So, you had to know that with all the chocolate going in to this recipe that I was going to be a happy girl. Claudia of Fool for Food selected Chocolate Chunkers from everyone's favorite baking book for this week's Tuesdays with Dorie offering. Thank you Claudia!
These cookies were interesting to make because, aside from there being soooooo much chocolate going on, there is very little flour going on - the consistency of the dough seemed like more of a really, really thick brownie batter to me (and tasted awesome too!) I'm sure that it will come as no surprise to those of you who have been here before that I did not add any dried fruit of any kind. If I was going to commit so much of my good chocolate hoard to this recipe (and it did take what - about a pound of dark chocolate and almost a half pound of my good white chocolate) then I wasn't risking hating these cookies by adding something I know I don't usually like to it.
What I did add, or actually just change, was the type of nuts I added to these cookies - I used chopped macadamia nuts which ended up being a really good idea. I think I would actually really like it with pecans too, but I had just the right amount of macadamias on hand. I couldn't help thinking that this was a pretty expensive recipe to make though since, as mentioned before, it took a hefty chunk out of my baking stash of chocolate and nuts.
That got me thinking about ingredients and how I decide what recipes I'm going to make or not -a lot of the time depending on what it will cost me to make it. What ingredients do you hoard? For me it is mainly the chocolate and nuts, but also my good vanilla and cocoa. Come on people - fess up - don't make me think it is just me!
So, after all that, were they worth it? Honestly - for me, they were just good (I think I'm starting to become slighty jaded from all the excellent baked goods every week) but a few of the folks I shared them with had the following to say:
Blue Dragons Coach: "These are the best cookies I have ever had in my life."
Friend Who Is A Caterer: "Oh wow! These are amazing! Oh wow!"
So, I pretty much took that to mean that they liked them! For me, even though they were really good, I don't know when or if I would commit so much of my ingredients to them again.
Don't miss out on all the other chocolatey goodness - head on over to the Tuesdays with Dorie blogroll and see how everyone else managed.