Tartine Bakery Deluxe Double Chocolate Cookies

This is the third week of 12 weeks of Christmas Cookies and I have another fabulous chocolate cookie recipe for you. Last weekend I had the opportunity to attend BlogHerFood in San Francisco and one of the wonderful things about the conference was all the fabulous sponsors who gave away their products for us to take home and sample. Scharffen Berger, “America’s Finest Chocolate”, was one of those sponsors and they generously sent us home with bars of their delectable chocolate, so I couldn’t resist baking something with chocolate again this week.

I turned to the Scharffen Berger website for a great recipe and was excited to find a cookie recipe from Tartine Bakery. The day before the conference Megan, Megan’s Cookin’, and I explored San Francisco and stopped by Tartine Bakery for lunch and sinfully delicious baked goods.

I did make a mistake when I made the recipe. It calls for 1/3 cup of whole milk to be added before the flour, and I forgot to add it. But maybe it was fortuitous mistake because I loved the cookie without the milk. It has a deep, rich chocolate flavor and reminds me of a fudgy, decadent brownie.

In a recent post Tanvi, Sinfully Spicy, left me a sweet comment and asked me how I get my cookies the perfect size and thickness, so I thought I’d share my secret. I always use a scoop to place my cookie dough on my cookie sheets. Not only is it much faster and easier, it also makes it easy to make cookies the same size and shape. I used a small scoop for this recipe because it calls for only one tablespoon of dough.

Tartine Bakery Deluxe Double Chocolate Cookies

Yield: 4 dozen cookies

Tartine Bakery Deluxe Double Chocolate Cookies


  • 8 ounces SCHARFFEN BERGER 70% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate
  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons SCHARFFEN BERGER Natural Cocoa Powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder*
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup whole milk (I omitted)


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

Melt the chocolate in the top of a double boiler or in a stainless steel bowl set over simmering water. Be sure that the water does not touch the bottom of the bowl. When the chocolate is melted, remove from the heat.

Stir together the flour, cocoa powder, and baking powder. Set aside. Using a standard mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium-high speed until creamy. Slowly add the sugar and mix until the mixture is completely smooth and soft. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Scrape the sides of the bowl as needed. Beat in the salt and the vanilla, and then add the melted chocolate and beat on low speed until incorporated. Add the milk and beat until combined. Finally, add the flour mixture and beat on low speed until incorporated.

Drop the dough by heaping tablespoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing them about 1 inch apart. Bake the cookies until they are just barely firm on top when lightly touched but are still very soft underneath, about 7 minutes. They will get firmer as they cool. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack and let cool. They will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for several days.

*I only used 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder to adapt for high altitude baking.


There have been lots of great recaps written about BlogHerFood. I love Heather’s, Multiply Delicious, video and top 10 list, and Kristen’s, Dine and Dish, reflection on why we blog, so I wanted to share a few of my highlights from the conference.

  • Exploring San Francisco with Megan, Megan’s Cookin’, the day before the conference. Megan was my roommate and people just aren’t any sweeter than her.
  • The limo ride to the Soirée with 12 other fabulous bloggers, including Chris, MeleCotte, who is so fun and had us laughing the whole way.
  • The Food Styling session taught by stylists Delores CusterAdam Pearson, and Tami Hardeman. Chefdruk did a great post on tips she learned at this session. I also loved the food photography and SEO sessions.
  • Meeting Jane, This Week for Dinner – Jane’s was the first blog I ever read and she inspired me to start blogging. She’s so sweet and even emailed me when we got home from the conference.
  • Meeting Marla, Family Fresh Cooking – Marla came over to me at the closing party at the California Culinary Academy, introduced herself and said she was so glad that she got a chance to meet me. I had sort of been feeling lost in the crowd and she made me feel like meeting me was something special.
  • There are too many other fabulous bloggers I met or chatted with to mention by name, but hanging out with other great food bloggers truly was the highlight of the conference. (Of course, winning an iPad from Gourmet Live was pretty awesome too.) Thanks everyone!

This post is part of a 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies blog hog. Be sure and check out all of the fabulous cookies the other 12 weeks of Christmas Cookies bakers baked up this week


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  1. says

    Barbara, the decadent brownie recipe has got me all excited about this recipe. Must try. Will leave milk out as well. Mine will be an all varonha experience as I have both bar and powder in my cupboard.

