In which I make coal cookies.
I made a double batch, so I was able to dump two full bags of chips into the batter–unimaginable luxury! After I made up the batter I thought I might have used some bourbon instead of all the vanilla, and then I remembered Dad drank it all last time my parents visited (not that I didn't help). Maybe next time.
The cookies don't spread much while they bake, so you can put them fairly close together.
After the cookies come out of the oven you're supposed to mush them up some to make them look more like coal. You have to do this pretty quick, because if they've set up too much they just crumble under your fingers. It worked best for me to squish the outside of the cookies toward the middle–that way the bottom of the cookie stays flat and solid while the top looks attractively crumpled. I tried to use the back of a spoon and a spatula, but that just cut the cookies into crumbs, so that meant fingers meeting hot hot hot melted chocolate chips ow ow ow.
I did not add raisins or nuts, but I have no objection to them.