My hubby LOVES dark chocolate, not only because it is quite decadent, but it is also healthier!
Have you heard of flavanols? It is a substance found in dark chocolate that help lower blood pressure (for real) and vascular function, improves cognitive function (I can always use some of that), and even provides UV protection for our skin! Dark chocolate has HIGHER flavanols than milk chocolate.
A higher percentage of cacao (cocoa) means a higher amount of flavanols.
Miss Ester made these Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies from a recipe she found in a book. We all agreed that this recipe tastes better than the Toll house recipe!
1 stick butter, softened
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups flour
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
2. In a mixing bowl, thoroughly mix the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until creamy. Stir in eggs and vanilla until well incorporated. Add the baking soda, salt, and flour, and mix.
3. Form dough balls into the size of 2 tbsp and put on a baking sheet about 3" apart.
4. Bake for 13 minutes or until the edges are golden and the middles are just barely set. Remove from the sheet, and cool on a wire rack.
Yields 18 cookies
*We double this recipe for the size of our family.
~ Patty ~