Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Tuesdays with Dorie this week is all about the Chocablock Cookies, chosen by Mary of Popsicles and Sandy Feet. Do you remember the Granola Grabbers? What about the Chocolate Chunkers? Well, these Chocablock Cookies really remind me of both - except that I really liked both other cookies better.
Unlike many of the other TWDer's this week, I have no issues with molasses, which was a main component in these cookies, but I am really just not a fan of dried fruit. Period. I guess it is just a matter of taste.
Since I did have some dried apricots in my pantry though I decided to try it anyway and give them a chance. So, for my cookies, I used the basic recipe in the book, but used macadamia nuts instead of walnuts or pecans or something else. I used the dried apricots, included the coconut and all the chocolate chunks. Out of sheer curiosity with all the add-in's I actually dumped them all in a large glass measuring cup to find out that this recipe pretty much does equal out to a full 4-cups worth of add-ins. Therefore, it is safe to assume that if you are the type of person who doesn't like cookies full of 'stuff' then these are definitely not for you.
If however, you are a lover of the dried fruits in baked goods thing, well, then these should be right up your alley and since they were easy and quick to toss together you should just go make them right now.
So, why were these cookies just 'meh' for me? Well, like I said, it is just a matter of taste. If I had gone with my usual modus operandi and bagged the dried apricots, I would have really liked them just fine. Since I didn't, and I really couldn't stand all the bites with the apricots jumping out at me, I really didn't enjoy the cookie. It's a real bummer too because, did I mention, a full 4-CUPS worth of mix-in ingredients!!
Either way, the cookies won't go to waste. They will just be pawned off to friends and family who like dried fruit in their baked goods.
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