Everybody loves a cookie, right? No one more than me. Seriously. If I had to choose one dessert to have for the rest of my life, cookies would be it. Not sure what it is but cookies always make me happy. They are my comfort
food dessert. I spend a lot of my time creating and perfecting cookie recipes, like this one and this one and my mind is constantly consumed with different cookie combinations and flavor ideas. What can I say? I’m a bit of a cookie monster. Lucky for you, eh?
Baking has always been the thing that relaxes me so even when my life is complete chaos (most of the time), I have been known to whip up something sweet as a means of calming myself down. You are talking about a girl who once made Creme Brulee at 11:30pm because inspiration hit after watching Julia Child make some on TV. Nuts. I know! But my family is always grateful when my stress reliever produces something yummy. This was the case yesterday. I had no intention of baking anything and my day had already been a flurry of insanity and craziness, so I wasn’t really in any place to start a baking project. But, I had this idea in my head for days to make a chewy chocolate chip cookie with figs in it and I just couldn’t let it go. The idea came from these candies I was obsessed with a few years ago—Figamajigs. They are these delicious chocolate covered fig candies—think Raisinettes only ten times more delicious! Anyway, I wanted to translate that flavor combo into a chewy chocolate chip cookie so I took one of my tried and true double chocolate chip cookie recipes, upped the cocoa powder a bit and threw in some chopped figs. The batch came together super fast and I barely had time to take a pic because I was in such a rush to get to a birthday party. Right before I left, I took a quick bite of one of the still-warm cookies and oh my goodness!!!! I was in heaven. The inside of each cookie is soft and rich, almost like a flour less chocolate cake. They are rich and sophisticated (are we talking men or cookies, here?) and not too sweet—the perfect balance of flavor and texture. And the chopped figs added a great chew and depth of flavor that really made this cookie a show stopper. I have to admit, these might be my favorite cookie recipe. Ever. And that’s saying a lot given my cookie addiction. Give ’em a try and let me know what you think. This recipe is super versatile so, if you don’t have any figs, toss in some raisins, dried cherries or even nuts.
Double Chocolate Chip Fig Cookies
Makes approx. 20 cookies
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups semi sweet chocolcate chips
1 cup dried figs, coarsely chopped
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment or a silpat liner.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
3. Using a mixer on high speed, beat together butter, sugar and vanilla extract until light and creamy, about 3 minutes. Scape down the sides of the bowl beat in eggs. Switch the mixer to the low setting and gradually add in flour mixture until just combined. Remove bowl from mixer and stir in chocolate chips and dried figs by hand. Drop cookie dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto prepared cookie sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes (for soft and chewy) or 12-14 minutes (for slightly firmer). Cool on in baking sheet for 1-2 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.