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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

TWD: Chocolate Chunkers


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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.


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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.


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40 comments:

mimi said...

what a mountain of chocolate, those cookies look great!

Marthe said...

OMG, aren't these fantastic?

Manggy said...

Oh my, they look like wet dough drops-- just the way I like ;) Totally delicious! I think I hoard... Flour. Sugar. Some chocolate. But that's it :)

Lori said...

i agree....dried fruit, with all this amazing chocolate?! no way. but changing to macadamia nuts, that's inspired. your cookies look great!

chocolatechic said...

I, too, hoard my good chocolate...and pecans. Man! they are expensive.

Your cookies look great.

I loved this selection.

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

These cookies were delicious! I'm glad it made a big batch. As for ingredients I hoard...I won't use good chocolate on ordinary cookies. I'll use the bag of chipits instead. Macadamias are another. On the flip side, I have some hard margarine in the fridge that I need to get rid of, but I haven't found a baking project that I want to use it with. Real butter always wins over the hard margarine.

Madam Chow said...

I hoard chocolate, nuts, vanilla, saffron, and a variety of flours. And your cookies turned out great - they are my favorite Dorie cookies to date!

CB said...

Mmmm macadamia nuts. Good nutty choice. Let me see. I hoard lots of stuff: vanilla beans, cupcake liners, sprinkles, white chocolate chips, cake mix etc etc. Trust. You aren't alone. LOL
Clara @ iheartfood4thought

Jodie said...

Yours do look pretty yummy. I'm all about hoarding ingredients. Those babies can be expensive. Which is why, after reading the recipe, I only made a few of these. :)

Mara said...

hee hee i had to scale back the chocolate and did not do the melted mix in...i wanted a paler cookie this week! as for hoarding, the appropriate question would be, what DON'T i hoard?? you should see our pantry...my hub says we could live out of it for a month at least.

rainbowbrown said...

Chocolate is something that I do need a really good reason to use a lot of. Your cookies look very tasty.

Maria said...

I made these awhile ago and I loved them! So chocolaty and delicious!! Yours turned out great!

Susie Homemaker said...

Nice one Holly - these look so good!! Oh, and we got your buddy hooked up - lots and lots of cookies will head that way!!

SiHaN said...

tres tres bien gurl. Those look fabulous! in fact i feel like grabbing one off the screen now to munch down. groanz

vibi said...

Do you remember Speedy Gonzalez? ...the mexican mouse who had the time to take a chunker's picture before its chocolate had the time to even firm up? LOL LOL
Those look amazingly soft... what a great close up picture!
Great job!

Engineer Baker said...

Ooo - macadamia nuts would be wonderful. And here's my confession - I hoard nuts, vanilla beans, and my whole nutmegs. I hate it when I have to haul any of them out for a recipe because I'm scared it won't turn out well and I will have wasted them.

TeaLady said...

as usual your cookies look scrumptious. Wish my pics came out as clear as yours. Yummy!!!

Lauren said...

Rocky mountain, is that where you're from? Looks terrific and I love the macadamia nuts. If we didn't do the malt thing last week, I think these would have been my family fave. It's still delicious. Oh, I hoard chocolate and nuts. Nuts are in freezer.

The Kitchen Vixen said...

I would sell my soul in order to buy more chocolate for these cookies. they are THAT good;)

SUGAR BETTY said...

Your blog is so fun to read. I love the quotes! I have requested from my fellow tasters to provide comments on my blogs now. No freebies. I also hoard good chocolate at home and I use them here. They were awesome. I agree with you: NO FRUITS. Great job! I will revisit soon.

Liliana said...

Your cookies look amazing! Great idea to use the macademia nuts - I wouldn't use dried fruit either.

Beautiful photos!

Erin said...

These look great! I love all the chocolate. I'm kind of like you in that I don't like to use expensive ingredients for ordinary desserts. I tend to hold on to good chocolate for special occasions!

Mary Ann said...

Way to go with the macadamias, that would've really hit the spot!

Lauren said...

fantastic looking pictures! I loved these cookies!

Tammy said...

I used pecans, but will use macadamias next time. Love your photos!!

Jules Someone said...

I used toasted almonds. Mmmmm. I agree with your rating. These were good, but I wasn't blown away. Ah well.

The Food Librarian said...

Mac Nuts sound fantastic. I'm sure their richness was perfect in the cookie.

n.o.e said...

Oh, I used macadamia nuts also, and they were really good. And I'm totally with you. Great tasting cookies, but if I'm going to use great chocolate I'll make World Peace cookies. Or Quintuple Chocolate Brownies.
Nancy

Carol Peterman said...

I skipped the fruit to suit my husband's taste, and after tasting them, I am glad it is just chocolate and nuts. I loved these cookies! They beat the whoppers from last week. It just keeps getting better and better. These were difficult to make look good in a photo and you did a stunning job with your pictures.

Tracey said...

I am so jealous of your amazing pictures :) Glad you liked the cookies so much!

Prudy said...

No fruit in mine either, but I bet I would have loved those macadamia nuts. They look fabulous. What do I hoard???? Nuts. Definitely nuts.

Anne said...

Your cookies look wonderful! I'm with on hoarding chocolate and nuts (but I do buy flour and sugar in those huge bags at Costco, so I guess I hoard all things baking!)

kim said...

these were super expensive!! sorry they didn't live up to the hype for you... but they look delicious :) macadamias sound perfect. i really loved them, but i doubt i will be making them again anytime soon!

The DeL Sisters said...

I love all that chocolaty goodness!

Kayte said...

Beautiful photos...and your cookies look wonderful. I agree on the amount of ingredients...my oh my I didn't think I would ever see so much chocolate in one place. Definitely not at my place! LOL!

So are we agreed? I will eat all the fruit cookies and you can eat all the chocolate ones? Okay, good, it's settled then.

Jaime said...

i was cheap and used chocolate chips instead of high quality chocolate...though my white choc chips were ghiradelli, does that count for anything? :)

unlike you, i love dried fruit w/chocolate though :)

Rigby said...

Macadamia nuts sound divine! Great idea!

Aran said...

i just had lunch and these gooey cookies are calling my name!

Pamela said...

Well, they certainly look delicious. I'm not much of a chocolate hoarder...yet! Love the ooey gooey picture.

n.o.e said...

I mostly hoard my wonderful sour cherries from Trader Joes and also some honey that we brought back from a monastery in Scotland. That stuff gets doled out like it's gold.
Nancy

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