Tuesday, September 9, 2008

TWD: Chocolate Malted Whopper Drops

This one's definitely for those of us with a chronic sweet tooth. Here's how Dorie starts off the recipe in her book:

"If you're thinking that these sound like something right out of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory, you're right. They are almost equal parts candy and cookie...."

Sounds fantastic, right? But, overall, I have to admit I was a little disappointed in these cookies. Don't get me wrong, they were good, I guess I was just expecting more. Maybe I'm just not a malt-flavor kind of gal. Usually, the raw dough is a good indicator of how good a cookie will be, but not so in this case. My first reaction from the glob I swiped from the paddle only rated a "meh". They really improved with baking, however. They're a nice, soft cookie and every bite was filled with either bittersweet chocolate and/or a whopper chunk.

If you decide to make these, and if you're a lover of whoppers and/or Ovaltine you should, here's my two cents worth:

  1. I followed the advice of a fellow TWDer and just chopped the whoppers in half. This left recognizable chunks in the cookies. Some people said that they chopped the whoppers up and you really couldn't tell they were in there. Also, the box I bought at the grocery store was 5 ounces, this was plenty.

  2. I used regular-flavored Ovaltine and didn't think the cookies were overpowered with chocolate flavor (some reviewers who used chocolate Ovaltine thought this).
  3. "Ovaltine for Radiant Health" - I love that. So these cookies must be good for you!

  4. The recipe calls for using parchment paper or silpat mats on the trays. I just used Pam and didn't have too much trouble getting them off, but a word of caution...



  5. Once you pull these out of the oven, definitely let them sit on the cookie tray for at least 5 minutes. The recipe says 2 minutes, but they were still awfully fragile at this point and a few had to be disposed of right away because they just fell apart (one of my little sous chefs happily came to the rescue).

My cookies don't look a thing like the photo in the book, and in fact, I don't think they're really much to look at. So here's how I decided to eat them, taking a cue from the book (Dorie's got the whole cookies sitting atop a large mound of vanilla ice cream):

I enjoyed a few bites of this during the blissful silence of nap time. Had to force myself to only have a little bit and put the rest back in the freezer for tomorrow (with all the baking I'm doing, I am downright fearful of the scale these days - an occupational hazard of food blogging?)

Thanks to Rachel at Confessions of a Tangerine Tart for choosing the recipe this week (you can find the recipe there). And check here for all the TWD folks who'll be posting their results too.

On deck for next week: Chocolate Chunkers (yes, another cookie recipe - my kids are rejoicing!)

22 comments:

Prudy said...

The cookies look wonderful over ice cream. I actually really liked the dough, and I liked the cookies too. I did add an extra cup of flour, since I really prefer a sturdy cookie. Lovely work again, and everything look extra wonderful against your polka dot background.

Flourchild said...

They weren't my favorite cookie, but it was fun baking them. That's one reason I love this group we get to bake things we may not choose and are different. I really like your picture of the cookies right out of the oven. Thanks for your tips too!

Melissa said...

I ate some of mine with ice cream too, and thought they were delish. Maybe next week's cookies will be tastier for you!

Cathy said...

Laura, that vintage Ovaltine ad made me laugh out loud -- come to think of it, I DID feel radiantly healthy last week! Sorry you didn't love these; I guess we just never know what will be the hits and what will be the misses. Mine were also EXTREMELY fragile right out of the oven -- I think crumbling them and sprinkling them on ice cream is an oh-so-brilliant idea!

Flourchild said...

By the way I love your home page..your cupcakes look so GOOD! Did you take that picture yourself?
Ok Im off to look at more TWD cookies!

Laura said...

flourchild - Nope, I must confess I did not take that photo. Found it on the internet and modified it (I sure hope I'm not infringing on anyone's copyright - didn't see one when I found it). I keep intending to make my own cupcakes and photograph them but haven't gotten around to it yet. I really need to do that!

Rebecca of "Ezra Pound Cake" said...

I wasn't a fan of these cookies, either, but a little ice cream might have coaxed me. Your cookies look great!

n.o.e said...

Oh, I love how your cookie looks all crumbled in the ice cream! I made some of mine into ice cream sandwiches. They were sort of a disaster, but they actually taste good that way.
Nancy

Jennifer said...

It is after reading this recipe on TWD that I decided I should buy the cookbook, so I am bummed they aren't everyone's favorite. I think I will still try them anyway, if my book EVER gets here!

Anne said...

They look like the perfect accompaniment to ice cream! i agree about the taste of the dough, but they were great out of the oven!

HoneyB said...

cookies and ice cream! yumm!

Engineer Baker said...

There are definitely occupational hazards to being a food blogger, but some definite high points too :) I bet these were wonderful over ice cream

Liz said...

Ice cream is a brilliant idea, I think the cookies needed something to cut the richness and chocolatey-ness (that should totally be a word.)

Also, I agree--there were some definitely shenanigans going on with the pictures in Dorie's book, as my cookies didn't resemble hers much and it doesn't seem like anyone else's did, either!

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow looks yummmmmmmmmmmmmmy.

Mevrouw Cupcake said...

Yes, fear of scales is an occupational hazard of food blogging, there should be a warning about that...LOL!

Cathy said...

Hey Laura -- I'm SO excited that you're going to sign up for Barefoot Bloggers! Hope to see you on Thursdays soon!

Christine said...

I can't even go near a scale right now I think it will send me over the edge. Hopefully next week's cookie will be your favorite!

The DeL Sisters said...

We had them with ice cream as well ! We liked them that way better.

Jules Someone said...

Those look delicious! I especially like them with the ice cream!

Teanna said...

LOVE that ... sprinkled over ice cream! Now your talking!

Pamela said...

The cookies look like they have the perfect home, sprinkled over that ice cream. They weren't pretty, but they were pretty tasty.

Barbara said...

Yes, I know what you mean about fear of scales! I was surprised to find I had actually lost a few pounds when I went in for my yearly checkup in August. Of course, that was before all the cookies...haven't weighed myself since!