Black & White Twisted Chocolate Chip Cookies

This cookie has the best of both worlds - a chewy, brown sugar cookie studded with semisweet chocolate chips, AND a fudgy brownie cookie accented by creamy white chocolate. This makes the perfect treat for a half-birthday, or a particularly indecisive Monday - whatever fits your needs!

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Disclaimer: I made these cookies wayyyyy back in March, for my half birthday. Yes, for myself.

People ask me all the time whether I bake my own birthday treats. When I tell them I do, they seem aghast. "But, Jesse! It's your special day! You shouldn't have to do any of the work - your only job should be to dance on a table and drink a full bottle of tequila and then go home with Liam Hemsworth!!!"

And while all of that sounds really, truly marvelous (be mine, Liam), I love to bake! To deprive me of this joy would be the cruelest thing you could do to me on my birthday. Even worse than making me pay for my own margaritas. Either way, you're going down a dark path.

Thus, each year on my birthday, you'll find me in the kitchen, whisking away with a giant smile on my face and probably some Ella Fitzgerald on my Spotify. Because I turn into an 80-year-old woman when I bake. No shame.

Half-birthdays are kind of a ridiculous concept, but it was a reason to bake these ridiculously awesome cookies, so go with it. My coworkers sure didn't complain when I showed up to the office with these babies - and I'm pretty sure the verdict was that you have to make them. You HAVE to. The end.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

The end... again.

You also probably don't want to eat them all in one sitting. That would likely be a bad idea. Not that I'm speaking from experience. Or anything.

FINE, FINE. I'LL LEAVE.

Black & White Twisted Chocolate Chip Cookies

First, you'll prepare the chocolate chip cookies so that the dough has time to chill out (it gets really tense, you'll understand; it's hard to be a cookie sometimes).

To make the chocolate chip cookie dough, you'll need:
- 7 T unsalted butter, softened (1 stick minus 1 T)
- 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 t vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 t baking soda
- Pinch salt
- 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips

This dough comes together much like your standard chocolate chip cookie! In a medium bowl*, whisk together your dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, and salt). Set this aside. In a large bowl, cream your softened butter with your brown and granulated sugars until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and continue to cream until the mixture is uniform.

Add your dry mix to the butter mixture, and stir just until no streaks of flour remain. Finally, fold the chocolate chips into the mixture. Cover this dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about an hour, while you whip together the brownie cookies!

*For the sake of this recipe, I hope you have a crap ton (scientific term) of mixing bowls.

To make the brownie cookie dough, you will need:
-  6 T unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
- 1 t vanilla extract
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 T cocoa powder
- 1/2 t baking soda
- Pinch salt
- 3/4 cup white chocolate chips

First, you'll heat the butter and semisweet chocolate in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly until melted and well-combined. Set this aside to cool for a few minutes.

While the butter mixture cools, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium sized bowl. Set aside.

Back to the butter mixture! Add in the brown and granulated sugars and the vanilla extract, stirring vigorously. Once this is well-combined, add the egg and egg yolk. Stir in the flour mixture just until incorporated, then fold in the white chocolate chips.

Now, it's time to put it all together! Preheat the oven to 350F and line two baking sheets with Silpat or parchment paper.

To form the cookies, you'll take a scoop of each dough (about 2T each) and pinch them together, making the dough balls as round as possible without compromising the integrity of the separate doughs. Place the dough balls a few inches apart on the baking sheets - they will spread! - and bake for 10-12 minutes. When they're done, the chocolate chip cookie portion should be golden brown around the edges. Remove from the oven and let cool 10 minutes before digging in!

What a beautiful, delicious combination! Glad to know brownies and cookies can coexist in harmony :)

Now, my actual birthday is only a month away - what should I make for this one? A nice Drake on Cake, perhaps? I'm open to suggestions!

XOXO,
Jess