Tuesday, September 16, 2008

TWD: Chocolate Chunkers

Okay, this is without a doubt, my favorite Tuesdays With Dorie recipe so far. Oh my goodness are these suckers good - I'd even go so far as to say they're downright sinful. Yes folks, this rich little cookie is enough to send this good Catholic girl to confession. (Well, maybe not that sinful, but still decadent and utterly delicious!)

I knew after reading the recipe that these would be truly great cookies because they were loaded up with delicious things - dark chocolate, white chocolate, pecans and raisins. In fact, if anything, I was a little concerned about the lack of much else in them. The recipe only calls for 1/3 cup of flour and 3 tablespoons of butter - this to make 2 dozen cookies. I should have just trusted Dorie's greatness - there's the perfect amount of fudgy, brownie-like cookie holding all those chunks o' goodness together.

A few notes for when you make these (and you must):

  • Though the raisins were good in this cookie, next time I'm going to use dried cranberries and the time after that I'm going to use dried cherries (because I WILL be making these many times, I can assure you). I think either of these two choices would be better in this recipe than raisins.

  • Definitely use parchment paper. I had no trouble at all lifting them off the paper.

  • Finally, these cookies need to come with a warning - they are rich and extremely addictive. You might want to freeze some before you even take your first bite.

There's only one drawback to this cookie and that's how they look. The first round looked, well a little lumpy:

For the next round to go in the oven, I kinda flattened them out a little with my hand and they turned out better.

Everyone in the house raved about these - even the littlest one got the opportunity to try one. He has apparently grown taller since the last time I really checked and can now easily grab things off the counter. After I put the 2nd round of dough on the cookie sheets and into the oven, I turned around to find crumbs and chocolate smeared all over the floor. When I looked up, I saw the same said cookie remains smeared all over a tiny, smiling face and hands:

Now that was one happy boy, let me tell ya - until I wouldn't let him have another. These things are chock full of choking hazards - big chunks of nuts and raisins (my sister-in-law the doctor is probably having a kinipshin right about now). Totally yummy for those of over age 3, but not such a great idea for little 13 month olds, no matter how tall they're getting or how cute they look covered in chocolate. I'll make them again little man, I promise.

You all (look at that, I've been too far north for too long I guess - should read y'all) can find the recipe at Fool for Food - wish I could speak or at least read German because her site looks great! Thank you so much for picking this cookie Claudia!

Y'all come back next Tuesday for Dimply Plum Cake!


Prudy said...

I was excited to come here this morning, knowing full well these gorgeous cookies would look even better with your pink polka dotted background. Your little one pic is brilliant-what better testament to the greatness of these cookies than a little stolen treasure? I agree, I've got to make these again with new mix ins. Great work.

Lori said...

they do freeze well, by the way, and are even good straight out of the freezer in a desperate pinch. :)

Cathy said...

Fellow good Catholic girl here (and I'll have to send my friend Lisa your way) also feeling a little guilty about my overindulgence on these fabulous --Dorie was not kidding -- TRULY FABULOUS cookies! I think yours look great! And so glad that your little helper has cheered up,I guess all it took was a little chocolate! I'll need to add that to my bag of tricks!

Susie Homemaker said...

I wanted to feed them to Seven, too, but every pasrt of them was chunky! HAZARD is right!
Yours look great, and I love the baby pic!!

SiHaN said...

poor little man. hope he grows up fast enough to get his hands on these 'dangerous' little goodies!

Engineer Baker said...

Haha - I love how happy your little one looks, all smeared in chocolate. Can't go wrong there! And I'm glad you have so many plans for different takes on these - you'll have to let us know which you like best!

Matt's Kitchen said...

You are killing me with these pictures of your children! You have such a gift for capturing them in all of their glory. That toothy little laugh and chocolate stained fingers and mouth say it all. That's what baking is all about: bringing simple pleasures to those we love!

The DeL Sisters said...

Mmmm. Those look so chunky!

n.o.e said...

Ah, let's hear it for sinfulness (another fellow Catholic here). I'll bet the cherries will be amazing - I have a minor obsession with sour cherries. I forced myself to branch out with these!

Anne said...

My little helper is 20 months and just loves being able to reach the counter... but it makes me crazy! I can't blame him though, the cookies are so tempting on the cooling rack (and yours look delicious!)

Jules Someone said...

Delicious looking cookies! Love the chocolate hands.

Barbara said...

Love the picture of your chocolate-covered child!

These really should come with a warning label, you're right. I used dried cherries and they were great. I liked the tartness they added.