Tuesday, September 16, 2008

TWD: Chocolate Chunkers

Claudia of Fool for Food (which, by the way, is really cool because it's in German) continued our cookie baking trend of the last few weeks and chose Chocolate Chunkers.  I'm glad for the cookies, because cookies tend to be easy.  I love easy.  While this recipe wasn't difficult to make, it did require many ingredents.  I don't usually post the process, I'm more of a finished baked goods kind of gal.  But this I had to post.

We start with cocoa, flour, salt, and baking powder.


Then move on to unsweetened chocolate, bittersweet chocolate, and butter.



Sugar, eggs, and vanilla are also involved.



And then, there are the mix-ins.  More bittersweet chocolate, milk chocolate, toasted almonds, and a dried fruit mix.  (I substituted the almonds for peanuts and the dried fruit for raisins).  I skipped the white chocolate because, well, it's not chocolate.



There was a lot going on in this cookie.  I did discover that this is one of the few Dorie cookies that does not benefit from a little trip to the fridge.  Since the "dough" is largely chocolate, it made it difficult to scoop.  You'll notice the quotes around the word dough because there was little if anything holding all the mix-ins together.



Here is a finished cookie.  It was good.  It was also very rich.  This was not a snacking cookie.  And it definitely required milk.  Truth be told, it was on the expensive side as well.  I made more cookies than the original recipe stated, but I'm pretty sure I made them smaller than Dorie called for.  I don't think I'll rush out and make these again any time soon.  I just wasn't that into them.

Up next week:  Dimply Plum Cake chosen by Michelle of Bake-en.  Much as I've loved all the cookies, I'm excited to do something else.

31 comments:

Nickki said...

They look so good! As much as I enjoyed these cookies, I won't be making these again all that often. They are too expensive to make a habit out of. It must be the frugal scottish girl in me ;)

I can't wait to make the plum cake either.

CB said...

Love the process picture esp the one with all the different chocolate in the bowl. Yum!
Clara @ iheartfood4thought

chocolatechic said...

I chilled mine too...

These were wonderful.

PANTRY REVISITED by Peggy said...

Your pictures are great! I think I need to take more time with my photos. Great job!

Cathy said...

I agree with you about the richness and the need for milk! It sounds like I enjoyed these more than you did, but I am also ready to move on from the cookies for a while! See you next week on Plum Cake Day!!

April said...

Great step by step pictures! And the cookies look great. I've enjoyed the cookie making too but I'm ready for a change.

Lori said...

i'm with you -- smaller next time, these are SO rich!!

SiHaN said...

definitely not for snacking on. heavy on both the waistline and the wallet. BUT still darn good!

Engineer Baker said...

I agree wholeheartedly - this is definitely not a snacking cookie. A bit on the rich side for me.

bakingwiththeboys said...

My veins must be made out of chocolate because I think I could snack on these. Love the process pictures. The amount of dry ingredients v. mix-ins says it all.

Everyday Gourmet said...

Your cookies look awesome!! I love how you posted the steps as you went. What a good idea.

n.o.e said...

I really did like these cookies, but I can't imagine making them regularly. If I'm going to use all that chocolate, I'll make the Quintuple Chocolate Brownies again. I made the plum cake on Sunday and it is heaven in a cake pan!
Nancy

Tammy said...

Yum! I'm actually going to make these again tonight - although agree, they are not cheap to make!

The DeL Sisters said...

They look very nice!

James said...

Great process photos! Makes me wish I did better myself. I just whip out my phone and snap shots at random times.

I, too, am looking forward for something a little different.

Megan said...

Aww - sorry they weren't high up on your list. I cut the recipe in half and would have gladly eaten them all. Maybe it's because they are pure chocolate!!

Kayte said...

What a great post...all the photos and commentary...wow, love it, as usual. Always fun to come over every week and see what you are up to. I agree on the expensive side of these cookies...they were that. My boys loved them, so I guess that was worth it. You are right about it being harder to scoop once refrigerated. I left it out a little to get it to scoop better. Great job on the cookies!

Mike Spoodles said...

It's not expensive if you sneak bits out of your family's baking stash. Ahem...I mean, I was entirely on the up-and-up of course.

Tammy said...

Hi Jules

see my comment on my blog to you re: golden syrup

Tammy

The Food Librarian said...

I like the play-by-play photos! Yes, these are definitely "with milk" cookies.

Bria said...

Yeah I'm put off by how expensive these cookies are to make, and for me personally, there was no flavour pay off. I still have so many in my freezer to bake...

Mary said...

I agree...I think they were sort of expensive for a cookie. Your pictures were great..I loved the intermediate steps..it looks like a chemistry experiment! Mary

Sherry Trifle - Lovely Cats said...

I love your process pics. The finished product looks delicious. Yes, I agree about the expense - I would make them again only as a special treat, maybe over the Holidays.

The Spiteful Chef said...

I don't LIKE these cookies, Jules. I just don't. Does that make me a bad woman? Chunky? Sure. Rich? Certainly. Delicious? Ehhhhh, questionable. Maybe I just don't like biting into fruit in my chocolate chip cookies. Maybe I resent the sheer quantity I burned. Either way, I'm giving it two enthusiastic thumbs down (well, one and a half since I burned one thumb pretty badly trying to scrape a burned cookie from a hot-ass tray).

kim said...

these were definitely some expensive cookies!! glad you liked them, they look delicious :)

Tracey said...

Nice pictures! I agree with you on the cookies....a little expensive and not my favorite.

Karen said...

I love all of the pictures of your set up! :) Nice! They look great!

carmen said...

Yum!! You know, if I actually put the raisins in, I bet I would have liked them - but I just didn't like the idea of it so I left them out! I like how you show all the steps. :)

Michelle Ioapo A'etonu said...

thanks for commenting on my blog. I still consider myself new at this and it's always fun to get comments from people. your pictures (and cookies) are great, by the way!

Barbara said...

Love your process pictures! Too bad you weren't crazy about them. (We loved them, but then we are chocolate freaks.)

Lainie said...

I tried making these too. I agree with you - there's a lot going on. It seemed like it was really sweet without anything to make it terribly remarkable.