Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Chocolate Chocolate Chunks

First to start things off - my computer recently suffered from a massive malware/virus attack, so I haven't had a chance to go to other peoples' pages for a while. I gave up yesterday and did a system recovery after seeing nothing else would fix it, so it's like starting from scratch again - lost some of my programs in the process. Hopefully I'll get to reading some other blogs within the next couple days. Anyways, that didn't stop me from baking some good chocolate cookies. This week's Tuesdays with Dorie recipe was picked by Fool for Food.

Chocolate. Lots. of. chocolate. I'm attaching the recipe, so you can see yourself how much is packed into these, and it wasn't helped by the fact that I did a double batch because a friend of mine wanted to help and take a full recipe's amount with her. It actually filled my stand mixer bowl to the brim with a nutty chocolate mix...it looks like death, but the cookies are delicious.

Recipe - adapted from Baking: From My Home to Yours, by Dorie Greenspan p. 70

1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup dutch processed cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
3 tablespoons butter, cut into 12 pieces
17 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped and divided
1 ounce dark chocolate, chopped
2 large eggs, room temperature
2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 ounces white chocolate, chopped
1 1/4 cups chopped pecans
1 cup raisins

Preheat the oven to 350ºF and place parchment paper on top of a baking sheet. Combine the flour, cocoa, salt, and baking powder and stir with a fork. Using a double broiler, melt the butter, 6 ounces of the bittersweet chocolate, and the dark chocolate together. Stir until combined - don't overheat or the ingredients will separate. Once melted, move to the counter to cool.

In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, combine the eggs and sugar and beat until light and foamy, about 2 minutes. Add the vanilla, and then slowly pour in the melted chocolate mixture with the stirring speed on low. Mix until combined, and then scrape down the sides of the bowl to ensure all the ingredients are mixed. Stop the stand mixer and add the dry ingredients. Mix on low speed for several seconds, until all dry ingredients have been consumed. Add the rest of the chocolates, nuts, and raisins, then mix together until evenly spread.

Using a table spoon, scoop heaping piles of the dough onto the parchment paper. Don't worry about separating them - they don't expand much while cooking. Bake each sheet for 10 - 12 minutes, shorter if you're using a dark baking sheet. Remove the baking sheet and allow the cookies a minute or so to cool. Once the edges are hard enough, use a metal spatula to move them from baking sheet to cooling rack. Yields 24 cookies.

I took these into work and people started complaining - not because they were bad, but because they were too good to pass up every time someone walked by them. Dorie definitely got a great recipe here.

Chocolate chocolate chunks

Chocolate packed cookies, loaded with goodies.

See Chocolate chocolate chunks on Key Ingredient.


Lori said...

i can't imagine making a double batch - time to buy stock in a chocolate company!

chocolatechic said...

These were phenomenal!!

Jodie said...

Glad you liked them!

Argus Lou said...

Can imagine how they taste, but would prefer to actually taste 'em. ;-)
(Your last post's remark about how Ovaltine reminded you of sweet potato was funnily remarkable.)

Engineer Baker said...

Wow - a double batch?!? And it's generally a good thing when coworkers complain that your baked goods are irresistable :)

Claudia said...

I'm glad you like the cookies! Great job!

Elle said...

Gimme! Oh, they looks so good! Sorry about your virus--ugh.

SiHaN said...

definitely too good to pass up yet. They were in fact irresistible. Think i'm gonna gain a few pounds. *groanz*

Pamela said...

I'm so sorry about your computer! I recently got a terrible virus on mine, too. Thankfully, everything is back to normal! The cookies look fabulous and they were a winner here, too.