Chocolate Chip Week: Wedding Chocolate Drops


The day before Peter and I married (May 24, 2008, in case you were wondering), I stood in our little apartment kitchen, struggling with warped cookie sheets and chocolate that just. wouldn’t. melt. I was determined to share my favorite cookies with our wedding guests, some of whom were traveling hundreds or thousands of miles to see us. I’m not sure what put the idea into my head. Wedding fever? Low blood sugar? In any case, it was around the time I threw out the third burned batch that I realized perhaps this wasn’t a good idea.

Definitely not the cool, confident bride, let me tell you.

Yet somehow the stars aligned, protons and antiprotons combined in an energy-yielding collision, and I baked dozens of delicious cookies.

I made three kinds:

(1) SAWIC cookies.
(2) A sugar cookie, lost to the blank slate of time.
(3) These chocolate drops, a.k.a. my favorite cookie in the entire world.

The recipe is based on this one. Even lightened up, these cookies are still melt-in-your-mouth delicious. And they were a hit at our wedding.

I suppose there’s a moral in here somewhere … something about not baking the day before getting married mumble de mumble blah … what? I was eating a cookie and got distracted.

[Chuck May Photography]

Wedding Chocolate Drops

  Prep Time: 10 minutes

  Cook Time: 15 minutes

  Keywords: bake dessert chocolate cookie

Ingredients (15 large cookies)

  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • 4 ounces 60% cacao chocolate chips (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup dried fruit. such as cranberries or cherries (optional)


Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Place butter and chocolate in microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until chocolate is melted. Alternately, you can use a double boiler over low heat to melt the chocolate, or place butter and chocolate in heat-safe bowl over a small saucepan with simmering water and stir until chocolate is melted.

Add sugars, vanilla, eggs, and buttermilk to chocolate mixture and beat until thick (about 2 minutes).

Add cocoa, cinnamon, and salt to mixture; stir well. Add flour and stir lightly until just mixed. Stir in chocolate chunks and dried fruit, if desired.

Drop spoonfuls of batter onto greased or Silpatted baking sheets, spacing them about 2 inches apart. Bake until cookies are set but still soft in the center, about 12 to 15 minutes.

Let cool for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire rack. Serve while still warm and fudgy or at room temperature.

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Remember, dear reader: KISM (Keep It Simple, Mahfriend).

Have a great weekend! Peter’s parents are coming for a long-anticipated visit, so I’ll check in with you all again on Monday.


  1. First…Happy belated B-Day Jessie! BTW-out of your 28 things learnt…my favourite is “If you try to please everyone, you’ll end up pleasing no one.” Very similar to my “I can’t be everything to everyone.” I’ve actually been overusing this expression lately. LOL

    Now, back to baking cookies the day before your wedding…what a crazy nut you were! How chocoholic of you ;o)
    BTW…loving the memorable pic of you and Hubby at your elegantly rustic reception hall…gorgeous ;o)

    Have a great week.
    Ciao for now,

    1. Thanks, Claudia! Have a wonderful weekend!

  2. yummy!!
    can’t wait to see you guys!

  3. JESSSIEEEE!!! 🙂

    I’ve been thinking a lot about you lately. 🙂 I hope you’re doing well in the new place!

    Reading about your chocolate wedding drops bring a smile on my face because: 1) i like you 2) i like chocolate 3) let’s just say weddings hold a special place in my heart right now. 🙂

    lots of lurrrve,
    Aletheia <3

    1. You are such a sweetie, Aletheia! I can see why weddings hold a special place in your heart 😉 Miss you! xx

  4. I have a definite tendency to bake when I’m nervous…so I definitely foresee myself baking like a crazy person the day before my wedding!! I can see why you love these so much. They sound addictive!

  5. Happy Belated Birthday sweetie! I have missed so much 🙁
    Love the story, cookies and photo! Hugs

    1. Thanks, Alisha! I hope all is well with you 🙂

  6. Favourite in the world? That’s quite an endorsement!
    Cookies are my favourite dessert ever. I’ve just pinned these ones!

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