Recreating HUDS Dishes: Chocolate Desserts Edition
With many of us off campus (and others heading out for the summer in just a few short weeks), you might be missing some of HUDS most iconic sugary sweets. So, no matter how long you’ve been off campus (or if you’ve never been on campus 😔), we’ve got the recipes to recreate some delicious selections from the HUDS dessert offerings to satisfy your sweet tooth! So grab some friends, procrastinate studying for that final paper, have a virtual baking party, and try out these slices of chocolate heaven (in our humble opinion).
Disclaimer: May or may not cause excessive amounts of serotonin and general happiness.
Double Chocolate-Chip Cookies
I’ve heard legends of the HUDS Cookie Bar and the local hotspot Insomnia Cookies’ chocolate chip cookies. If you’re looking to recreate this alleged chocolatey goodness for some late night munchies as you work on your pset or essay, check out this recipe to make your own massive chocolate chunky, drool-worthy cookies.
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour (leveled and sieved)
10 tablespoons margarine or butter (this seems a lot, but it is the KEY to the recipe)
¾ cups sugar (alter to your liking)
1 tablespoon cocoa powder (can be increased for maximum chocolatey-ness)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg (must be large)
A pinch of salt (alter with finger/pinch size)
½ tablespoon baking soda
½ cup chocolate chips (both white and semi-sweet dark chips)
⅔ cups of peanut butter (optional, but you will not regret it)
Cold milk (for drinking, if you take warm milk — no)
Preheat the oven to 190 degrees Celsius (375 degrees for all of you Daniel Fahrenheit followers). Butter a flat baking pan then line with parchment paper, leaving a few centimeters hanging off the two sides of the pan (you do the centimeters to inches conversion for once, this international student is tired). Sieve the flour and mix in the dry ingredients — salt, baking soda, and cocoa powder. In a different bowl, cream the butter and add in the sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy (two to three minutes if using a mixture and five to six minutes if using a hand whisk). Add in the vanilla extract, peanut butter, and eggs, cracking the eggs in a separate bowl and adding them in one by one.
Mix the dry and wet ingredients, adding the dry to the wet in three batches. Incorporate in all the flour, then add in chocolate chips and mix gently with a spatula until evenly mixed into the dough.
Roll out the dough using some extra flour and cut out shapes with a cookie cutter.
(Much Easier) Option 2:
Using your hands, make small balls and flatten them using a spatula or a fork for a cool criss-cross design. Put cookies on baking pan and bake for 20-25 minutes or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool (optional), remove from baking pan, and serve with COLD milk.
Of course, feel free to alter the recipe to your liking, be it taking them with warm milk or using less butter. We recommend you enjoy these desserts while watching either “The Kissing Booth 2” because Netflix likes to portray Harvard in a very interesting way (do Harvard dorm rooms actually have fireplaces?) or ‘The Princess Switch 2” (spoiler: it’s horrible) because finals are sad and I need to ignore my problems with rom-coms. Happy baking!
Chocolate Whoopie Pie
Sweet chocolate cake paired with a vanilla frosting filling, what could be a more satisfying dessert for your sweet tooth? There is no better way to fill your time procrastinating your psets or studying for finals than baking this scrumptious dessert — while you're at it, why not bake some extras as a sweet surprise for friends and family!
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
1 1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup milk
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3–4 tbsp milk
To make these scrumptious sweets, first you must combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. In a separate bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Then mix in the egg and vanilla extract, and slowly combine with the milk. Once you have done this, add in your previously mixed dry ingredients to make the chocolaty batter.
Using a cookie scoop or a spoon, scoop out the batter and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake this for 10 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. While the cake portion of the dessert is baking, beat together the butter, sugar, vanilla extract, and milk to make the filling.
Once the cakes are fully cooked and cooled, pipe the buttercream filling onto the cake mounds, and then sandwich two together to make a delectable chocolate whoopie pie similar to the ones HUDS serves. I guarantee if you eat these during your last few Zoom classes of the semester, you will make all your classmates jealous that you have such a delicious dessert to enjoy!