When I first saw the recipe for this week's Tuesdays With Dorie selection, Chocolate Chunkers, I was on the fence. Right away, there were some obvious offenders: this super-chocolatey cookie also has nuts and raisins in it. Nuts in baked goods aren't my thing, and raisins in chocolate cookies...How can I even begin to describe all of the things wrong with that combination?
I could have been brave and bought the nuts and raisins and tried them anyway. I thought about it. And then I considered the price of the more-than-a-pound of good quality chocolate I would be pouring into the batter. Then I heard the voice of my chocolate-loving, produce-hating boyfriend in my head and imagined the look of horror on his face if he were to see me dump raisins (practically fruit!) into the chocolatey batter. In the end, I decided not to risk it.
And so instead I made Chocolate Chunkers with nothing but chocolate added in. I used a mix of melted dark and semi-sweet chocolate in the batter, which gave it a nice complex flavour, and added chopped Lindt milk chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate chips to the finished batter.
Based on the low amount of flour in the recipe, I knew I was in for a brownie-like treat, and I was right. They tasted like a chocolate chunk brownie and cookie hybrid. The cookies were fudgy on the inside with a light crust around the edge and those gooey chunks of chocolate strewn all about.
Happily, I was almost able to fool myself into thinking that these were "low calorie" since there were just a few tablespoons of butter in the batter. I needed to trick myself, too, because these cookies were amazing, and I had a hard time not eating them all myself. That would have been bad news, since we were visiting family for the weekend, and it would have been a shame to not share such a rich, chocolatey cookie with my boyfriend's teenage brothers!
If it wasn't so expensive, I would make this recipe again soon. Instead, I think I'll store it away for a special occasion -- maybe Christmas?
Thank you so much to Claudia of Fool for Food for choosing this wonderful recipe. My boyfriend, his family, and I couldn't be more pleased with your selection!