Dark Chocolate and Red Wine Cookies

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When it’s winter time and the holidays have passed, I want to bake. After we go through a snow storm, followed by an ice storm, followed by a wind storm… I want to bake the shit out of everything I see and drink heavily while I do it. I decided to combine the two events into one happy afternoon.  Cause who wouldn’t be happy eating cookies and drinking wine?  And who wouldn’t be ECSTATIC eating cookie baked with wine?!

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Now, I feel obligated to let everyone know that I used boxed wine in these cookies. Don’t judge! We were inspired to try a box after learning that boxed wines and barrel wines are actually more sustainable and are coming up in quality in the US.  Fine… Bryan (husband) could give a crap less about it being sustainable, but I care and was totally shocked to find a Malbec in a box. That dark intense wine is right up my alley and seemed oh so right for a cookie. Next time, I think I will try an even heavier dark to see if the wine comes through just a little more.

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The batch made a lot and Bryan ate about 5 before I was even done baking (even though he said they looked like turds), so I had to evenly distribute them to our neighbors. I just hope they don’t all start to think that I am trying to make them fat, but we cannot continue eating all of this ourselves, unless we want to end up on the Biggest Loser. My plate of cookies was consumed with a large glass of wine.  Now, the thought of dunking a cookie IN my wine did cross my mind, but I refrained merely to avoid crumbs in my wine. Certified boxed wine snob.

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Dark Chocolate Red Wine Cookies
Adapted from Simply Scratch

1.5 cups all purpose flour
.75 cups dark cocoa powder
1tsp Kosher salt
1tsp baking soda
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
.75 cups sugar
.75 cups dark brown sugar, packed
1 egg
.75tsp vanilla
.5 cups red wine
10 oz, dark chocolate chips

In a medium bowl combine, the flour, cocoa, salt and baking soda. Stir and set aside.

In a large bowl cream together the sugars and butter until light and fluffy. Add the egg, vanilla, and wine. Once combined, gradually add in the dry ingredients and mix well after each addition. Fold in chocolate chips and spoon out a rounded tablespoon onto a prepared baking pan, leaving two inches or so in between.

Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 8-10 minutes. Let cool slightly before transferring to a wire cooling rack.

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