Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Tuesdays With Dorie: Chocolate Chunkers

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!


chocolatechic September 16, 2008 at 9:51:00 AM EDT  

I was in chocolate heaven with these cookies.

I only regret that I chilled them

Lori September 16, 2008 at 11:53:00 AM EDT  

i am SO with you in thinking that raisins do not belong in the vicinity of a chocolate baked good. what a bizarre and horrifying idea. :) your cookies look great!

Frida September 16, 2008 at 12:04:00 PM EDT  

It looks delicious!

Engineer Baker September 16, 2008 at 2:32:00 PM EDT  

I love how shiny and crackly your cookies are - so pretty. I must admit though, that I really enjoyed the raisins in these, they sort of cut the chocolate enough that I could manage to eat an entire cookie at a time. Otherwise they were just too rich!

Jess September 16, 2008 at 8:51:00 PM EDT  

Those look great - I didn't use raisins either, but maybe they would have cut the intensity of the chocolate a bit...

Marthe September 17, 2008 at 7:58:00 AM EDT  

These cookies are so wrong, they must be right!!
I did use raisins and absolutely loved them in these cookies.

n.o.e September 17, 2008 at 9:23:00 AM EDT  

Glad you loved them so much, yours are beautiful with that little crust. Yum! I made them both with and without fruit and nuts. They were great both ways, but a completely different cookie. The fruit and nuts brought them to a level of flavor complexity.

Pamela September 17, 2008 at 1:57:00 PM EDT  

These really were a great cookie. I am definitely going to add them to the cookie trays this year! Pure decadence.

Erin September 17, 2008 at 9:17:00 PM EDT  

Your cookies look great- so nice and chocolaty!

matty September 17, 2008 at 10:36:00 PM EDT  

Some of the best cookies I have ever had!

Parker September 18, 2008 at 8:44:00 AM EDT  

I always seem to stumble on your Tuesdays with Dorie recipes. And glad I do because these cookies look awesome.

Barbara September 19, 2008 at 3:29:00 PM EDT  

Weren't these great? I did add some nuts & dried cherries, but I'm sure they were great just as "over the top nothing but chocolate" too.

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