Thursday, April 29, 2010

Double-Shot Mocha Chunks (Treats For Co-Irkers)

Cookie dough can sometimes be difficult to work with and likes to leave me puzzling over why one time my cookies will turn out flat and the next time I make the same recipe they barely spread out at all in the oven. I usually bake a test batch of 3 or 4 cookies just to see how the little buggers are going to behave before moving on to bake the rest of the batch. Take these cookies for instance. The test batch came out looking like piles of poo, with absolutely no oven spread whatsoever.

So for the next batch, I flattened them a bit with a fork before baking them. They turned out looking like piles of poo that had been stepped on.

For the third batch, the anal retentive, obsessive compulsive perfectionist in me canvassed the entire kitchen until I came up with an appropriate tool to flatten them completely, plus it left them with a pretty little design as a bonus.

I can tell you're dying to know what I used, aren't you?

It's the plunger piece from my food processor! (Go ahead, you know you want to applaud me for that one.)

These cookies are delicious, brownie-like delights, with little semi-sweet and white chocolate surprises. Have a glass of milk ready. You're going to need it.

Double-Shot Mocha Chunks (from the King Arthur catalog)

1/2 cup (one stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp espresso powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla
2/3 cup Dutch-process cocoa
1 3/4 cup white whole wheat flour
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup white chocolate chunks

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray baking sheets with cooking spray or line with parchment paper or silpats.

In a medium bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, baking powder, espresso powder and salt. Add the eggs and vanilla, beating until smooth. Add in the cocoa powder, then the flour. The dough will be stiff. Stir in the chocolate chips and white chocolate chunks.

Drop the dough by tablespoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheets. Bake the cookies for 9-10 minutes. Remove them from the oven and allow them to cool on the pan for a minute or two before removing to a cooling rack to cool completely.


Pam said...

Aren't you clever? Turning those little piles of poo into little cookie works of art.

Julie said...

Co-irkers...I like that!
I don't mind cookies looking like piles of poo if they are delicious.

Megan said...

Poo that had been stepped on -- you are so funny! I always know I'll be entertained when I read your blog. I love your creativity in flattening the cookies. I was wondering how you did that when I saw the first picture at the top of the page. I don't know if it will help, but I have really good luck using a cookie scoop (Oxo). I typically use a small one because I like to make mini cookies.

Grumpy and HoneyB said...

hehe. I had some cookies from the Tuesday's with Dorie group turn out this way. Looked like poo but tasted pretty darn good!

Rosemary & Garlic said...

applauding away...

Moogie said...

Okay... first of all. I am sick and tired of the co-irkers getting all the yummies.

I would gladly eat the ones that look like poo.

Julie said...

I bet these cookies were the delicious!! Love that you kept trying to get them to look like nice piles of poo.

From the Kitchen said...

I like "multi use" kitchen tools. I wonder what else the plunger from the processor could be used for. I have found that, sometimes, chocolate in cookies can do strange things with regard to how they shape up. This sounds like a delicious cookie recipe. Thanks!


Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

You had me at "double-shot"! Very clever to use the piece from your food processor! I want a few of these cookies right now!

June said...

You perfectionist you ...they are gorgeous. You're so creative Mags and those cookies look "killer". PS you can send me your test cookies anytime! LOL

Leslie said...

I am applauding you (can you hear it?)! These look yummy, especially with the artful use of your food processor plunger.

Memória said...

I'm applauding with Leslie. Too funny! I love how you called them stepped-on poo. These cookies do look yummy, though!

Tia said...

yummiest 'poo' ever i bet!!!

Jessy said...

It's what's on the inside that counts, right? Who cares what they look like, they look yummy!

Very creative idea on the cookies, by the way.

Co Irker said...

Okay when I first saw these at work I thought, "Damn, she made chocolate roses!" I had assumed you had used a flower mold.I like the fact that you used a food processor - it sounds like something I would do thus making me feel cool.

Anywho, these cookies are so good and small enough that you feel justified in having at least two. And they are truly more cakey-brownie like so if you're in to that (which I, of course, am) go make these NOW!

Thank you our mocha making magician.


Sweet and Savory said...

Mags, I have to try these just to try that plunger thing, as you aptly put it and to see how they turn out for me. I will make them for my class. They will love them and so will I.

stephchows said...

HAHAHHAHA yeah... mine would have been poo shaped... since I'm impatient and just toss them all on the sheet and say giddeyup!

Joanne said...

Cookies are super tricky things that I certainly will never understand. But as long as they taste good, I shall keep making them!

These sound and look delicious.