Crunchy, chewy, intensely chocolaty. All words that describe these cookies perfectly. They are simple, elegant and perfectly semi-sweet with a consistency somewhat like a brownie and the flavor of Dutch chocolate cake. All that is well and good, but there’s a story in these simple little cookies and it starts with the following words.
They never should have existed.
These perfect little bites were the result of a failed experiment. What originally was supposed to be the outside of a whoopie pie got a bit overcooked on the first round. They ended up far too crisp for their original intent. Fortunately they were perfect for snacking. From a simple assembly of a box of cake mix thrown together with some butter and an egg, something wonderful was born.
This recipe is the perfect example of how a kitchen disaster can turn out to be an epiphany. Even though the end product was completely unsuited for its intended purpose, we discovered a new family favorite. The recipe is simple, quick and painless to make. Cleanup is minimal and the results are great. So really, it wasn’t a failure at all.
The point? Always sample your failures. Even if they completely fail, take what you learned on to the next round. Who knows; maybe, just maybe, your next “failure” will be a raging success.
- 1 (18.5 ounce) package chocolate cake mix
- 8 Tbsp (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
- 1 large egg
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat on low for 2-3 minutes, or until combined into a thick dough.
- Form the dough into 1-inch balls and place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets.
- Place on center rack in preheated oven and bake for 15 minutes, or until cracks form in the surface of each cookie.
- Remove from the oven and cool for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire cooling racks until completely cooled, about 30 minutes.
- Share and enjoy!
What I would have done differently had I thought of it at the time:
Well… Since these were a complete accident, I suppose I would have cooked them a few minutes less. Considering how well they turned out though, perhaps some chocolate chips next time?
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