minneapolis blackout cookies

bittersweet chocolate cookies with caramelized white chocolate. intensely fudgy dark chocolate cookies made with black cocoa powder, filled with caramelized white chocolate chunks & bittersweet chocolate chunks & finished with flaky sea salt. these bittersweet chocolate cookies are dramatic, rich & decadent! bittersweet chocolate cookies with caramelized white chocolate. intensely fudgy dark chocolate cookies made with black cocoa powder, filled with caramelized white chocolate chunks & bittersweet chocolate chunks & finished with flaky sea salt. these bittersweet chocolate cookies are dramatic, rich & decadent! #playswellwithbutter #cookierecipe #chocolatecookie #doublechocolatecookie #fudgychocolatecookie #blackcocoapowderrecipes #caramelizedwhitechocolate

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minneapolis blackout cookies {salted bittersweet chocolate cookies with caramelized white chocolate}bittersweet chocolate cookies with caramelized white chocolate. intensely fudgy dark chocolate cookies made with black cocoa powder, filled with caramelized white chocolate chunks & bittersweet chocolate chunks & finished with flaky sea salt. these bittersweet chocolate cookies are dramatic, rich & decadent! #playswellwithbutter #cookierecipe #chocolatecookie #doublechocolatecookie #fudgychocolatecookie #blackcocoapowderrecipes #caramelizedwhitechocolate

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if there’s one dessert i cannot resist when i’m out at a cafe or coffee shop, it’s a gorgeous cookie. i am such a sucker for cookies, & i will always order one to dunk in my coffee during a coffee date or a little work sesh.

these minneapolis blackout cookies are a combination of 2 of my current favorite cookies in minneapolis: the bittersweet chocolate cookies from rustica & the zephyr chocolate rye cookies from penny’s.

if you’ve never been, rustica’s bittersweet chocolate cookies are the ultimate chocolate cookie: intensely chocolatey, with the best fudgy texture. penny’s zephyr chocolate cookies are perfectly crisp around the edges, & they’re filled with caramelized white chocolate chips. (insert all the heart eyes here, right?!)

minneapolis blackout cookies are a little bit of both: bittersweet chocolate cookies that are chewy & fudgy in the center, crisp around the edges, & filled with both bittersweet chocolate & caramelized white chocolate.

aka…the ultimate cookie. bittersweet chocolate cookies with caramelized white chocolate. intensely fudgy dark chocolate cookies made with black cocoa powder, filled with caramelized white chocolate chunks & bittersweet chocolate chunks & finished with flaky sea salt. these bittersweet chocolate cookies are dramatic, rich & decadent! #playswellwithbutter #cookierecipe #chocolatecookie #doublechocolatecookie #fudgychocolatecookie #blackcocoapowderrecipes #caramelizedwhitechocolate

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the chocolatiness of these bittersweet chocolate cookies is what really takes them over the top. they’re made with three kinds of chocolate: black cocoa, bittersweet chocolate chunks & giant pieces of white chocolate that have been slowly caramelized. bittersweet chocolate cookies with caramelized white chocolate. intensely fudgy dark chocolate cookies made with black cocoa powder, filled with caramelized white chocolate chunks & bittersweet chocolate chunks & finished with flaky sea salt. these bittersweet chocolate cookies are dramatic, rich & decadent! #playswellwithbutter #cookierecipe #chocolatecookie #doublechocolatecookie #fudgychocolatecookie #blackcocoapowderrecipes #caramelizedwhitechocolate

if you’ve never used it before, black cocoa powder is such a fun ingredient to bake with! black cocoa is basically ultra dutch cocoa powder, meaning it is less acidic than a standard cocoa powder & has more pronounced chocolatey bitterness.  

plus, it’s got the most dramatic dark color that’s so fun to play around with, especially in these bittersweet chocolate cookies.

i find my black cocoa at a co-op near my parents house, but it’s pretty easy to find online – i have some suggestions below in the recipe notes!bittersweet chocolate cookies with caramelized white chocolate. intensely fudgy dark chocolate cookies made with black cocoa powder, filled with caramelized white chocolate chunks & bittersweet chocolate chunks & finished with flaky sea salt. these bittersweet chocolate cookies are dramatic, rich & decadent! #playswellwithbutter #cookierecipe #chocolatecookie #doublechocolatecookie #fudgychocolatecookie #blackcocoapowderrecipes #caramelizedwhitechocolate

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the other thing that makes these bittersweet chocolate cookies so special? the giant pieces of caramelized white chocolate folded throughout them.

caramelizing white chocolate is a really fun way to take white chocolate to the next level. i’m totally not normally a white chocolate person. while some people (ahem, chris), love its sweetness, i typically find white chocolate to be too sweet – cloyingly sweet. but when you caramelize white chocolate? holy whoa. all of that sweetness transforms into a rich & deep caramelly flavor that’ll make even the darkest chocolate lover swoon. (promise.)

caramelizing white chocolate is it’s super easy. i learned all about it from this post: you basically just pop some good white chocolate on a baking sheet & cook it ever so slightly in low heat for about 45 minutes. but! it can be a little finicky. the white chocolate needs to melt slowly to ensure it doesn’t seize up or caramelize unevenly, so you just want to take your time while you do it.bittersweet chocolate cookies with caramelized white chocolate. intensely fudgy dark chocolate cookies made with black cocoa powder, filled with caramelized white chocolate chunks & bittersweet chocolate chunks & finished with flaky sea salt. these bittersweet chocolate cookies are dramatic, rich & decadent! #playswellwithbutter #cookierecipe #chocolatecookie #doublechocolatecookie #fudgychocolatecookie #blackcocoapowderrecipes #caramelizedwhitechocolate

bittersweet chocolate cookies with caramelized white chocolate. intensely fudgy dark chocolate cookies made with black cocoa powder, filled with caramelized white chocolate chunks & bittersweet chocolate chunks & finished with flaky sea salt. these bittersweet chocolate cookies are dramatic, rich & decadent! #playswellwithbutter #cookierecipe #chocolatecookie #doublechocolatecookie #fudgychocolatecookie #blackcocoapowderrecipes #caramelizedwhitechocolate