  2. says

    Your cookies look downright delicious, and so deeply chocolate! YUM!
    What a fun time you had in San Francisco! (I have yet to meet any bloggy friend, but I am going to sign up for Blogher 2011 TODAY!) You winning an ipad is “The icing on the cake!”

  3. says

    LOL – I think I’d want to eat the dough before it baked, so I am not sure how many cookies I’d end up with. These look absolutely delicious.

  4. says

    Another fabulous cookie Barbara! I bet that chocolate is amazing. Sounds like a wonderful event you attended and to win an Ipad. Wow! And I love the scoop idea. I’ve been wanting to pick one of those up. Really need to do so soon with all these cookies I’m baking.

  5. says

    Barbara, such a lovely recap and gorgeous cookies! I’m so glad we had the chance to meet, and that limo ride! So much fun :). Congratulations on winning the iPad.

  6. says

    Barbara, this is MY cookie and I think, I will omit the milk, purposely. I wanted to make cookies, for my grandchildren. This sounds like it will work, beautifully. Thanks and nice contribution.

  7. Cristie says

    Sounds like your trip was just wonderful! I’ll have to spend sometime checking out the bloggers you mentioned, so happy you put their links in. Lucky you to win so big!! The chocolate cookies via the gifted chocolate sound truely wonderful.

  8. says

    Ohhhh, your making me look so good with all your wonderful Christmas Biscuits (cookies) for everyone presents this year. Double chocolate huh.., better make sure the cookie police are around when I make these little darlin’s

  9. says

    Those look soooo fantastic! I love double chocolate cookies and it looks like I could eat the whole batch. I just started blogging and happened to find the 12 weeks of cookies to join in on. I’m so glad I did, it’s been so much fun! The trip sounds wonderful! I’m hoping to make it to a conference next year, I would love to meet you! :)

  10. says

    The conference sounds like a wonderful time and I can imagine it felt great to be amongst people who share the same passion. Sounds like you walked away with lots of fun goodies to use in the kitchen. These deluxe double chocolate cookies sound like the perfect chocolate fix and after months of dieting, I could really go for one.

  11. says

    Oh, you are one lucky girl, you are! I wish I could have gone! And congrats on winning an ipad! Wow! And I have to say fudgy chocolatey cookies are the best!

  12. says

    Now I want to go back and eat these cookies on a cable car ride! After another sandwich from Tartines that is. It was such fun and I hope we can do it again next year. I’m so glad it was you that won the IPad. How exciting! And I see your vanilla survived the trip too! :)

  13. says

    All of those links to the cookies are making me hungry! Yours look wonderful & thanks for sharing your technique with the scoop. It is so handy to use & guarantee more successful cooking times.
    I am so happy we connect at the Culinary Institute – thankfully we caught each other just in time. I am sure we will be at more fun events together & I look forward to getting to know you better as time goes on :) xo

  14. says

    I so loved meeting you and Megan. It was such a crazy weekend…wish we could have spent more time together!!
    And you won an iPad? Don’t you love it?? I just got one last week from my husband for my birthday and I seriously adore it. We’ll have to exchange tips for apps that we like.
    If you haven’t already, try BlogShelf. It is the nicest blog reader…love it!

    Hope to see you again soon, Barbara!

    • says

      Thanks! I wish we’d had more time to chat too. I’d love to exchange tips. They are shipping the iPad to me, so I haven’t got it in my hands yet. I’ll definitely checkout BlogShelf.

  15. says

    That conference sounds like so much fun. Lucky you to be able to snag some of that delicious chocolate and make it into such rich looking cookies. These would certainly be welcome on my cookie platter.

  16. says

    Barbara these look great! Is that bittersweet chocolate basically dark chocolate? I don’t recognize the SCHARFFEN BERGER brand and might have to substitute something similar.

    • says

      I think it tasted closer to semi-sweet chocolate than most dark chocolates I’ve tasted. And I tasted quite a bit of it when I licked the bowl clean.

  17. says

    Hi Barbara! Love your recap! It was amazing weekend and it seemed to go by way too fast! I’m so sorry we didn’t get a chance to meet. Hopefully we will get another chance :)
    I love this cookie recipe too….yummy!
    Have a wonderful weekend!