eggs
2 tsp Vanilla Extract
10 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 cups semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chunks
1 cup mini peanut butter pieces

Melt 2 cups of semisweet chocolate over a double boiler or in microwave, set aside to cool.

In a large bowl whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt; set aside.

In a separate bowl whisk eggs and vanilla extract.

Beat butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar in a stand mixer or with hand mixer for 4-6 minutes.  Beat in egg mixture for 30 seconds. Slowly add melted chocolate and beat until well incorporated.
Reduce mixer speed to lowest setting and slowly add flour mixture.

Stir in chocolate chunks and peanut butter pieces. Cover with plastic wrap and allow dough to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. This will help the dough thicken to a fudge-like consistency.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Scoop dough with cookie scoop and drop 2 inches apart on parchment lined baking sheet. Lightly press down on the cookies.

Bake for 10-12 minutes, allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 10 minutes then transfer to wire rack.

Serve warm or allow to cool completely then store in airtight container. 

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