Monday, September 15, 2008

TWD: Chocolate Chunkers


This week's installment of the Tuesdays with Dorie baking fest, chosen by Claudia of Fool for Food, was an interesting conglomeration of chocolate, nuts, and fruit: the Chocolate Chunker*. I made a few essential changes, but on the whole, the character of the cookie stayed the same: chunks of sweet, crunchy, chewy, and gooey held together in a matrix of rich chocolate cookie. If you like chocolate, this is your cookie. If not, consider make this one for a chocolate-loving friend, spouse, or teacher!

Some recipe notes:

  • Don't refrigerate this dough prior to baking. I tested two batches, one refrigerated, one not. They both tasted the same, but the refrigerated dough produced cookies that were drier and looked more crumbly. The dough that I baked without refrigeration produced cookies with smooth, rounded, more attractive tops.
  • These don't spread at all. Where you plop them onto the baking sheet is where they shall remain.
  • I let mine sit on the baking pan for about 3 minutes before removing them to the cooling rack. They are quite soft when they first come out of the oven; if you move them too soon, they'll fall apart.



The Changes . . .


I omitted the raisins and added chopped dried sour cherries in their place. I don't hate raisins; I think they are excellent, imperative even, in oatmeal cookies, morning-glory muffins, and Cadbury Fruit and Nut bars - and that's about it. Raisins in chocolate baked goods? Not so much.



I omitted the ounce of unsweetened chocolate and instead used a decent-quality 60% dark chocolate (Ghirardelli chips) for the bittersweet. I melted this with the butter in the microwave, not a double-boiler.


I used chopped dry-roasted, salted peanuts, as suggested. Pecans would have been good too.



Yum! These are best warm and melty. Sigh.


(p. 70 of Dorie's book)

12 comments:

  1. Your cookies look positively yummy! i love the switch with the dried sour cherries.

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  2. I am semi-obsessed with dried sour cherries. I actually prefer them to raisins in oatmeal cookies. Your cookies are stunning and I loved the practical notes in your post. These are great cookies for the chocolate lovers among us!

    Your blog is beautiful - I'm loving all the other cookies.
    Nancy
    The Dogs Eat the Crumbs

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  3. Oh my! These look divine!

    I have a bit of a secret - I'm not eating sugar right now, but I get my fix from looking at delicious pictures of sweets. Sigh, back to the kitchen for some veggies. Such is the life!

    Thanks for adopting me!

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  4. Oh my. You adopted a non sugar eating blogger?
    Keep posting cookies that look like this and you'll fix her!!

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  5. They look fabulous. Weren't they just delicious? Great job.

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  6. Great photos! Love how you use mini dishes to show examples of the specific chocolates you used.

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  7. Wow, your cookies look absolutely delicious! I haven't been able to find dired sour cherries in Holland, so I still have to try baking with them.
    Dor me this is my favourite cookie by Dorie so far!!

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  8. I can only imagine how wonderful these would be with dried cherries. They look fabulous.

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  9. Lovely! I used dried cherries too. They go so well with chocolate!

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  10. Oh wow these sound really good! I would definitely like to try them out...

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  11. The cherry substitution sounds wonderful! Wow. These look so good and I'm thinking they need to go on my list of "must try's". Thanks for sharing.

    Those cookies look good and yummy!

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