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with that in mind, these bittersweet chocolate cookies are admittedly the most high maintenance thing i’ll ever ask you to make – but that is not to say that they’re hard to make…at all!

between caramelizing the white chocolate & letting the dough chill enough to yield the perfect texture for these cookies, making bittersweet chocolate cookies just takes a little bit of time.bittersweet chocolate cookies with caramelized white chocolate. intensely fudgy dark chocolate cookies made with black cocoa powder, filled with caramelized white chocolate chunks & bittersweet chocolate chunks & finished with flaky sea salt. these bittersweet chocolate cookies are dramatic, rich & decadent! #playswellwithbutter #cookierecipe #chocolatecookie #doublechocolatecookie #fudgychocolatecookie #blackcocoapowderrecipes #caramelizedwhitechocolate

but if you have a little bit of time in your holiday baking schedule, these bittersweet chocolate cookies are the cookies to make. they’re dramatic, decadent, & feel so special thanks to the combination of bittersweet chocolate & caramelized white chocolate. bittersweet chocolate cookies with caramelized white chocolate. intensely fudgy dark chocolate cookies made with black cocoa powder, filled with caramelized white chocolate chunks & bittersweet chocolate chunks & finished with flaky sea salt. these bittersweet chocolate cookies are dramatic, rich & decadent! #playswellwithbutter #cookierecipe #chocolatecookie #doublechocolatecookie #fudgychocolatecookie #blackcocoapowderrecipes #caramelizedwhitechocolate

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bittersweet chocolate cookies with caramelized white chocolate. intensely fudgy dark chocolate cookies made with black cocoa powder, filled with caramelized white chocolate chunks & bittersweet chocolate chunks & finished with flaky sea salt. these bittersweet chocolate cookies are dramatic, rich & decadent! #playswellwithbutter #cookierecipe #chocolatecookie #doublechocolatecookie #fudgychocolatecookie #blackcocoapowderrecipes #caramelizedwhitechocolate

minneapolis blackout cookies {salted bittersweet chocolate cookies with caramelized white chocolate}


  • Author: jess larson | plays well with butter
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour (includes inactive time)
  • Total Time: 2 hours (includes inactive time)
  • Yield: 24 cookies
  • Category: cookies, dessert
  • Method: baking

Description

bittersweet chocolate cookies with caramelized white chocolate. intensely fudgy dark chocolate cookies made with black cocoa powder, filled with caramelized white chocolate chunks & bittersweet chocolate chunks & finished with flaky sea salt. these bittersweet chocolate cookies are dramatic, rich & decadent!


Ingredients

  • 4 ounces white chocolate, roughly chopped (see Recipe Notes)
  • 1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
  • ¾ cup black cocoa (see Recipe Notes)
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 12 tablespoons (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips or chunks
  • optional: flaky sea salt, for sprinkling

Instructions

  1. Caramelize the white chocolate: Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Place the chopped white chocolate on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Place the chocolate in the oven and heat in 5 minute intervals, using an offset spatula to mix and re-spread the chocolate between each interval. The chocolate will go from white and smooth, to caramelly and grainy, to caramelly and smooth. After about 45 minutes, the chocolate will be caramelized and totally smooth. Remove from the oven and place in the refrigerator to chill. Once chilled and set, chop into pieces and set aside. For more step-by-step photos, check out this post, which I used a reference for caramelizing my chocolate!
  2. Mix the dry ingredients: In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and Kosher salt. Whisk to combine well and set aside.
  3. Make the cookie batter: Add the butter and sugars to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. If you do not have a stand mixer, you can also use a hand mixer. Cream the butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Add in the eggs and vanilla and mix to combine. Add in the dry ingredients and mix to combine, taking care not to overmix the cookie dough. Fold in the caramelized white chocolate chunks and the bittersweet chocolate chunks. Remove the cookie dough from the bowl, wrap it in plastic, and transfer to the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, or up to 24 hours – this helps in getting a nice, chewy cookie!
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  5. Roll out the cookies: Use a cookie scoop to roll the cookie dough into 2-inch balls. Place on the prepared baking sheets, leaving 2 inches between each cookie. Press the cookies down slightly, and sprinkle with flaky sea salt.
  6. Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes, just until the cookies begin to crisp around the edges. The cookies will look underbaked, but they’ll continue to cook as they cool to yield the perfect chewy texture! Allow to cool on the baking sheet before transferring to an airtight container. Store at room temperature for up to 5 days. Enjoy!

Notes

  • White chocolate: It’s important to use high-quality white chocolate when you caramelize white chocolate! The chocolate should list “white chocolate” as the first ingredient on its ingredient label. My favorite brand is Gihrardelli. Chop it into large, even pieces so they melt and caramelize slowly and evenly. I learned about and referenced caramelizing white chocolate in this post!
  • Black cocoa: I find black cocoa at a co-op near my parents house, but it’s pretty easy to find online. King Arthur sells a very reputable black cocoa, and this one from Amazon is very well-reviewed.  

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