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Chocolate and Red Wine Cookies

Oh yeah, you read that right.

Chocolate.

Red wine.

Cookies.

Additional red wine optional.

Sometimes I feel like it’s important to splurge and have a delicious and sugary, buttery, chocolatey treat to bring up my spirits a bit.  And I learned that it’s an excellent idea to immediately freeze half the cookies right away, for easy defrosting when an emergency red wine chocolate cookie is needed.

Because sometimes you need a cookie STAT.  PRONTO.

You also may need to hide baked goods from your husband on occasion, because he already ate almost all the peanut butter banana muffins you made yesterday, and he wolfed down six cookies (and possibly more) since they were removed from the oven.

The “you” in this instance may or may not be me.  The “he”, however, is definitely Fritz.

Chocolate and Red Wine Cookies (recipe adapted slightly from keepitsimplefoods.com)

  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 3/4 C brown sugar
  • 3/4 C sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1/2 C red wine (I used a cinnamon-y red table wine “glogg”–perfect match for chocolate)
  • 1 1/2 C flour
  • 3/4 C unsweetened Dutch cocoa powder
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1/2 C semi-sweet chocolate chips (mine happened to be mini)

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat.

Cream the butter and sugars together in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy, then mix in the egg, vanilla, and red wine.  You might find it necessary to taste the red wine first–I sure did.

If you are a careful and conscientious baker, combine the remaining dry ingredients (flour, salt, cocoa powder, and baking soda) in a small bowl, the sift into the wet ingredients.  I’m not ashamed to admit that I just dumped the dry ingredients right in (though I do try to mix the baking soda into the flour as I mix it into the wet ingredients–there’s nothing worse than getting a mouthful of unmixed baking soda in a delicious cookie).

Less careful mixing=cookies in my mouth faster.

Remember? I said cookies, pronto!

Side note: when I was out grocery shopping today, I remembered that I was almost out of cocoa powder, so I grabbed another tin.  Once I got home, I realized that this is the THIRD time I “remembered” that we were out of cocoa powder and we actually have three (unopened) containers.

I am losing my mind.

Mix the dough until just combined, then add the chocolate chips.

Scoop small spoonfuls (I use a tablespoon to make small cookies) onto the baking sheets.  Leave a bit of room for them to spread, but don’t go too crazy.  I ended up needing to use two and a half sheets.

Bake for 8 minutes, then remove and let the cookies cool right on the cookie sheets for a few minutes.

IMPORTANT: cookies almost always look underbaked when they are removed from the oven.  This is okay–they will continue to cook and firm up as they cool.

I was really surprised at how much you could taste the red wine.  It’s not overwhelming, but it was definitely identifiable and added a nice tangy flavor.  Pretty gosh darn good in the raw dough, too.

(I don’t suggest eating raw cookie dough with eggs in it. Do what I say and not what I do).

And of course, these were delicious served with milk (Fritz’s choice) or a small glass of wine (um…do I really need to say?).

I was working on my last project for school today, and recruited Fritz to take some pictures of me doing some simple yoga poses to include in the presentation.  Here’s how some of them came out (and this is before I ate 16 cookies):

And of course, no activity would be complete without Henry horning his way in.

This cat was born to do yoga.

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  1. myfudo

    Love that this recipe is very handy…Will be there when you need it, no questions asked. This is gonna be a new best friend. Thanks for sharing. Adorable little yoga buddy you have there…;)

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      Anything with chocolate and wine can be my best friend! :)

  2. Nuts about food

    He he, you crack me up. Have a good start of the week!

  3. Jenny

    Incredible idea! I’m so intrigued, two of my favourite things (chocolate and wine) brought together in cookie form!

  4. Quee

    Henry is too funny…and I can’t wait to get my hands on some of those cookies. Holy cow. It’s almost too good to be true.

    Love you !

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      If they make it that long, I’ll defrost some when you come for graduation!

  5. Jenny @ BAKE

    That cat is sooo cute! Those cookies look delicious,I hope you’ve found a good hiding place!

  6. Holly

    I regret reading this post while at work because I feel like I need these cookies NOW but I have to wait in agony for another 8 hours! Ugh!

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      Hope you made it!

  7. Charlene Austin

    Oh my god…..the cat yoga cracked me up!

  8. Dawn

    I’m a grad student and I took these cookies to one of my 3 hour long classes (with a new professor who happens to be in charge of our entire department) and she still asks when I’m bringing cookies again! This is a definite win! Nothing like wine cookies to help a bunch of archaeologists survive a seminar class! I can’t wait to try more of your recipes.

    1. Dawn

      p.s. my cat also does cat yoga, especially when I pull out my yoga mat…and sometimes while I’m on the mat trying to do my own yoga. I love that you include pictures of your cat!

    2. Lauren Zietsman

      Hope you do “dig up” some other recipes to try…hehhehhehh…

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